Yes gents. You are all correct. When looking at any web sites, or buy and sell forums. The pricing and selection is off the chart compared to what we see in the great white north. Even if a great deal can be found, usually the piece is restricted or shipping, importing fees eat your lunch. But it sure is nice to peruse and dream!!
Ya what we pay for gear is offset by the low cost of over the counter tags and long seasons though. Didn't draw a damn thing this year but 2 bear tags, 2 mule deer tags, 1 moose tag and I was still sitting under $100 for the opportunity to hunt 7 months out of the year...just don't ask what I spent on gas and freeze dried meals.
My girlfriend has a PO box across the border, she doesn't go down there as much as I would like sometimes but that definitely makes the classifieds section on here a lot more accessible.
We have 15 huntable species of NA big game in BC...two are sheep without a draw, bighorns (California and Rocky Mt) plus Stones. Dalls are limited entry with odds of about 1 in 20. Unfortunately grizzly has the moratorium in place...hope we get it back. That said, ungulate numbers are low right now for several reasons.
I have picked up a few used items off the Hunting BC forum classifieds. But it isn’t like Archery Talk or Rokslide that’s for sure.