SOUTHERN BC GRIZZLY BEAR
The grizzly bear (Ursus arctos), commonly known as the silvertip bear, is a large subspecies of brown bear inhabiting North America. Adult males weigh on average 500 - 800 lbs and 6.5 - 8 feet in length with an average shoulder height of 3.5 - 4.5 ft. Although variable in color from blond to nearly black, grizzly bear hides are typically brown with darker legs and commonly white or blond tipped fur on the flank and back. A pronounced hump appears on their shoulders; the hump is a good way to distinguish a grizzly bear from a black bear. Aside from the distinguishing hump a grizzly bear can be identified by a "dished in" profile of their face with short, rounded ears, whereas a black bear has a straight face profile and longer ears. A grizzly bear's front claws measure about 2-4 inches in length where a black bear's will measure about 1-2 inches in length. Bears mate in the spring several weeks after they emerge from their dens. Big boars will begin to roam in search of a sow in heat and have been know to travel many miles. If a dominant boar finds a female with cubs he will try to kill her offspring if they belong to another male.
Best time to hunt this true monarch of the mountains is in the spring months when they first start to come out of hibernation. Males usually emerge before females as they will stay in longer nursing their cubs. The Kootenay region of British Columbia is well known for producing trophy grizzly bears with the best hide quality found anywhere. Big males are typically darker with the classic silvertip's but can also be blond while females tend to be the lighter color bears. This is by far the most dangerous and exhilerating hunt in North America and only a select few tag's are issued to outfitters in British Columbia. The "grizzly bear" has been well know for hundreds of years as one of mother natures most impressive and feared creatures and is truely an awe inspiring animal. Once you have witnessed the sheer power and strength of a big grizz tearing up logs and throwing rocks down the mountain or taking down its prey, you will know why this beast has struck the fear of god into so many and should be highly respected. It is required to use a minimum .300 win mag and at least a 200 gr. bullet when hunting grizzlies in this area. We focus on harvesting big boars. These bears will patrol several drainages marking their territory, chasing and fighting off other males while searching for a female to breed. A dominant male can breed with several females in a season. If a sow is located without cubs we will watch for a big boar to move in and begin their mating rituals. This is the best hunting situation as it is usually obvious which bear is the male and presents a good distraction for hunters to get within shooting range. We try to get our hunters within 200 yards to make sure of a good shot as the last thing we want to do is have to follow a wounded grizzly bear into the thick alders where they will often wait for their pursuer and attack. Very few tag's are available for this once in a lifetime hunt so booking several years in advance is required.