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.
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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.
August-September Caribou Hunt 2020 Greenland
This is a 6 day Caribou hunt package with 4 full hunting days and 1 trophy Caribou license included to the price. This type of hunting is very different from the other trophy hunting companies: on our autumn hunts the hunter participates not only in the ordinary camp work, but also with carrying camp equipment, and food, etc. to the camp, carrying trophy and meat down from the mountain, and carrying camp equipment back to the road after the hunt. There are no carriers and additional hunting guides to take care of everything. The hunt is done on foot. So you have to be in a fairly good condition, so you can walk 5 km out, and 5 km back with 30 kg on your back in varied terrain. But the longer you can walk, the better are the chances for big animals. It's possible to pay the guides for carrying your trophy for you, the cost is 10 euro per kg, and is not included in the tip. Please note that we hunt one animal at a time, and when all meat and trophy is back at camp, then we can start hunting the next animal. Furthermore, if we can’t carry all down the same day, then we bring down meat first, and trophy is stored in a tent to be carried down the next day. For hunting in August-September you need to bring a sleeping bag. When Muskox and Caribou are shot, we can use the rest of the hunt for small game hunting: snow hare availbale from August 1st; wingshooting: Canadian goose, duck, ptarmigan, loon are available from the 1st of September. Arctic fox and Raven available all season. Fishing arctic char in the lake at area 9 is also included, but bring your own fishing gear. Compound bow hunting is possible only on 1x1 basis (5000 euro per package), crossbow hunting is not allowed. Availability 2020: We take max. 4 hunters per group. August 18 to 23 - 4 openings August 28 to Sept.2 - 4 openings Sept. 7 to 12 - sold out Sept. 18 to 23 - sold out
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 17 Aug 2020 23 Sep 2020
Caribou Hunt - fly in 2x1 United States
We offer world class guided caribou hunts in Alaska. Hunting Alaska's Arctic is dangerous as well as expensive and challenging, Our Professional hunting Guides will assist you in your pursuit of Alaskan trophy caribou and arctic grizzlies. Our camps are comfortable and guides and equipment are top of the line. We offer Raft hunts as well as drop camps with the super cub. We only offer guided hunts as Alaska is a dangerous place. Weather can change quickly and your dream hunt can easily become a nightmare if you are unprepared. When you hunt with us you can rest easy as you will be in competent safe hands! We offer trophy fee options if you wish to harvest a grizzly bear on a caribou hunt. Family Hunting Trips We encourage bringing your family to the arctic. We take many fathers & sons and or daughters on hunts as well as husbands and wives. Caribou hunts are a great way to introduce your family to a real fair chase remote wilderness adventure that may leave them thirsty for more. The arctic is a once in a life time experience that you and your family will not soon forget. These hunts are available as a two hunters to one guide ratio as well as a three to one. A Caribou hunt is a great opportunity to share an experience of a life time with family and friends.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 26 Jul 2020 2 Aug 2020
Fly-in 7-day Woodland Caribou Hunt '20 Canada
Big game hunting for Woodland Caribou is allowable only in Newfoundland. We hunt the Middle Ridge herd - the largest woodland caribou herd and the one with the highest proportion of trophy class animals. Large males, weighing upwards of 500 lbs. and sporting an impressive mahogany colored antlered crown is beautiful to see and a challenge to hunt. The mating period for caribou usually occurs during the period early October to mid November. 25% of the woodland caribou taken here are record book specimens. Woodland caribou hunting is akin to moose hunting in that this caribou shares a large portion of its range with moose, and is relatively sedentary, making only short migrations to rutting range and winter range. Woodland caribou hunting is truly an enjoyable experience, and for us a premium big game hunting adventure. Each day of woodland caribou hunting begins with an early rise and a hearty breakfast. As with moose hunting, you will leave camp just as the dawn begins to show. Prime woodland caribou hunting areas are within a short walk, and sometimes caribou will emerge from the bush within rock throwing distance from the hunting lodge, or on the beach in front of the hunting lodge. If that doesn't happen, your hunt package includes one return helicopter trip to the major rutting areas. We are located on the route followed by the famous British hunter and traveler John G. Millais who returned to Newfoundland in 1904 to hunt woodland caribou because of hunting stories he had been told previously while hunting elsewhere in Newfoundland. His account of his experiences was recorded in his book "Newfoundland and its untrodden ways." You will be able to hunt this same ground, virtually unchanged. Rifles of 30 caliber and loaded with 180 grain bullets are proven effective for woodland caribou hunting. CARIBOU HUNTING SUCCESS RATE = 95% (past four years))
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 13 Sep 2020 22 Nov 2020
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