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Canada moose hunting in central British Columbia

Moose Hunting in British Columbia's Chilcotin region


Lester Dorsey rode into the Chilcotin in the early 1920s

Lester Dorsey rode into the Chilcotin in the early 1920s and began a family moose and bear hunting-and-guiding tradition that continues to this day. He started several ranches in the Anahim Lake area and in 1946 started a professional guiding service. Before that, Lester had learned the country by guiding surveyors mapping the Chilcotin.

By 1946 he was hunting in the area he had learned from guiding the map-makers. Times were hard in the Chilcotin in the 1940s and guiding became an important part of the family income and, along with trapping and ranching, was on its way to becoming a family tradition.

David Dorsey Sr. started hunting with his Father Lester in 1951, learning much of the country we still hunt. By 1955 Dave Sr. and his wife Jean had acquired their own ranch, using it as the base of operations for their own guiding business. Located at the base of the Itcha Mountains, the ranch was in the centre of the best moose hunting in the Chilcotin. Dave's guiding business flourished and his reputation as a moose guide grew.

In 1974 David Jr. began guiding with his father, learning the guiding business from the ground up, eventually taking over management of the family business in 1985. He also adopted Lester's company name of Rainbow Mountain Outfitters and continues the family tradition of providing high quality guiding services.

Box 3360
Anahim Lake   B.C.
V0L 1C0
Phone: 250 742-3539
Toll free: 1 866 742-3539
e-mail: rainbow@wlake.com

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Hunting has been a tradition in the Dorsey family in Anahim Lake for three generations and we are looking forward to a fourth. Rainbow Mountain Outfitting was started by Lester Dorsey, one of Anahim Lake's legendary pioneers. Dave Sr. began his own outfit some fifty years ago after hunting with his father. David Jr. in turn began hunting with his father 30 years ago and now operates Rainbow Mountain Outfitting with his wife Joyce and daughter Leslie. The Dorseys own and operate ranches in the Anahim Lake area raising and breaking their horses to ensure reliable and experienced saddle and pack horses. David and Joyce continue to live the Chilcotin lifestyle, using a team of Clydesdales as transportation to their remote cabin.

Using a team of Clydesdales as transportation to their remote cabin

Hunting Home Base Cabin
Home Base Cabin      

Our hunting territory is located in the centre of the best moose habitat in the Chilcotin. Anahim Lake is at the western edge of the Chilcotin Plateau at the base of the Itcha-Illgatchuz and Rainbow Mountain Ranges and in the Dean River watershed. This is lodgepole pine and spruce country and the hunting is done in the meadows, swamps, lakes and draws at the 4,000 to 5,000 foot elevation level. We are within Wildlife Management Unit 5-12.

David at lake

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Guide PatrickThe Dorsey family team brings all the necessary talents and skills together to ensure a successful hunt. David (otherwise known as Hoss) grew up raising horses, hunting, guiding and packing. Joyce is the business organizer as well as an amazing cook whether over a campfire or the home cabin wood cookstove. Leslie grew up at the remote ranch with the horses and at hunting camps absorbing the skills that have created an exceptional guide/packer/horse trainer/ as well a successful bookkeeper in the “real” world. As one hunter commented: “She knows more about living in the wild than I will ever think about.”

Patrick Cohen is part of the extended family and a guide extraordinaire as well as our farrier and colt breaker. He has been hunting since his childhood days on a remote trapline in the coast range, and knows his way around the bush as only someone who has grown up in it can. His hunters always marvel at his skill that was summed up by a hunter this year: “I thought I knew how to hunt until I followed Patrick!” Needless to say you are in good hands in this outfit.

David, Leslie and Joyce Dorsey - Rainbow Mountain Outfitters

David, Leslie and Joyce Dorsey

Review of Moose Hunt with Rainbow Mountain Outfittters - by Mike Tusow, Snake River Hunting Club

Mike Tusow review of Moose Hunt with Rainbow Mounbtain OutfittersMy hunting buddy Don and I went on a wonderful moose hunt with Rainbow Mountain Outfitters in October 2011. I found the outfitter and guide to be very professional; they really know the area and how to hunt moose. Our guide, Patrick, has super-human eyesight and hearing and was essential to our success. We were on horseback every day and the horses are gentle and sure footed. The hunt is in swamp meadows and in my opinion can't be hunted without horses. Our hunt was in early October and bugs were not an issue. David the outfitter and Patrick the guide worked very hard to make the hunt successful and we saw moose every day. Joyce, our hostess, is a wonderful woman and an exceptional cook and she fed us well. Our hunt was based out of their cabin site and the two hunter wall tents are what you would expect for a wilderness hunt. The wood stove in our tent heated the tent in minutes flat and we were never cold.

I highly recommend Rainbow Mountain Outfitters if you want great hospitality and a FUN, EXCITING AND PROFESSIONAL hunt.

Mike Tusow, Port Orchard Washington

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Box 3360
Anahim Lake   B.C.
V0L 1C0
Phone: 250 742-3539
Toll free: 1 866 742-3539
e-mail: rainbow@wlake.com

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