Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to bring?
• A valid passport
• Your hunt contract
• Unsigned Non-Resident Firearm Declaration Form
• Contact info for Wicked River Outfitters
• 1 pair of leather climbing boots
• 1 spare set of boots
• 4-7 pairs of underwear
• 4-7 pairs of wool socks
• 2 pairs of long johns
• 2-4 t-shirts
• 1 warm coat soft+ water proof+ quiet material cameo colors
• 2-4 pairs of hunting pants
• Several shirts for layering
• Casual clothes
• 2 pairs of gloves
• Warm Hat
• Rifle (.270 or larger – species specific)
• Trigger lock and locking gun case
• Ammunition (1 or 2 boxes)
• Shooting stick or walking stick-optional
• Warm Light weight sleeping bag
• Toiletries – soap, toothbrush etc.
• Daypack with water bladder
• Water bottle
This is a fly in only camp. You are allowed one bag that weighs 50Lbs (no more), a soft case for your rifle (the hard-shell cases are to heavy and take up a lot of room in the plane) and a day pack at a reasonable weight (not another 40-50lbs). Our planes will be loaded with lots of other luggage, groceries and horse feed that needs to come in for the hunt.
Which airport do we fly to?
You will fly into Fort St. John (YXJ), British Columbia. The airlines that fly into Fort St John: West Jet, Central Mountain Air and Air Canada. We encourage everyone to fly in the day before leaving for the main camp; this will allow extra time for any baggage delays.
What can we expect for meals?
For meals you can expect to be provided with the best home-cooked meals that our chef can prepare. We bring in everything we need to prepare meals, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. At the lodge, we serve the meals family style, while your meals at remote and spike camps will be prepared by your guide.
How do we get our trophies home?
You are welcome to take your trophy home with you. The Outfitter will make sure you have all the necessary paperwork when you take your trophy home. The other option is to get a taxidermist to prepare your trophy for shipping.
How many hunters will be in my camp?
We can accommodate several hunters in the main lodge at one time but our policy is to have all one-on-one hunts in remote camps. On occasion if there is hunter targeting different species we may put two hunters and two guides in a remote camp. If it is a two-on-one hunt you will be hunting together.
How much should I tip my guide?
Usually guides are tipped 10-15%, but very successful guides often receive more. It is up to each client.
Are we allowed a GST (Goods and Services Tax) refund?
The GST is 5% and there is no reimbursement available through Wicked River Outfitters.
How do we purchase our tags and license?
Wicked River Outfitters will purchase tags and licenses for you. When your hunt date gets closer we will get in touch with you to see if you would like any additional tags besides the trophy you intend to hunt.
What kind of communication do you have?
There is a satellite phone and wireless internet (WIFI) at the main lodge. We send all of our guides out with a satellite phone and a radio. Communication and safety is very important to us.
What is the weather like when we are hunting?
Weather in our guide territory will vary depending on the species and time of the year of your hunt, but here are some basic guidelines:
Spring – 4 degrees (39 F) to 16 degrees (60 F)
Fall – 0 degrees (32 F) to 10 degrees (50 F)
Expect rain at all times of year. After Aug 1, you can expect snow.
What type of hunting can I expect?
Wicked River uses only horses for their hunts. Some camps are accessible by plane for (pick and drop off). All of the hunts will be done from horseback or backpack. Most of our hunting is spot-and-stalk. Keep in mind that these are mountain hunts, so you will need to be in good shape, especially for sheep and goat hunting.
Please note that it is illegal to bait for bears in BC.