Warm-Weather Muskox Hunts
Muskox can be hunted in the summer and fall in Greenland, often in pleasant 60-degree temperatures. Winter hunts are also available for a more traditional experience
Large, Abundant Caribou
Greenland is home to many large caribou (also called reindeer), with most scoring in the 300- to 350-inch range and sometimes larger—one that scored 458 SCI points was taken here in 2015
Greenland is a beautiful country to explore, with plenty of post-hunt activities such as sightseeing, photography, and fishing for Arctic char
Greenland on map
About hunting in Greenland
Greenland is the world’s largest island and its most sparsely populated country. It is part of the Danish Commonwealth; its government is mostly autonomous although Denmark oversees certain aspects such as the military and foreign affairs. Greenland has an excellent system of wildlife management, and its wildlife is thriving. Muskox and caribou/reindeer are the main draws for hunters. Trophy quality for muskox is outstanding, with many older bulls qualifying for the Boone and Crockett record book. Hunters will typically see many muskox during the course of a hunting day. In addition, there are plenty of caribou on the island, including many large-antlered, mature bulls.
What you need to know
1. Planning your trip
2. Upon arrival
4. After the hunt
Planning your trip
No visa is required for citizens of the United States or Canada who are visiting as tourists for a stay up to 90 days. For more information on visa requirements, see https://greenland.visahq.com.
Hunts may be done with rifles or archery equipment, and bringing your own gun or bow into Greenland is not a problem. Most outfitters recommend .30-caliber rifles with shot distances averaging 50 to 150 yards for muskox and 100 to 300 yards for caribou. Hunters may be required to present a valid hunting license and/or proof of hunting certification from their home country. Check with your outfitter for specifics, or apply in advance for a firearm permit here.
Flights into Greenland generally connect through Iceland; hunters arrive in Narsarsuaq, Greenland. Your outfitter should arrange for someone to meet you and assist with firearms permits and transport to the hunting area or a hotel. Most native Inuits in Greenland speak Kalaallisut and Danish, but many speak English as well.
Summer muskox hunts in southern Greenland occur during the months of July, August and September. Caribou/reindeer are generally not hunted until after August 1. Hunts may be conducted on foot from inland camps, but others are done by cruising the shoreline in a 30- to 40-foot boat until game is spotted. Then, hunters go ashore with a guide in a small, open boat to evaluate and stalk the animal. Because muskox are generally found close to shore, very little physical effort is required on these hunts. Caribou hunts, as well as inland muskox hunts, require a lot more climbing and hiking, especially early in the season. In the north and west of Greenland, more traditional winter muskox and caribou hunts are offered, with transportation via snowmobile, ATV, or dogsled.
After the hunt
Typically trophies are skinned and caped and then frozen until the end of the hunting season, usually in October. At that time, they are shipped to Denmark, where the skulls are cleaned and the hides are prepared for export to the hunter’s home country.
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