If you have been waiting to take that next step in your hunting career, here it is. Let’s head north, way north, to Yellowknife, N.W.T. From Yellowknife you can head out in pursuit of some of the most sought after big game trophies in North America.
Central barren ground caribou are available in a number of different areas. The Bathurst Caribou Herd now numbers over 500,000. Many of the “boo” taken in this area have made B & C and SCI record books. The camps consist of heated wall tents on wooden frames and a large cooking/dining tent where many caribou and freshly caught fish dishes are prepared. Hunting is done by boating to certain areas where you will walk inland to glass the tundra from numerous eskers and ridges. Fishing for lake trout, grayling and northern pike is available during caribou hunts. The caribou hunts are done in cooperation with Dechi Laoti First Nations.
One of the most unique trophies, the musk ox, is also available from this outfitter. The Victoria Island musk ox population has been on the increase for years and has one of the largest concentrations in the Arctic. Hunters are transported to the hunting area via snow machine where they will stay in a tent camp. The hunt is scheduled for six days, but is usually shorter due to abundance of game. Hunts end when animal is harvested. Their hunts are conducted with the help of the Inuit of Holman (pop. 400) and they will be happy to show you their village where much of their traditional life is still followed.
For a truly trophy hunt, you can hunt musk ox near Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. The mainland herd here has become famous for producing trophy bulls, many which score over 120 B & C. This hunt is for the adventure minded as you will be transported by snow machine across the sea ice to the mainland where the hunt will take place. You should anticipate 100% success on this trip as you will look over great numbers of musk ox. Hunting by dog team is also an option.
Arctic wolf is also an option from Yellowknife. Wolves thrive in abundant numbers in the NWT and Nunavut. You will camp in Nunavut, only two miles from the NWT border and be able to harvest a wolf in both areas.
Grizzly bears are the target at Bathurst Inlet, Nunavut. These are barren ground grizzlies and their numbers are also on the rise and enables this unique opportunity to be had by a select few hunters. The barren ground grizzly is well known for it’s ferocity. It fears no animal – man included – in it’s tundra domain. The size of these grizzlies resembles that of the mountain grizzly. Exceptional specimens may reach eight feet.
Last but no least, for those of you ready to reach the pinnacle of North American hunting opportunities, how about polar bear? These hunts are conducted from the communities of Holman Island in the NWT and Pelly Bay in Nunavut. Polar bears taken in Holman are importable into the United States. Hunting is done from outpost camps in prime areas which may be up to 100 miles from the nearest Inuit community. All hunting is conducted from dog team. Hunts are twelve days in duration and include one hunter, one guide, one helper on a snow machine, and the dog team. Extra hunting days can be arranged on the spot if not successful in allotted time. Several bears over nine feet have been taken recently. A non-hunting companion can join you on this hunt for an additional fee. You will need to have a flexible schedule. You will be loaned appropriate Arctic clothing such as parka, pants, mitts, and kamiks (boots).