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Barren Ground caribou near Arviat, Nunavat, Canada

This hunt takes place on the Hudson Bay lowland tundra near Arviat in Nunavat, the native territory of northcentral Canada. The caribou there comprise what is known as the Qaminirjuaq herd, number about 500,000 animals.

The jumping off point for this hunt takes place from the village of Arviat in the western Hudson Bay lowland less than 100 miles from the Manitoba border in Nunavut Territory.

The barren-ground lowlands are home of ptarmigan, wolf and even wolverine. The occasional (protected) barren-ground grizzly also occurs here. Wolves and wolverine can be taken if encountered for a harvest fee of $500.

Fishing may also be available for lake trout and Arctic grayling in some local lakes, The area is a major nesting ground for lesser snow geese. The season for ptarmigan and snow geese opens on Sep 1.

We work with a man who oversees and sets up these hunts. He said that on an ATV, a mobile guide and hunter can always find caribou.

Local hunters always bag caribou on a day’s outing, but they are not trophy hunting. They prefer to shoot cows because of the more tender meat, leaving the adult bulls alone.

Rifle hunters should enjoy 100% hunter success on caribou here. Even patient bow hunters will do well here because there is some relief with ravines and gullies. With the ATV, hunters can get ahead of the caribou and hunker down and lie in ambush – wait for the caribou to come within shooting range of the bow hunter.

If the caribou are more or less concentrated in one area which would enable the building of a base camp with tent frames, it would be done so for the greater comfort of clients and guides. But in all cases, the guides will have canvas tents in case a night or two of spiking out is needed to get the hunters onto good bulls. The tents will of course be heated. The guides and hunters will share the camp chores.

Back to Winnipeg and overnight at own expense.

Caribou Hunt No. 5502
Length, hunter:guide ratio Price per person (U.S. $)
5 days 2x1 $6,120 (includes 2 caribou)
5 days 1x1 $6,120 (includes 2 caribou)
Non-hunter (only with 1x1 hunt) $2,500
Tentative Itinerary


Sunday Day 1 Arrive in Arviat. Obtain hunting license(s) at wildlife office. Overnight at own expense.

local hotel.

Monday Day 2 After breakfast travel to hunting camp, hunting along the way.

Tuesday Day 3

to Friday Day 6 Hunt caribou arriving in Arviat late in the afternoon or early evening on the Friday

night. Overnight at own expense.

Saturday Day 7 Pay government trophy fee; obtain export permits. Pack up antlers and mean. Fly

Back to Winnipeg and overnight at own expense.

Airfare to and from the village of Arviat; Canadian Firearms Import License at a cost of $25 Cdn issued by Canada Customs upon entering Canada; $150 U.S. fee for Non resident Hunting Preservation Fund; licenses and trophy fees; gratuities to guides; accommodation before and after the hunt if necessary; taxidermy fees; items of a personal nature, including sleeping bags, alcoholic or carbonated beverages; excess baggage charges; any costs incurred by delays due to bad weather or mechanical problems; 5 percent Canadian Goods and Services Tax; harvest fee of $500 for wolf and wolverine; cancellation insurance; any costs for hotels and meals due to delays in regular scheduled flights, charter flights or delays in transfers by surface which are beyond the control of Canada North Outfitting. Clients must pack up their own meat for transportation home.
Pre-trip info packet Waiver of liability
All booked clients will receive detailed package of pre-hunt information including clothing and equipment recommendations, including advice on fishing tackle for those who are interested.

All clients must sign a waiver of liability recognizing that big game hunting can be a dangerous pastime. A sample (one page) copy is available on request.
Deposit and payment Price includes
A deposit of $2000 US is required to confirm a booking of a one caribou hunt and $2,400 US to confirm a booking for a two caribou hunt.
Final payment is due 60 days before the hunt.
Transfers from village of Arviat to the camp and return; lodging in a tented camp, heated by kerosene heaters, during the hunt; the services of one Inuit guides with an ATV on 2x1 or 1x1 basis as booked; camp meals; field preparation of the trophy.
License and trophy fees Cancellations/refunds
First caribou license $50 CAD, second caribou license $100 CAD, fishing license $10 CAD, small game license $10 CAD; wolf license $50 CAD; wolverine license $50 CAD. The trophy fee is $150 CAD per caribou, payable to the wildlife officer after the hunt, and before he issues the export permit. All license and trophy fees are government fees and therefore are beyond our control and subject to change without notice and do not include GST tax. No price change in these fees is anticipated for 2010.
No refund can be made for any cancellation unless a replacement hunter is found. We strongly advise clients to purchase cancellation insurance which is available from us for an approximate cost of $6 per $100 but the correct premium quote depends on the clients date of birth and dates of travel and cost of hunt. See huntandtravel.com or csatravelprotection.com. It is always best to purchase insurance at the time of deposit for complete protection.
Departure dates Travel
Aug 15 – 21; Aug 22 to 28; Aug 29 – Sep 4; Sep 5 to 11; Sep 26 to Oct 2. Other dates not mentioned are fully booked. Similar dates for 2011. These dates are from Arviat to Arviat. Airfare is approximately $1,600 return - round trip between Winnipeg and Arviat depending on the time of purchase and the US/CAD dollar exchange.