3300 Gun Creek Rd
Gold Bridge Squamish/Lillooet
Agriculture / Forestry / Fishing / Hunting
1550 square miles or 4,000 square kilometers appr.
California Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Black-tail Deer Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Lynx, Bobcat, Wolf, Coyote, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Fishing.
3-32, 3-33, 5-03, 5-04
Previous 5 year quota: California Bighorn - 4 - 3/4 curl (full curl – open), Moose - 9, Goat - 28. Open on Mountain Lion, Mule Deer, Lynx, Bobcat, Wolf, Coyote, Whitetail, Black-tail, Black Bear
Here's an interesting territory located north of Whistler and Pemberton with Gold Bridge being the centre. This territory is not easily accessed and for that reason has very limited local hunting. The territory is not what you would expect from the location, it's a fairly dry country, more or less an extension of the southern Chilcotin. Actually a very cool territory for those of you riding horses. This outfitter has been very successful over the past 30+ years. It is the oldest Hunt Territory in BC – established in 1870 - and is only now being offered on the market.
Game is stable with high success and highly valued animals. Species cross section within the territory is excellent and offers the new owners the opportunity of 3 distinct hunting seasons to take trophy game. Access throughout the territory is somewhat limited by vehicle and mountain alpine access is only by horse, foot or floatplane to four fly-in lakes. Responsible management has ensured quality trophies, diverse habitats and all-round nature experience that has drawn international hunters for more than 140 years.
Okay, let's sum this up. You have a great territory with limited access and low local pressure. You have two separate herds of California Bighorn Sheep, Goats that are excellent trophy class, moose, some big Mule Deer –and a lot of them, especially in September as they summer in the high country, big cats and Black Bear to round off your spring season. I think this one is a keeper. I like the location, I like the game species and I like the style of operation.
Conservation and Stewardship Sustainable plans:
- Conservation projects – the outfitter participates in conservation, stewardship and research projects including:
- DNA collection of Californian Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Canadian Moose, Black Bear, Grizzly Bear and Upland Birds
- Mule deer and moose winter habitat enhancement
- Feasibility study into Mountain Goat transplant
- The area has been heavily managed by the outfitters for the last 100 years, with game management – logging and mine management.
The region has a mild four-season climate nestled on the lee side of the Coast Range Mountains in the Chilcotin Mountain Ranges. These are unique glaciated mountains rising to 9,500' elevation, and averaging 7,500'. These are hospitable mountains, with easy access. Tree line is approximately 6,500'. The alpine is the most valued area with over 1,000 Alpine Basins, each carpeted in lush wildflowers and each with its own big-game species. These mountain ranges are referred to as the “Rainbows” because of the mineralization that produces more colors than that of the rainbow.
Trading routes through mountain passes were created centuries ago, and are followed today. The prospectors and the Guides Outfitters developed the area more recently traveling the same trails, camp in the same meadows, and hunt the Bighorn sheep on the same ridges or the Mule Deer on the same migration pattern.
The region has access by 2 main highways – Whistler and Vancouver to the south, and Lillooet leading to the interior of British Columbia and on to Calgary, Alberta to the east. The territory about 60 mile north of Whistler Ski Resort and about 120 miles north of Vancouver British Columbia. Access by road is 2 hours from Whistler, and 4 ½ hours from Vancouver. It is 1 hour by plane from Vancouver International Airport, and a ½ hour from Whistler by helicopter or plane.
Road Access up each valley developed by logging provides access to low country hunting and trailheads, and trailheads to access the High Country. Most game species are not concentrated in specific areas, eliminating the need for facilities throughout the territory. Hunts are generally done by vehicle and on foot, with backpack camping, so there is no need for horses and equipment or camps. However, camps and horses are available to rent on an as need basis.
Basecamp hunting lodge is available for sale at a separate cost, if the hunt territory purchaser wants lodge accommodation in the territory. The lodge is listed separately because a lodge is not necessary to run fall hunts in the territory for Spring Bear Hunts and November Rut Deer Hunts. It is nice to have a lodge accommodation, and this is also available for rent on an as need basis.
Main lodge on deeded property is available for an additional fee. Call Harry @ 250-717-1100 for details.
- 30 years of operational history with well-established operational systems, including International Marketing System – Booking Agents, Mail List, Clubs and Chapters, past guests.
- An Operational system including Seasonal Maps for each species, travel route and hideout areas and favorite spots, road access routes, trailheads, high country trails and best camping locations.