Guide Outfitters in British Columbia
All non-residents are required to be accompanied by a
licenced guide while hunting big game, i.e. deer, mountain
sheep, mountain goat, moose, caribou, elk, cougar, wolf,
grizzly bear, black bear, lynx, bobcat, and wolverine.
Guides are not required while hunting small game, i.e.
game birds, migratory game birds, fox, raccoon, coyote,
skunk and hare.
Guide outfitters employ assistant guides to
assist in providing guiding services. Guide outfitters
set their own guiding fees. It is suggested that you contact
several guide outfitters in the area of your choice to
obtain full particulars regarding the species of game
available, the recommended period to hunt, rates, services
provided, and reservations. The assurance of a successful
and enjoyable hunt is most dependent upon a clear understanding
between the hunter and guide outfitter as to what each
expects from the other.
A licenced guide may not have more than two hunters in
the field at one time.
The Province is divided into nine administrative regions,
having a total of 225 management units for the purpose
of efficient game management.
Refer to the British Columbia Hunting and Trapping Regulations
Synopsis for maps showing boundaries of management units,
regions, and other pertinent information.
As of August 8, 2003, hunter-harvested
wild ruminant meat from Canada and certain hunting trophies
may now enter the United States through designated land
ports and all international airports.
USDA is also accepting import permits for certain other
ruminant-derived products from Canada. The decision to
modify the restrictions for these and hunter-harvested
ruminant products was made after USDA experts determined
that these items posed a minimal BSE risk and an extremely
low risk to human health. This determination followed
a thorough review of the international animal health standards
pertaining to BSE, the results of Canada's exhaustive
epidemiological investigation of the BSE case in Alberta,
and the additional disease risk mitigation measures established
by Canada in response to an independent panel's review
of the BSE investigation. Additional information can be
found at the
Before you hunt:
Make sure you have:
Applications for non-resident hunting and species licences are available
Your resident or non-resident hunting licence.
Species licences for those species you intend to hunt.
(Also make sure the species you wish to hunt are in the
area of your planned hunt.)
from Service BC Offices or:
Fish and Wildlife Branch
Ministry of Environment
PO Box 9374, STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, B.C. V8W 9M4
Your licence application, accompanied by your remittance
in Canadian Funds by Bank Money Order or Draft on a Canadian
Bank, should be sent to a Government Agent or Victoria
office 60 days in advance of your hunting trip. Alternatively
you may purchase your licences at these offices during
business hours. Have a clear understanding with your guide
outfitter as to who is purchasing the licences. Refunds
are not issued for duplicate licences.
Be familiar with hunting regulations as outlined in
the current Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis
(available from the same sources as the hunting application).