A big-game guide outfitter and trophy hunter who faced a litany of charges
in B.C. and Yukon says he paid a high financial and personal price over the
“The biggest impact for me is what you guys wrote, “Abe Dougan of Big Boar
Outfitters said of the media. “Obviously, when I’m trying to get business,
it’s pretty hard not to find that on the Internet.
“I just want it to be done. I’ve got kids, right, and a wife and stuff.
People can say what they want about me, but it’s not fair to them.”
He added of game officers: “It’s personal with some of these guys against
me, in case you haven’t gathered that already. I don’t know why because I
don’t know any of them and haven’t done anything to them. Whatever, it is
what it is.”
Dougan pleaded guilty to wildlife offences in Yukon, had more Yukon charges
dropped due to the Crown taking too long to bring the case to trial and,
more recently, received a stay of proceedings on Wildlife Act charges in
He lives in Kamloops, but has guided in the Lower Mainland in the Pitt
and Stave lake areas. He caters to out-of-province trophy hunters wanting to
kill large black bears.
In the latest development, the Crown stayed three Wildlife Act charges
against Dougan last October in Williams Lake provincial court, a decision
that went unreported until now.
The charges related to a December 2013 guided cougar hunt that occurred
between 100 Mile House and Williams Lake, and included:
. hunting game within six hours after being airborne in an aircraft that is
not a regularly scheduled commercial aircraft
. unlawful possession of dead wildlife
. failure to accompany the person they were guiding
“They dropped them because there was never really any case,” Dougan said.
“It was total bull-t, to be honest with you. They drug it out as long as
they could, so you guys could write as much as you could about it.”
Dan McLaughlin, counsel with the Criminal Justice Branch, said the decision
to stay the charges against Dougan was made after “further information was
received by the prosecutor with conduct of the file. After reviewing this
information and the rest of the file materials the prosecutor concluded the
charge approval standard could no longer be met.”
Dougan also faced four counts in connection with the illegal shooting of a
Dall mountain sheep in Yukon in August 1999. The charges were laid in
September 2012 and the trial started in December 2013, consuming a total of
17 days of court time. A provincial court judge entered a stay of
proceedings in October 2015 because the case had taken too long. Dougan had
a permit to kill the sheep in northern B.C., but the judge concluded he shot
it just across the border in Yukon, a straight-line distance of 18
kilometres from the B.C. border.
As a hunting guide, Dougan was fined $15,000 and banned from hunting and
guiding in Yukon for 20 years after pleading guilty in August 2014 to
wasting meat and hunting too soon after exiting a plane in 2011. Convictions
in another jurisdiction do not cause outfitters to automatically lose their
licences in B.C.
Dougan suggests he plead guilty out of practicality. “Some things are for
financial reasons, whether they’re right or wrong. I’m not a rich man.”
The Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, said in a
written statement that Dougan had a territory in the South Coast region, but
sold three quarters of it “a few years ago and has not guided in the area