CARIBOU HUNT $5500
100% SUCCESS PAST YEARS
ONLY TAKES UP TO 4 HUNTERS PER YEAR
Here is a very small personal operation that the
outfitter/guide and his partner only take a couple hunters each fall.
Caribou have been 100% success past years on this hunt. HCU has worked
with this outfitter over 14 years with a terrific record. He is willing
to take a party of 2 hunters for $5,500 each for 7 hunting days guided
2x1 and WILL INCLUDE THE $1900 CHARTER FLIGHT from TOK AND THE $600
FLIGHT FEE to transport the caribou out of the field.
These guides do this because they love it and take enjoyment out
of assisting hunters to fulfill their North Country
dreams. He is also willing to let hunters take a grizzly on a $4,500
trophy fee and HCU has had several hunters take grizzlies with this
outfitter. This is a true Alaskan experience, where you will be spike
camping on the tundra and hiking during the day with plenty of glassing.
This hunt takes place in late August or early September in Unit
20E where the limit on caribou is one bull per hunter. It is the 40 Mile
Herd and according to the biologists is one of, if not, the healthiest
herd in Alaska growing 8 percent per year. The state
is also doing a very good job on wolf control, which has really enhanced
the caribou herd.
Hunters fly to
Fairbanks, rent a car to Tok for a 4 hour drive,
where they take the charter flight to the hunting area, which is paid
for by the outfitter. At press time there was one opening available for
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NORTHWEST TERRITORIES OFFERS
WORLD CLASS MOUNTAIN CARIBOU
We work with 2 outfitters in the Northwest Territories that offer premier
mountain caribou hunts. Success generally runs at or near 100% on bulls
with average gross scores of 375 to 380 Boone and Crockett, with some
scoring into the 430’s and typically about 25% score over the 390
record-book minimum. Both outfits will typically take 15 to 25 bulls per
year, either on straight caribou hunts or as extra animals on the sheep
and moose hunts. Both hunts require a roundtrip charter out of Norman
Wells priced close to $1,200.
This outfitter takes about 25 bulls per season, including quite a
few record book bulls over 400 inches. Typically the later hunts produce
the better bulls and they finish in mid-October. 7-day backpack hunts
are priced at $7,500 guided 2x1 plus licenses and tax. Caribou can be
taken on a $5,000 trophy fee as add-ons for his sheep and moose hunts.
He normally starts hunting caribou in this 9,000 square mile area in
late August. Hunt CU119.
Here is an outfitter that offers 10-day backpack hunts
guided 2x1 from July 26 to September 19 priced at $9,500 plus $150
preservation fund and 2 ½ percent taxes. He also offers moose on the
later caribou hunts for a kill fee of $10,000. Caribou can be taken on a
$4,500 trophy fee as add-ons for his sheep and moose hunts. HCU
consultants Bob Wodzisz and Cliff Graham have taken moose and caribou
with this outfit. Hunt CU250.
QUEBEC-LABRADOR CARIBOU HUNTS
government has decided to only allow the harvest of one bull per hunter
in 2014. Package prices have
dropped a small amount due to limiting hunters to one bull, but the
outfitter’s expenses remain the same. He will also drop the number of
hunters per camp from 8 to 6.
2013 proved to very successful. He had 150 hunters and
146 scored on at least one bull and most took two. 6 black bears were
also taken during the hunts. In 2012 they hosted 170 hunters and 165
took home bulls and 90 percent of those took home 2. They had over 20
bowhunters and all scored on bulls, including a Boone and Crockett
record book bull. 3 bears were also taken last fall.
They have 27 camps and typically only take enough
hunters to fill 4 for any particular week.
This gives them numerous locations to move hunters if the caribou
sightings are down. This outfit has purchased additional camps north of
the 57th parallel giving them the unique availability to hunt
both north and south of the 57th, increasing the odds
considerably to access caribou. They offer a couple hunt packages, ALL
6X1 HUNT PACKAGE is priced at $5,900
A camp helper will be provided. Meals will be
pre-packaged. Hunters will have no assistance in the field and will be
expected to prepare their own meals and do camp chores.
4X1 HUNT PACKAGE is priced at $7,100
The 4x1 option is a semi-guided service for those who
do not require a guide by their side at all times in the field. With
this package, the guide will split up his time amongst the group of 4
and provide assistance with the field work after the caribou have been
harvested. A pack frame will be necessary for this hunt. Food and cook
is also provided.
3X1 HUNT PACKAGE is priced at $7,400
This will be for 2 guides and 6 hunters. Cook and
meals will be provided. Bring a pack frame to assist in the work.
2X1 HUNT PACKAGE is priced at $7,900
Each pair of hunters is accompanied by a full time
guide on this hunt. Your guide will help you spot, stalk and put an
ambush on your caribou and once your caribou is harvested he will look
after all the chores of quartering, deboning, caping and packing it out
for you. A pack frame is not necessary for this package. Food and cook
is also provided.
Hunts start August 28 and run to October 3. If the
government goes back to a 2 caribou limit we expect the packages to
increase by $400 plus the hunters would pay for the second tag.
All 8-day packages, 6 hunting, include roundtrip
airfare from Montreal
to Schefferville, one caribou license, taxes, parking and shuttle
service in Montreal, lodging in
Schefferville or Lac Pau,
flights to camp, boat and motor, meat boxes, English speaking guides,
emergency satellite phone communication, and cold storage in
The outfitter gives a $1,000 discount to students
accompanied by a parent, $100 discount per hunter for a group of 4 and a
$500 discount on repeat hunters.
Not included is a 7-day fishing license of $42, black
bear license of $150 or small game license at $85. Meals and beverages
during overnight, if applicable, in Schefferville or
Sleeping bags and towels, accommodations in Montreal or gratuities.
Meat butchering and vacuum sealing if required in Schefferville,
normally $80 per caribou, or overnight in
Montreal. Antler transportation on the return
flight to Montreal. HCU consultants Craig Green, Bob
Wodzisz and Cliff Graham have been on this hunt.
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HUNT ALASKAN CARIBOU
NORTH SLOPE OF BROOKS RANGE
This outfitter operates on the
North Slope for barren ground caribou in the western arctic
herd. This herd is alive and
well and success has run 90 percent past years. He hunts a 2,000 square
mile area of unspoiled wilderness. In 2013 his 25 hunters took 37 bulls
averaging 350 inches and all 12 hunters that wanted a second bull were
successful. 7-day hunts
August 1 to 31 guided 2x1 are $7,000 and a second caribou can be taken
on a $1,500 trophy fee. He has a main lodge that can accommodate up to 4
hunters or fly out to remote tent camps. Hunters fly into
Fairbanks, overnight at the Best Western, and then fly to
Pass for about $380
roundtrip. You will be met there and transported to the lodge by
supercub. This outfitter
also offers a high success combination grizzly/caribou 10-day hunt
guided 1x1 for $15,000. In 2013 he had 11 hunters take 10 grizzlies and
9 caribou. Extremely rough weather made flying conditions almost
nonexistent hampering his success. The average bear will range from 6 ½
to 7-foot. Later August dates are preferred. Hunters are flown to a
remote tent camp with spot and stalk being the main hunting method.
We work with 2 different outfitters for both caribou
and moose in Newfoundland.
Both are premier outfitters with great success, typically 100 percent on
mature bulls. Newfoundland’s
woodland caribou herd had been on a significant decline in certain areas
of the island. The ministry had drastically lowered the amount of tags
allocated to all the outfitters, causing prices to increase. Since then
the numbers have been improving and quality is on an upswing.
Both outfitters offer archery hunts during this special season
the last week of August and first week of September just before the gun
hunts that start in mid-September.
The first outfitter hosted 11 hunters, including 8
bowhunters and all scored on good stags. One bull made the Boone and
Crockett record book and several archers took Pope and Young bulls.
6-day hunt is priced at $7,500 plus 6.5% HST tax and includes your
license and airport pickup in Deer
Lake. Moose can be added in the trophy area
for $6,000. This outfitter has an extremely nice lodge with a sauna and
hot tub. At press time there were openings for the 2014 season.
The second outfitter took 7 stags in 2013 including 3
that should make the Boone and Crockett record book.
6-day hunt guided 1x1 with nice cabin accommodations
is $6,500 plus $600 license and 6.5% HST tax, moose can be added for
$4,000. NEXT AVAILABLE
OPENING IS 2016. Many camps are accessed only by helicopter and flights
are included in the price. Rifle hunts start mid-September and run to
November. Hunters can drive to Newfoundland or fly to Deer Lake Airport and be picked up. HCU
consultants, Cliff Graham, Bob Wodzisz and Scott Steinkruger have all
hunted with this outfitter.
BARREN GROUND CARIBOU
$7995 FROM THOMPSON
2013 proved to be another successful year with
everyone taking their first bull and 96% taking a second bull, exception
was a few bowhunters. The
Northwest Territories has closed all their central Canadian
barren ground caribou hunting to non-residents, so the only place you
can still hunt this specie is Nunavut
or northern Manitoba. Here you can
hunt the Qamairjuaq herd and as of the latest census it has over 450,000
only has 500 licenses per year for both residents and non-residents, so
this herd is not pressured.
Past years this outfitter has been at or near 100% success on 2 bulls.
In 2012, 40 hunters took 37 bulls, including a couple bowhunters. The
area is conducive to bowhunt due to the cover and brush. Best bull gross
scored 390 Boone and Crockett and the average bull grossed 335.
7 days, 6 hunting, is $7,995 guided 2x1 or add $500 to be guided
1x1. This includes 2 caribou, fishing, wolf and ptarmigan hunting.
Hunters must purchase their caribou tags at $460 each, $32 fishing
license and $150 bird license if you want to hunt ptarmigan plus .0425%
tax. He has a main lodge
that all hunters are flown into from Thompson Falls and this charter is included in the
price. From there you will be flown to one of 2 main camps that include
electricity, wood heat, shower house, satellite phone and satellite
internet. Camps are located on the Nunavut/Manitoba border.
Hunt dates are September 6 to 13, 13 to 20 and 20 to
27. Hunters fly from Winnipeg to Thompson Falls
at about $600 roundtrip or you can rent a car and drive, then overnight.
You are picked up early the next day and the hunt price includes all
flying from Thompson Falls.