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.October 4, 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 (39)
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.
Caribou 1x1 5 day Hunt 2021 United States
We’re hunting the Central Arctic Herd of Caribou in the Southern Slopes of the Brooks Range as they migrate to the Southern edge of their range for the winter months. Over the preceding 5 seasons, this herd has passed right through our hunting area during this time period, with thousands of animals pouring right through our camps! This 5 day, fully guided 1X1 hunt should give you plenty of time to harvest a quality Bull Caribou in some of the most beautiful mountains Alaska has to offer. Grizzlies can be harvested as a secondary animal if desired, a trophy fee will apply. Access is via company owned light aircraft equipped with tundra tires so we can access the most difficult landing areas. Accommodations will be comfortable 8X8 Arctic Ovens with cots to protect you from the freezing nights and snowfall that can come this time of year.
Trip duration: 5 days
Trip available on: 26 September 2021 30 September 2021
Northern B.C. Caribou 2x1 Hunt '19 Canada
In the far north, among the rolling plateaus, live the largest of the Caribou species, the Mountain Caribou. Bulls can weigh up to 650 pounds and have heavy, dark coloured antlers and beautiful white manes. All caribou hunts will be 10 days in duration and will be spot and stalk in the northern part of our Liard River Concession. These animals are found in good numbers, and with a steady population of resident animals, success rates are high. They can be hunted on their own or make an affordable add on to your Moose hunt. Caribou in our area live in gentler terrain then in many other regions and this hunt can be enjoyed by almost anybody. These hunts are all ATV supported and you will be staying in a remote cabin camp. Depending on weather or herd location there is a chance you will need to spike out occasionally, but this is rare. If you’re ready to add a Mountain Caribou to your trophy room, please contact us for available dates and get ready for a hunt you’ll never forget. Please note that we cannot control the weather. We will do everything possible to get you out hunting on schedule, but please be patient if adverse weather conditions delay charter flights. The pilots are only concerned with your safety. *Add on Black Bear for $180 U.S. license plus $1,500 U.S. trophy fee.
Trip duration: 10 days
Trip available on: 10 September 2019 30 September 2019
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