Welcome to Bugle Basin Outfitters

Located in the southeast corner of British Columbia, the Bugle Basin hunting territory takes in some breath taking pristine alpine wilderness making Bugle Basin, BC Hunting Outfitters, the perfect choice as your British Columbia Big Game Hunting Guide!

Your hosts Alex and Lori Smutny welcome you to some of the finest Big Game Hunting and Back Country Recreation adventures in the BC Rockies.

Our area takes in the Coyote Creek drainage and our base camp is located approximately ninety (90) minute drive northeast of Cranbrook, BC. which is approximately 80 miles north of the Montana, Idaho borders. A portion of Top of the World Provincial Park and Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park are included in this area.


  • Choose from over eleven (11) different big game species (Elk, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, Shiras Moose, Mule Deer, White Tail Deer, Black Bear, Cougar, Bobcat, Lynx and Wolf) for the perfect hunt experience.
  • Fish pristine alpine rivers and lakes for Cutthroat Trout, Char (Dolly Varden) and Rainbow Trout.
  • Explore the BC Rocky Mountains with elevations from 1200 to 2750 meters (4000 to 9000 feet).
  • Family owned and operated, our experienced guides and cooks help make this an experience to remember.
  • Located just fifteen (15) minutes from Ram Creek Hot Springs and Lussier River Hot Springs (also known as Whiteswan Hot Springs), where you can soak your worries away.

Big Game Hunts

With Bugle Basin, British Columbia Hunting Outfitters you can choose from eleven (11) different Big Game species (Elk, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, Shiras Moose, Mule Deer, White Tail Deer, Black Bear, Cougar, Bobcat, Lynx and Wolf) for the perfect hunt experience.



Elk Hunting (includes Mule Deer)

The Kootenay Region has the highest population of Elk in British Columbia. We are only allowed to harvest Bull Elk that have a minimum of six (6) points or better on one side. Bulls range from 270 to 350. Hunting the rut is one of the most exhilarating experiences. The sound of bugling bulls keeps you coming back for more.

Bighorn Sheep Hunting, full curl rams (includes Mule Deer)

Hunt the Rams early in the scenic high alpine basins or late in the snows on winter range. This hunt will challenge even the most dedicated hunter, physically and mentally. Rams must be full curl and range from 160 to 180 class. These Rams live in some of the toughest country in the Rockies, which makes any Ram taken a “True Trophy”.

Mountain Goat Hunting (includes mule deer)

This territory has some excellent Mountain Goat terrain. Many Mountain Goats can be glassed right from the main camp porch. “Mature Billies” are selectively harvested and can range from 9″ to 101/2″. We have a limited number of tags available with having a 100% success rate, so book early.

Moose Hunting (includes Mule Deer)

These giant animals are managed very carefully in the Kootenay Region, as such only a limited number of tags are offered. You have your choice of hunting September with archery or late October with a rifle. Our Moose range anywhere from 40″ to 55″.

Mule & White Tail Deer Hunting

Bachelor groups of Mule deer bucks are usually hunted early season in high alpine basins. We are only allowed to harvest Bucks with a minimum of 4 points on one side. These magnificent bucks can be hunted primarily or combined with other species.

Cougar, Bobcat & Lynx Hunts Hunting

These elusive cats are hunted November through January depending on snow pack levels. A fresh track and a good bunch of hounds is how we hunt these big predators. Only mature “toms” are harvested.

Black Bear Hunting

“Spot & Stalk” methods are used for Black Bears. Interior mountain Black Bears are well known for their color variations. We have a healthy population of black bears.

Wolf Hunting (available with all hunts)
Wolf can be added to any of our hunts through the purchasing a wolf tag. Despite their extremely shy nature there is a fair chance you’ll see a wolf, hear them howl or come across fresh signs during your hunt.