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ALASKA 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 2014.
Hunt CU64.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

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 Pictures from this Hunt.

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.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

QUEBEC-LABRADOR CARIBOU HUNTS

The Quebec 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 FAIR CHASE.

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 Schefferville.

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 Caniapiscau.  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. Hunt CU27.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

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 Anaktuvuk 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. Hunt CU330.

 

NEWFOUNDLAND WOODLAND
CARIBOU HUNTS

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. Hunt CU709.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

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.
Hunt CU94.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

CENTRAL CANADIAN
BARREN GROUND CARIBOU
$7995 FROM THOMPSON FALLS

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 animals. Manitoba 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. Hunt CU352.  Pictures from this Hunt.