Hat Trick? You Decide
Finishing the last leg of the 10 hour plus drive to the Purcell Wilderness Area in southeastern British Columbia, I occupied my mind by remembering the four previous hunts I had shared with Brent Dubois of A/Z Outfitters. With a nice mule deer, a nanny and billy goat, and also a missed opportunity at a 180 class mule deer under my belt, I had much to be thankful for. But, even with such quality hunting to look forward to, I reminded myself that the real escape I hoped for was an adventure to top the last one.
I wanted an adventure to rival our 2009
hunt, in which Brent and I had taken
a nanny and then spent three blizzardfilled
days chasing an 180 class buck
through knee-deep snow to no avail, or
an adventure greater than last year’s trip,
in which we had taken a nice billy and, in
order to collect it, spent the night shivering
in our rain gear deep in the mountains with
only a bright fire to beat away the frost.Yes,
it is the adventure that keeps me coming
back to A/Z Outfitters and, as I pulled into
Canal Flats, I couldn’t help but wonder
Brent and I spent a few minutes catching up before getting down to business. Soon enough, I realized that, just as I hoped, Brent had come up with new adventure. Knowing that he had seen two large Shiras moose on his previous trip, I listened as Brent gave the details and then offered up his last moose tag for this season. I already had a goat and deer tag in pocket, so I debated the offer for all of five seconds before negotiating a deal. Once it was settled, we headed out to do the shopping and pick up the tags.