Where to hunt Barren Ground Caribou
Barren ground caribou are also known as the tundra caribou. They inhabit the northmost ranges of caribou, and undertake large-scale seasonal migrations from northern calving grounds and pastures to wintering range in the boreal forests and back. Hunting opportunities are mostly concentrated in Greenland and Alaska, with some options in Canada as well.
The most affordable barren ground caribou offers are to be found in Greenland, where they get below $5,000. Barren ground caribou hunts in the USA and Canada start at about $7,500 and most are in the 10,000 USD range. As a large part of the price comes from the cost of travel to remote areas, it’s advisable to combine a hunt after caribou with hunting other species such as musk ox or moose. Combination hunts typically are a better value.
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When to hunt Barren Ground Caribou?
The season in Alaska runs from August to November, but the prime time for hunting is September and October. The same applies to Greenland. In North America success in hunting barren ground caribou often depends on whether the animals migrate to a given area or not. The populations in Greenland hardly ever migrate at all, so hunting is somewhat more predictable there.
Hunting methods All hunting methods (5)
Barren ground caribou hunting in Alaska is typically a combination of spot-and-stalk and ambushing a moving herd, especially during migration. In Greenland many outfitters prefer to cruise along the shoreline in motorboat, scouting for a huntable bull; once such is located, the guide and hunter land ashore and begin the stalk. This method is allowed and practiced in some areas of Alaska as well.
Why hunt Barren Ground Caribou? All hunts (20)
One person's staple food (clothes, home, tools, and 1001 other use), another person's adventure magnet: the caribou. Like all caribou, barren ground caribou carry large and impressive antlers, that are uniquely shaped and combine palms with points, with a prominent eye guard. But for the true hunter they are only a symbol of the journey into the last frontier, the unique experience of joining the Circle of Life and Death in the rugged and beautiful Arctic, with the sight of thousands of migrating caribou rivalling the famous springbok migrations in Africa.
8 Day Two Caribou/Grizzly Hunt 2x1 United States
The 8 day two Caribou/Grizzly hunt will be booked as a medium difficulty backpack hunt on 2x1. We will plan on being in areas of less exposure to weather. Spike camp will be carried by the client and guide, usually on a through-hike (not coming out the same way they went in). The clients will need to be in top physical and mental shape. In the Arctic, one guarantee is by mid-September the mountain creeks have begun to freeze (if not already), storms have became more violent and higher elevation air strips are threatened by snow. Temperatures are generally in the 20 to 45 degree range. Along with the storms comes poor visibility, high river crossings and delayed travel. These times are mentally challenging for most hunters. Good Kavik Camp communication and high quality gear while in Spike Camp allows us to be patient and comfortable while waiting for better weather. During the later hunts, there are definitely fewer people out and about resulting in less traffic in the main valleys. Also animals seem to start moving out of high elevation areas that they have been in most of the summer and travel into transition areas lower down in elevation. Our packs will be approximately 60 lbs each. This will allow the guide to carry additional 100 lbs of game meat out and the hunter with 50 lbs of cape and horns. Air support will be utilized for pick up on a braided gravel bar of at least 500 ft. with a good approach. Hunting License and tags not included in above prices. Our company sells tags but you can also purchase at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov. For an additional fee of $3000 you can request your own packer to aid with your entire hunt. We have full time butcher to cut, grind and vacuum seal your game. Additional species on a trophy fee basis while on the hunt. The indicated price is for two hunters.
Trip duration: 8 days
Trip available on: 20 August 2019 27 August 2019
Caribou 1x1 Hunt United States
We hunt Caribou this time of year in our exclusive guiding area in the Ray Mountains, an area well know for its large-bodied Caribou. This is resident herd of Caribou (not a migratory herd), which means that the Caribou will be there, but some hiking is required. This is a 7 day backpack hunt, and can be 1X1 or 2X1, the limit is one Bull per hunter, and Caribou will be in velvet early in the season. Hunters have an excellent chance at harvesting Grizzlies and/or Black Bears on this hunt. A trophy fee will be charged if a hunter elects to harvest a Bear. Access is via company owned light aircraft equipped with tundra tires landing on high ridges. Hunting style is spot and stalk, combined with walking ridges to locate these resident Caribou. This is an excellent value for a fully guided Caribou hunt, with the option to harvest a quality Grizzly bear in the 6.5-8.5 ft range. August 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
Trip duration: 7 days
Trip available on: 10 August 2019 30 August 2019
Muskox Winter Hunt "The Arctic Five" '20 Greenland
This hunt is for adventure hunters who want to experince the arctic winter. The hunting bring us into the remote arctic winter wilderness. It is hunting in extreme conditions with temperatures from around 0 to - 40 C. It is an adventure in the world's “last frontier”. We will start hunting for Musk Ox, and we will hunt by ATV/snowmobile and on foot on a spot and stalk hunt. Depending on conditions, we use ATVs or snowmobile to bring us into the area, and after spotting the animal, we will start a stalk on foot. You will often be close to big arctic Musk Ox during the hunt. The last part of the hunt is exciting in ways that sometimes it tests the hunter’s nerve system! We are hunting under extreme arctic winter conditions; therefore your physical health has to be good. We will be able to take the vehicle to the dead animal to pick up meat and trophy. After approaching a lonely bull or a family group, there will normally be an opportunity to find support for the rifle on rocks or small hills when you are shooting. After a succesful Muskox hunting, we start hunting Caribou, polar fox, polar hare and ptarmigan. If you succeed with all of the five species you have shot what we call ''The Arctic Five''! To be mentioned: the Polar Fox can’t be exported due to rabies risk and the Caribou is not a big trophy at this time of year – but still ''The Arctic Five'' is ''The Arctic Five''! Program: Day 1: - Arrival to Kangerlussuaq - Outfitter receives you at airport. - Quick switch of clothes. - Transport to hunting camp. - Musk ox hunt. - Overnight stay at hunting camp. Day 2-3: - Spot and stalk musk ox hunt. - Hunt for caribou, polar fox, polar hare and Ptarmigan. - Overnight stay at hunting camp. Day 4: - Hunt in the morning. - Return to Kangerlussuaq. - Overnight accommodation at hotel. Day 5: - Departure from Kangerlussuaq. Available spots 2020: 13-17 March (3 hunters) 19-23 March (3 hunters) 26-30 March (3 hunters)
Trip duration: 4 days
Trip available on: 1 March 2020 30 April 2020
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