Calamity Creek Guide Outfitters

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Calamity Creek Guide Outfitters



Rated 1 out of 5.0 based on 7 Outfitter reviews.

Contact: Brad Park

Location: Cranbrook, British Columbia

Species Hunted: Whitetail Deer, Elk, Mule Deer, Black Bear, Grizzly Bear, Shiras Moose, Mountain Lion

State(s) Hunted: BC

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Submitted by: Jack Vicic

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Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2016

Hunt Date: Sep 15, 2005

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Days Hunted: 7

Hunt Type: Guided

Primary Terrain: Mountain

Method: Rifle

Price Range: 9000-10999

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Worst ever

I understand that Mr. Brad Park has been prosecuted for numerous game law violations and is likely no longer guiding here. But just to be sure, prior to that, I experienced the worst guided hunt of my life with his organization. I was promised a remote horseback hunt. We hunted in trucks, competing with locals, in an area with a relatively small elk herd. He put me with what he described as his "top cracker jack" guide. After I called in our first bull, that was not large enough to legally take, his guide got super excited because it was the first elk he'd ever called in. I took a very average 6x6 on day 4 of the hunt, but the guides were reluctant to take the horses up to the area to pursue a mule deer, so we called the hunt over and left. He had pulled the ivories from my bull when his on site taxidermist caped the head. When I asked for them, he said they were in his other pants that he forgot at home. He said he'd send them to me. He never did. I can't warn people enough about this scamming con artist Brad Park. And just in case you haven't found this about him, here is a partial list of the charges he was convicted on. Park, Bradley (dba: Calamity Creek Guide Outfitters) Rossland Wildlife Act 190/84 340/82 16(2.1) 16.01(i); 21(1)(b); 33(2); 37; 55(2)(b); 69; $115 $115 $345 $230 $115 $230 $575 Takes or kills a grizzly bear, a mountain goat or a mountain sheep without submitting parts as required; Fail to comply with condition of guide-outfitter licence; Export wildlife or parts or egg without permit; Unlawful possession of dead wildlife; Transport wildlife in province contrary to regulations; Guide fails to deliver report; Fail to pay guide royalty


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Submitted by: Peter Higgelke

Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2010

Hunt Date: Sep 20, 2008

Species Hunted: Elk

Days Hunted: 7

Hunt Type: Guided

Primary Terrain: Mountain

Method: Rifle

Price Range: 5000-6999

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Bad Experience

Bought trip for my son and I as experience of a lifetime. Definitely did not work out that way. Although remote horse back trip was requested, ended up in trucks for the first four days competing with locals. Where were the hrseback trips into the Purcells as advertised. Worked very hard to find game and did not, but thats how hunting can go. Owner was ansent for much of the first part of our trip. Party from rifle manufacturer showed up and they got remote trip and oodles of attention including from the owner. We found out where the owner's priority was. Guides were inexperienced but tried hard. We certainly pushed for an experience but other than fine scenery, got little in return. Post trip contact to owner resulted in no returns.


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Submitted by: LLOYD TAYLOR

Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2010

Hunt Date: May 20, 2010

Species Hunted: Black Bear

Days Hunted: 7

Hunt Type: Guided

Primary Terrain: Mountain

Method: Rifle

Price Range: 3000-3999

did not met expectations Number of animals seen, met expectations?

did not met expectations Size of animals seen, met expections?

did not met expectations Hunting pressure in the guides area, met expectations?

did not met expectations Would you hunt with this Guide again?

BE ADVISED!!!!!

This was the worst hunt that a hunter could ever go on. On my first trip we saw a few bears but never had a decent shot at one. The place we stayed had no shower or running water and the overall kitchen cleanness was very scary. The main problem was that the outfitter, Brad Park, was rarely on site. He left the hunting totally up to his guides. While one of his guides was very knowledgeable, for the most part they did not get along with each other. Anyway, I left without a bear. Park was decent enough to invite me back the next year at a much-reduced price. I made the trip and discovered that the lodge had been finished but all of the guides were different the second year with the exception of one of the better guides. Again, Park was never around and the guides had a testosterone thing going on again and did not get along. I did end up shooting a bear. I was hunting with Park at the time and we saw a bear. I was told that the bear was about a 4-1/2 footer. It was close to the end of the hunt and I decided to take the bear. The bear was shot but ground shrunk to about 3-1/2 foot. It was in such poor shape that the meat was left on the hill to rot. When I left for the states, I asked Park to please take my bear to a local taxidermist and have the hide and skull prepped to be sent to the US. After several phone calls, emails, investigations by sever law enforcement agencies in BC, still no bear. For some reason Park cannot figure out the paperwork to have it sent to the states. Two years, close to 8,000.00 invested, one poor 3-1/2 foot sow, and nothing to show for my effort. Be advised!


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Submitted by: Lloyd Taylor

Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2010

Hunt Date: May 20, 2009

Species Hunted: Black Bear

Days Hunted: 5

Hunt Type: Guided

Primary Terrain: Mountain

Method: Rifle

Price Range: 4000-4999

did not met expectations Number of animals seen, met expectations?

did not met expectations Size of animals seen, met expections?

did not met expectations Hunting pressure in the guides area, met expectations?

did not met expectations Would you hunt with this Guide again?

black bear cluster fuck

This was the worst hunt that a hunter could ever go on. On my first trip we saw a few bears but never had a decent shot at one. The place we stayed had no shower or running water and the overall kitchen cleanness was very scary. The main problem was that the outfitter, Brad Park, was rarely on site. He left the hunting totally up to his guides. While one of his guides was very knowledgeable, for the most part they did not get along with each other. Anyway, I left without a bear. Park was decent enough to invite me back the next year at a much-reduced price. I made the trip and discovered that the lodge had been finished but all of the guides were different the second year with the exception of one of the better guides. Again, Park was never around and the guides had a testosterone thing going on again and did not get along. I did end up shooting a bear. I was hunting with Park at the time and we saw a bear. I was told that the bear was about a 4-1/2 footer. It was close to the end of the hunt and I decided to take the bear. The bear was shot but ground shrunk to about 3-1/2 foot. It was in such poor shape that the meat was left on the hill to rot. When I left for the states, I asked Park to please take my bear to a local taxidermist and have the hide and skull prepped to be sent to the US. After several phone calls, emails, investigations by sever law enforcement agencies in BC, still no bear. For some reason Park cannot figure out the paperwork to have it sent to the states. Two years, close to 8,000.00 invested, one poor 3-1/2 foot sow, and nothing to show for my effort. Be advised!


note: The following reviews predate the numeric rating system and are not included in this outfitter's overall rating.



outfitter review submitted by: Scott Bianchini on Sep 5 2009

Species Hunted: Black bear

Game Quality: Extremely poor

Accommodation Quality: Good

Camp Condition: Good

Food Quality: Average

Guide Experience: Average

Other Personal Experience: Average

Overall Impression: Poor

Recommend: No

Reviewer Comments: Beautiful area, nice lodge, but poor bear population. This may have been the result of a cold 09 spring-Not sure. Most of the guides refused to hunt until late in afternoon despite the hunters begging to get into the woods to hunt. This upset all of the hunters in camp-including me. During the week I hunted, I had two opportunities to shoot. I passed on one, and missed on the other. The area is also used by local hunters and hikers which was slightly irritating. Overall, the guides were nice, decent people, but I didn't see them working very hard to find bears for their clients. My guide, (Milo) was a workhorse though. If you hunt there, I would definitely ask for him-just make sure he knows that you don't want to sit around the lodge all day.



outfitter review submitted by: David McCauley on Mar 4 2005

Species Hunted: Goat/Elk/Bear Mule Deer

Game Quality: Very Good

Accommodation Quality: Very Good

Camp Condition: Very Good

Food Quality: Very Good

Guide Experience: Excellent

Other Personal Experience: Excellent

Overall Impression: Excellent

Recommend: Definitely

Reviewer Comments: First class operation in the Purcell Mountains. The territory beautiful, game is plentiful, and the camps are built supplied and run very well. Brad knows his stuff, as do the guides I met. Great string of horses and mules to get you to the camps and game. Archery hunting elk I had two great close-up bugle experiences. Back for rifle hunting I fouled-up a 6-point elk opportunity, and then connected on a 5x3 Mule deer and a mountain goat. Highly recommended.



outfitter review submitted by: Dan Tucker on May 31 2004

Species Hunted: whitetail deer

Game Quality: poor

Accommodation Quality: fair

Camp Condition: none stayed in motel

Food Quality: good restuarant

Guide Experience: very poor

Other Personal Experience: poor

Overall Impression: poor

Recommend: no

Reviewer Comments: Outfitter never hunted this area before. My guide never scouted this area before and had no idea where we were most of the time. We mostly hunted in a truck on private property. Finally we saw a buck at dusk, all I could see was the body, but my guide said it was a trophy buck and I should shoot it. I did it, was a small 3x3 with a 8" inch spread. He said sorry but your hunt is over. This by far was the worst guided hunt I was ever on. If this is what a guided hunt in Canada is like, save your money and give it to charity.

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