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 Karibu
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? Alle Jagden (34)
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.
10 Day Grizzly/Caribou Combo on 1x1 United States
The 10 day Grizzly/Caribou hunt will be booked as a medium difficulty backpack hunt on 1x1. 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.
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 28 August 2019 6 September 2019
Backpack Caribou Hunt 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 August 2019 30 September 2019
Remote Fly in Moose/Caribou Combo Hunt Canada
We offer week-long guided moose - caribou combo hunts from our Newfoundland hunting camp located at Chucks pond. Our most common method of moose hunting is spot, stalk and calling. Newfoundland’s big game hunting season opens on the second Saturday of September. The moose number in our province are between 120,000 and 150,000 animals, with mature males weighing between 1000 and 1500 lbs. The rut begins throughout the last week of September (prime time) and into much of October. It is a Remote fly in hunt and the purchase of a hunt includes the following. Travel within Deer Lake (ie. airport pickup/drop off, meat and trophy deliveries to butcher/shipper, to/from float base, last minute shopping needs) Float plane flights to/from camp for hunters, gear, meat & trophies 7 nights at camp, all meals, field lunches, full bath with hot & cold running water, generated electricity, woodstove 6 days guided hunting Field preparation of meat and trophies (caping) Equipment use in the field (boat, quad, etc.) The combo hunt price is $10.000+licence $765 A bear tag can be combined with any of our hunts. Once the bear is harvested a $500 trophy fee will be applied. Bear hunts are not baited and are incidental while hunting for moose or caribou. Non-hunters are also welcome at the lodge at a rate of $2,500 per person. Please inquire for available dates.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 30 September 2019 7 October 2019
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