CARIBOU HUNTS

Caribou Hunt Information

Caribou, also known as reindeer, live in the northern parts of Europe, Asia, Greenland and North America. Caribou can be found in coniferous forests characterized by swampy areas, lakes and rivers, such as those found in Alaska, Canada, Scandinavia and Siberia. There are two species of caribou (reindeer): the tundra reindeer and the woodland reindeer. Tundra reindeer are further divided in six known subspecies, while woodland reindeer have three distinct subspecies. Caribou species worldwide face population declines, many of them with very little understanding. Alaska and Canada have seen reduced opportunity over the last decade.
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When & Where To Hunt

There are four(4) species currently hunted in North America (2018 is the last year for Quebec-Labrador Caribou hunts). Barren Ground (Alaska, Yukon, NWT), Central Canadian Barren Ground (NWT, Nunavut), Mountain (NWT, BC, Yukon), Woodland (Newfoundland). Some of the Arctic Caribou in Nunavut are considered Peary Caribou by SCI. Actual Reindeer hunts are offered along the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, Greenland and Iceland. Very limited reindeer/caribou hunting exists in Russia.

Caribou hunting across their northern range exists July to December, with August and September being the primary months. Bulls will be in velvet until late August or early September. A mature bull in velvet is an impressive trophy. If you want hard horn bulls plan on hunting September and later.

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What To Expect

Wet. Bugs. Wind. Not necessarily in that order. Caribou tend to live in wet country. Early season 'bou hunts will most certainly be heavy on the bug side. Later season hunts can experience colder weather and snow. Almost all the Alaskan, Northwest Territory, Yukon Territory and British Columbia hunts will be in mountainous terrain. Great physical conditioning is not mandatory on caribou hunts but it never hurts. Most mature bulls are fair size creatures and removing meat, hide and horns from the field is a daunting task. The Greenland and Iceland hunts are a little less demanding than North American hunts and a fantastic cultural experience.

While caribou hunting opportunities are slightly diminishing, prices are going up. We unfortunately don't expect this to change anytime soon.

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