HUNT THE N.W.T. FOR
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 $1,000.
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 $4,000 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 $8,500 plus $100
preservation fund and 2 1/2 percent tax. He also offers moose on the
later caribou hunts for a kill fee of $7,500. HCU consultants Bob
Wodzisz and Cliff Graham have taken moose and caribou with this outfit.
QUEBEC-LABRADOR CARIBOU HUNTS
2012 season was very high success. 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 $6,000.
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 $7,200.
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 $7,500.
This will be for 2 guides and 6 hunters. Cook
and meals will be provided. Bring a pack frame to assist in the
2X1 HUNT PACKAGE is priced at $8,000.
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.
All packages are priced to increase $100 per year for next 3 years.
All 8-day packages, 6 hunting, include roundtrip
air from Montreal to Schefferville, licenses, 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, 2 split sets of
antlers or 1 whole set of antlers is included in price. 1 split plus 1
whole set costs $50 or 2 whole sets cost $100. Second cape costs $100
payable to the guide if not taken care of by the hunter. HCU
consultants Craig Green, Bob Wodzisz and Cliff Graham have been on this
hunt. Hunt CU27.
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DROP CAMP HUNTS $3150
GUIDED 2 BULLS FOR $6500
Last fall in 2012 the caribou hunting was very good
up to the last week in early October when the early snows dumped on
northern Alaska. Up to that point all 18 hunters
had tagged nice bulls, but the last week only half of the 6 hunters took
bulls. This outfitter hunts the Western Arctic herd in
northwestern Alaska east of Kotzebue
and the biologists approximate count is 450,000 to 600,000 animals.
Unit 23 still allows 2 bulls per hunter due to high caribou numbers.
In 2011 he had 14 guided hunters take 27 bulls, one hunter only wanted
one bull. He also had 25 unguided hunters and one group went home
empty, the rest scored.
Unguided hunts are priced at $3,150. This is
based on double occupancy, and includes tents, cots, food, cooking
equipment, transportation of meat, capes and antlers back to Kotzebue.
Hunts guided 2x1 for 5 days are $6,500. Air support
continues monitoring the migration and his camps are mobile and can be
relocated if necessary. Non-resident hunting license is $86, caribou
tag is $325 each and wolf tag is $35. Dates are late August to late
September. Hunters fly to
and then onto Kotzebue where you take a charter for about $500 roundtrip
to camp. Hunt CU247.
BARREN GROUND CARIBOU
This outfitter was 100% successful on 2 bulls for
every hunter on the first hunt. The second hunt could have been
the same, but some were die hard bowhunters and were not able to fill
all the tags. Past years have been running 90% or better.
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
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 and 2011 was no different. 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. In 2010 he
hosted 35 hunters and 31 scored mostly on 2 bulls each. The
average bull grossed 335 and the top 2 bulls went 395 and 386 (360 is
Boone and Crockett minimum).
7 days, 6 hunting, is $6,995 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 7 to 14 and 14 to 21. 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.
CARIBOU HUNT $5500
100% SUCCESS PAST YEARS
PERSONALLY GUIDED BY OUTFITTER
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 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.
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. Hunt CU64.
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
Newfoundland’s woodland caribou herd has been on
a significant decline and the ministry has severely cut the amount of
tags to all outfitters.
The first outfitter had 7 tags last fall and all
scored on big bulls, including 4 that should make the Boone and Crockett
6-day hunt guided 1x1 with nice cabin
accommodations is $5,800 plus $600 license and 7% HST tax. 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.
He also offers an archery hunt during this special
season the last week of August and first week of September just before
the gun hunts. Success has been 100% on very good trophy sized
bulls. Moose can be added for $4,000 and black bear for $500.
HCU consultants, Cliff Graham, Bob Wodzisz and Scott Steinkruger have
all hunted with this outfitter. Hunt CU94.
The second outfitter hosted 11 hunters, including 8
bowhunters and all scored on good bulls. A traditional archer took the
new number 5 Pope and Young bull. 6-day hunt is priced at $7,000 and
includes your license and airport pickup in Deer Lake.
This outfitter has an extremely nice lodge with a sauna and hot tub.