Moose are quite new in the central interior of British Columbia, and very few ... were to be found south of Prince George until after the turn of the century. Early explorers saw few moose during their travels. ...it was not until shortly after 1900 that the great southerly migration began in earnest.
The reason for the southward drive was, put rather simply, the presence of suitable food where such food did not exist before. Activities of early settlers and miners in cutting and burning the dense forests ... changed the face of the land .... Food suitable for moose then appeared and the moose moved in.
Ralph Ritcey, BC Ministry of Environment, Lands & Parks
Moose are generally found in willow brush flats and on the edge of open meadows or swamps sometimes resulting in shooting distances ranging from 50 to 250 yards. We recommend a 30 06 or larger rifle to accommodate the possibility of a long shot or a brush shot.
We offer a ten-day completely outfitted moose hunt with professional guides and a camp cook. Depending on where the moose are, the hunt begins from either the home ranch cabin or from a tent base camp. Base camps have large canvas wall tents equipped with camp cots and a heater. The camp kitchen is a comfortable open air log shelter where the fire is always burning and the coffee is always on. We supply all necessary camping gear except sleeping bags.
The first day of the hunt is spent traveling to camp with saddlehorses and a team and wagon. Spike camps occasionally leave the base camp to hunt the more remote lakes and draws. Hunting is done primarily on horseback with some walking and stand hunting. Harvested moose are packed into camp with pack horses and if the weather is warm, the kill is transported to a butcher in Anahim Lake where it can either be hung until the end of the hunt or processed to your specifications.
Hunting has been consistently good for both the September and October hunts; the only difference being in the weather which usually turns colder at the beginning of October. Moose rut from late September to mid October in our area. September is the time to come if you like fall colours - willow brush and quaking aspen are found throughout the territory.
$5,200 each two hunters, one guide
$5,800 one hunter, one guide
September 13 – 22
September 22 – October 2
October 4 – 13
October 15 – 24
October 25 – November 3
Rates are quoted in US funds
Rates do not include 2.5% goods and services tax
Rates do not include hunting license and species tag.
A deposit of $1000 is required to hold a reservation. This deposit is non-refundable unless another hunter can be found to take the hunt.
We are happy to arrange for the purchase of your hunting license and species tags.
A non hunter is welcome to join a hunter for $200 per day for the number of days spent with us.
License Fees: Canadian Funds (includes 2.5% HST)
Sean Steele. September 2012
Fred Zimmerman, Griff Jones, Mike Rickles.
Don Davis, Mike Tusow and guide, Patrick, with
October bulls from the home cabin.
Craig Telford with his bull from Rock Camp
Ken and Sally Wallace, October Hunt.
Darrell Spiechaert's fourth moose with RMO
Dick Johnson with a late September bull
Leslie with rut hunt moose
Leslie and David packing in a moose with the team
John and son Sean with October bulls
Tom, Randy and Leslie with a rut hunt bull
Tom putting the finishing touches on his European mount
Settle Boys with Antlers “The Settle family hunt”
John Steele and Gary Sarlund with rut hunt bulls
Tom Cusworth with his bull - harvested in late October
Ben Jergens with his prize October bull
Jim and Vern Settle
Bob Olive and I have hunted together since the late 1950's. We both agree our hunt with Rainbow Mountain Outfitting was the best we have experienced from the initial contact to the last goodbye everything was well organized. Your horses and equipment are user friendly making things a lot easier for us older hunters. - Bill Draper
Our guides demonstrated the highest qulaities of a good guide. They were extremely knowledgeable, courteous, patient and determined. I was so pleased that when we returned to the cabin on our final day I signed up for next year's hunt. - Ken
been on several guided hunts and
I have never been on a trip that
I enjoyed as much as the one you
provided. Your facilities are comfortable
and the meals very good indeed.
That my partner and I were able
to harvest nice bulls on the second
day of the hunt is truly a testimonial
to the ability and experience of
the guides you employ - Chris
We are about ten hours driving time from Vancouver on Highway 20 which joins Williams Lake and Bella Coola. This is a very scenic drive over the Chilcotin Plateau on paved road. A visit to Bella Coola is only two hours away.
Pre and Post Hunt Accommodation
Excellent lake trout fishing is available at Nimpo Lake. If you wish to add fishing to your adventure, we recommend Nimpo Lake Resort on Nimpo Lake or Eagle's Nest Resort on Anahim Lake. Motel accommodation is available in Anahim Lake. Bella Coola is
an hour and a half "down the mountain" from
Anahim Lake and if you fill out early you may want
to try your luck on the Bella Coola River for coho salmon.
We are happy to make arrangements for you.
We meet hunters the morning of the first day of the hunt and travel to camp.
If you would like to speak with some of our past clients, we can provide phone numbers on request.