Where to hunt Caribou
We prefer to use the word “caribou” to refer to North American animals, and “reindeer” to Eurasian populations, although for all practical purposes it’s the same animal. Many varieties of caribou are recognized, including Barren Ground, Quebec Labrador, mountain and woodland, but the differences between lie mostly in habitat and behavior, not genetics. Caribou are the creature of the North, and inhabit the tundra, forest tundra and northern forest across North America. Non-resident hunting seasons are open in Alaska, a number of Canadian provinces including Yukon, British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador, and Greenland (although that’s technically Europe, as Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark).
Caribou habitat is found far away from civilization, and the biggest part of the hunt’s price is travel and camping. Don’t forget that outfitters have to fly in everything from tents to guns and ammo. Hunting opportunities in Greenland start under $5,000. You may find caribou hunts in the USA and Canada at as low as $7,500, but most are in the 10K range. One way to save is to combine the hunt with other big-game animals, such as grizzly and moose - combination hunts are usually better bargains than a caribou-only hunt.
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It’s amazing how creatures can adapt to living in the harshest of environments. You’d never thought that something as unappetizing and unnourishing as lichen can support tens of thousands of robust and hard-going deer. Yet, here they are, all over the Northern Hemisphere: known as reindeer in Eurasia and as caribou in North America, the Arctic deer is the source of life for many indigenous peoples, and an irresistible attraction for hunters from the developed countries.4 Oct 2018 Caribou
When to hunt Caribou?
The caribou season typically starts in August and closes in November-December. However, in order to harvest a bull with antlers in prime shape, the hunter has to schedule the hunt in September or October: after the antlers are out of the velvet stage, but before the bulls shed them, which happens immediately after the rut. This is usually the best time to visit the boreal landscapes anyway, with mosquitos already gone and winter colds, snows and polar night not yet in. Hunting Barren Ground caribou and other tundra populations typically takes place during their autumn migration. In most cases caribou follow the same migration pattern from year to year, but occasionally for no apparent reason they arrive at a different time or take another way. That’s why some caribou outfitters prefer not to schedule hunts in advance, but to call hunters in when the deer arrive.
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First Nations invented many ingenious ways of caribou hunting, but for a modern hunter the primary way to get a caribou is by spot and stalk. Caribou are not very alert, but it may not be easy to approach a large herd with thousands of eyes looking in all directions, ready to flee from any danger. The alternative method is to ambush a herd. This usually works best during migration, but even when not migrating caribou are always on the move, so as not to exhaust their staple food, lichen. The hunter and the guide can predict the motions of the herd, get in front of it, and wait for its arrival in an ambush. The most successful guides combine these methods and switch from one to the other according to circumstances.
Why hunt Caribou? All hunts (36)
It’s amazing how creatures like caribou can adapt to harsh environment of the Arctic. One such adaptation is beautiful thick coat that partly consists of semi-hollow hairs. The other is antlers. Both bull and cow caribou carry antlers, with a unique and very individual shape combining a palm and numerous points with well developed eye guards, but the bulls drop their antlers before winter, and cows retain them until springtime (to protect their calving ground). Residents of caribou habitat also pursue them for their delicious meat, but a hunter that wants to get a pair of prime bull antlers would need to hunt during the rut, when caribou bull meat may be unpalatable. But the prime attraction for caribou hunting is probably the chance to see and live in the amazing, out-of-this-planet caribou habitat in the tundra and the boreal forest.
GRAND SLAM! Moose/Caribou/Bear Combo '20 Canada
Our hunt starts on Monday. If you are flying into Newfoundland via Deer Lake Regional Airport, plan to arrive on Saturday. We can arrange hotel bookings and you pay upon check-out. On Sunday, ground transportation will be provided to Peter Stride’s Pond, from where we fly you into Spruce Pond. On-site transportation is provided by boats and Argos. The use of boats allow us cross ponds to get to desired hunting grounds quickly and easily. Our boats are strategically placed to give guests easy access to prime hunting areas. The Argos are hardy vehicles ideally suited to get through the roughest terrain in the area, yet still be able to accommodate a guide, hunter and their animal. Moose is Newfoundland’s most popular big game animal and can weigh up to 1,200 lbs. With some of the highest moose populations in North America, it’s no wonder that Newfoundland is the destination for serious big game hunters. You will hunt from our main lodge or one of our spike camps. We mainly use spot and stalk technique. Let our experienced guides call out a moose on your next hunt with us. A combination of genetics, excellent habitat and very low hunting pressure make the Newfoundland Black Bear bigger than any of its North American cousins. The fall bear hunt starts the second week of September and can be pursued in combination with moose, woodland caribou or both. Please note: This is offered as a stumble-on hunt only, with no baits. The Woodland Caribou inhabiting Newfoundland are the southernmost on the continent and this is the only place in the world where this species can be legally harvested. Attention Hunters: Because of declining animal populations, Newfoundland outfitters have had their licence allocations reduced. As a result we have an extremely limited number of caribou licences available and these are sold on a first-come basis.
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 10 Sep 2020 31 Oct 2020
Backpack Caribou Hunt '21 Greenland
We offer a 4 days Caribou hunt near Kangerlussuaq, West Greenland. The hunt bring the hunters into the real arctic wilderness, this is a hunting adventure in the worlds “Last Frontier”. Our hunting camp is remote and close to the magnificent Ice Cap. The camp is equipped with all necessary gear and placed in the center of Caribou land. We trek to the caribou herds and spot the strong bucks and then the hunt begins. We trek light and if necessary we put up a flycamp for the night, normally we have time to trek back to the base camp. September Is a good time for Caribou hunting because of the upcoming rutting season and because the Caribou has cleaned velvet off the antlers. Program: Day 1: - Arrival to Kangerlussuaq - Outfitter receives you and makes an introduction to the local area. - Transport to tent camp. - Caribou stalking hunt. - Overnight stay at hunting camp. Day 2-3: - Spot and stalk Caribou hunt. - Overnight stay at hunting camp. - Small game hunting (if possible). Day 4: - Caribou stalking hunt. - Return to Kangerlussuaq. - Overnight accommodation at hotel Day 5: - Departure from Kangerlussuaq.
Trip duration: 4 days
Hunting season: 1 Aug 2021 30 Sep 2021
10 Day Caribou United States
*I am currently in the field until November 28th, 2019 and will not be able to answer questions until then. Booking period for 2020 and beyond will open January 1,2020. Thank you! This is a spot and stalk style backpack hunt, draw hunt, fly out only. Contact us for more drawing info. Can be combined with any other hunt. Season is August 10 - September 20. Harvest Fee is $1,500
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 10 Aug 2020 20 Sep 2020
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