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37 hunting trips from 15 outfitters starting from $4,700

37 hunts
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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).

Price distribution

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.

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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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Hunting methods All hunting methods (6)

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 (37)

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.

Late Season Caribou Hunt

Late Season Caribou Hunt Canada

Our remote outfitting area offers spectacular mountain scenery, fish-filled rivers and lakes, wide, timbered valleys and incredible hunting; the perfect place for serious hunters seeking the adventure of a lifetime! Our caribou are the desirable mountain caribou species, only found in this part of North America. These are the largest of the caribou species and they have the heaviest antlers, often palmated. If you have a physical condition that prevents you from walking far, please make us aware when you book a hunt and we can put you in a camp that generally doesn’t require as much physical exertion. Normally each hunter has his own base camp and hunts directly from there; but where it is feasible, the hunter might spike out with his guide.

Trip duration: 7 days

Trip available on: 5 October 2019 31 October 2019

$11,300 for 1 hunter
Fly In Caribou Hunt

Fly In Caribou Hunt Canada

Hunting prices are all-inclusive with no hidden costs or fees (includes all taxes). Special discounts may apply based on the number of hunters booking as a group. Ask us for a preferred group rate! Non-Hunting Guest ................................................$1,900 U.S.FINAL PAYMENT: Due before being flown into the hunting lodge. Our rates listed above will include: picking up hunters at the Stephenville airport or local hotel (and return after the hunting week). Staff will greet each hunter and provide local transportation – guaranteed – provided the hunter arrives at the pre-arranged date & time. Once in Newfoundland, your hunt will include the ‘bush flight’ into & out of our exclusive fly-in hunting lodge, your guide, full time cook. Our hunting lodge is located in Western Newfoundland, it is exclusive and accessible by aircraft only (meaning it is inaccessible to locals). We have been outfitting since 1969, and have secured a hunting territory bordering a large wilderness reserve. The Lodge is positioned on a beautifully sheltered lake with a long sandy beach at the headwaters of Fishells River. Guests will be flown into camp by our affiliated Commercial Chartered Floatplane (or Helicopter) arriving at this exclusive hunting location. This flight is included in your hunting price. In planning your hunt you will need to allow sufficient time for arrival & departure logistics.

Trip duration: 7 days

Trip available on: 6 September 2019 11 October 2019

$8,500 for 1 hunter
Barren Ground Caribou Hunt 1x1

Barren Ground Caribou Hunt 1x1 United States

Caribou are the iconic migrators of Alaska. Remarkable in their endurance and the vast territories they cover, they truly are outstanding animals to see. In the Brooks Range, we hunt the Porcupine herd, one of the healthiest and most prolific herds in the world. This is a "spot-and-stalk" and ambush pass-through style hunt. This hunt is 1 guide per hunter and includes 1 caribou. A second caribou may be add for a $4,000 trophy fee. Wolves may be hunted for no additional fee. This hunt is generally of moderate difficulty, although it may be quite easy depending upon how well your trip is timed with height of migration through camp. 7 hunting days and 9 total trip days.

Trip duration: 7 days

Trip available on: 25 August 2019 15 September 2019

$10,750 for 1 hunter
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