Rocky Mountain Elk
During the winter of 1984 and 1985 we transplanted 150 elk into our Scoop Lake guide area. The transplant involved catching 75 elk in southeastern British Columbia the winter of 1984 and trucking them 1200 miles to Fort Nelson, then flying them 240 miles into Scoop Lake. The following winter of 1985 the same procedure, 75 elk were caught in Elk Island Park, trucked and flown to Scoop Lake. We now have a flourishing herd of elk.
In 1989 we had our first elk hunt, and since then we have been having a modest harvest of 2- 4 elk each season. We have opted to harvest quality bulls verse quantity. Since 1989 we have harvested bulls in the 390 class with our average elk scoring 330-340 Boone and Crocket. Our season is September 1st-10th. Starting in 2008 the government opened elk hunting in a new area within our guide area that has never been hunted for elk. This area supports the majority of the elk population. In 2008 we chased after a couple bulls in excess of 375 B&C. One hunter who did not pull the trigger on a bull passed up 22 bulls scoring over 320 B&C. You will not find any other area that produces as many good quality free range elk in BC.
Our hunts are on foot, hiking from the cabin early in the morning. You are hunting the minute you leave the cabin, the guides bugle the elk, and you generally find yourself in close proximity to your bull before you see him. Imagine a 350 class bull ripping the brush apart and bugling in your face, cows scattered around, the hair standing up on your neck and your trying to get your sights on this monster. Hunters need to be in fairly good shape as we do quite a bit of hiking. We enjoy a very high success on very good quality elk, 90 percent of our elk score over 325 Boone and Crocket.