I can’t say enough about the experience I had on my hunting trip with Total Outdoor Adventures. I hunted out of Bull River Outfitters’ north camp. I did not take any animals while in British Columbia but this did not distract from the pleasures of the trip and was not the fault of anyone connected with Total Outdoor Adventures. Due to my physical conditioning, I limited myself but my guide hunted at my pace and did everything he could to make the hunt successful getting me within shooting range of two nice bulls that turned out to be five points. During the hunt, I saw at least one of every animal that I had a tag for along with many other species of big game. In a weeks time, I saw grizzly bears, black bears, 5 bighorn rams, moose, mule deer, whitetail deer, wolf, elk and approximately 25 mountain goats. My hunting partner, Terry Gaither, took a large 6 x 5 bull along with two other successful hunters in our camp who harvested nice 6 x 6 bulls. A 50% success rate is pretty good. The scenery was beautiful, the food was excellent and the guides were all professional and fun to be around. I left there feeling like I had made many new friends and I would recommend both Nathan and Vince and their outfitting business to anyone. In the future, I plan to return and make another trip with Total Outdoor Adventures. Sam Sneed Conway, Arkansas
This was my third trip to B.C. to hunt with Vince and Total Outdoor Adventures. I keep coming back because I know Vince and the TOA Team will do everything in their power to make my hunt successful. I arrived in Kalispell, MT and met Vince’s wife Lisa at the airport. This time I was going on a black bear hunt with hounds and felt that I was prepared both mentally and physically. As any houndsman knows the chase is very rarely easy, especially with big B.C. bears on dry ground. I met Vince and Nate at V-Bar Ranch and we then packed up and headed to hunting camp where we met another guide/houndsman Dusty. On the second day of my hunt the strike dog sounded. It sounded like the scent was hot so Vince and Dusty decided to turn out the pack and the chase was on! Many miles later the dogs sounded like they had finally treed so Dusty and Nate headed in first as Vince and I were a few mile away. They arrived at the tree first, Vince and I arrived shortly after to find a big beautiful black bear in the tree. I was able to arrow the bruin with a good kill shot and it was dead when it hit the ground. This black bear measured out to 6 feet 6 inches and was estimated between 500 to 600 lbs. The skull has yet to be officially measured but should have no problem getting entered into Pope and Young book. I then expressed my goal of taking a colored phase black bear. Three days later after some long and grueling chases everything fell into place. The dogs treed a medium sized brown phase black bear. I again was able to arrow the bruin and harvest a 200 lbs. bear. As any houndsman knows, the dogs deserve all the credit. Vince has some of the best I’ve ever hunted with ! thanks again to Vince, Nate and the TOA Team. Sincerely, Gerard ‘Jerry’ Devine Leraysville, PA
Our Alberta Big Horn Sheep Hunting Camp
Our Alberta sheep area is located 100 miles west of Grand Prairie Alberta in the Kakwa Wilderness. This is northern most range for Bighorn Sheep in North America and also some of the most remote being right on the continental divide. According to Alberta regulations outfitters are not allowed to have any permanent structures in this area so all camps are wall tents and alpine mountaineer tents. This is a true wilderness Rocky Mountain Bighorn hunt.
Our Alberta Bighorn hunts are 12 full days in the Rocky Mountains of the Kakwa Wilderness. Sheep hunts are challenging both physically and mentally as many hours glassing are typically required to locate rams. This sheep area is very remote and the use of horses is limited due to muskeg in lower elevations. We mostly use 4wd atv's to access glassing areas, trailheads and base camps. Once a plan is in place we then set out on foot into basins and valleys in search of rams if none have been spotted from the glassing areas. Numerous nights on the mountain is a must and prevailing winds can be relentless here on the continental divide so tent camps are situated in timbered gullies and basins for better shelter. Rams curl restriction here is of 4/5 which is slightly more than the 3/4 curl restriction. As a result average ram scores range from 160-180 class.