Self-Guided Hunt For Caribou In Canada


Published: March - 2003

On the subject of self-guided hunts, subscriber Gary Derrick has filed a report on a late-season, do-it-yourself hunt for caribou in Quebec. He arranged the trip through a company called Northern Caribou Adventures, which runs a hunting camp near the town of Radisson, Quebec, about 1,000 miles due north of Alexander Bay. Northern Caribou Adventures controls 200,000 square miles of the hunting lands surrounding the camp and provides hunters with accommodations, land access and some limited assistance with the hunting. Derrick hunted here this past November, and estimates seeing 2,000 to 5,000 caribou a day.

Derrick reports that the hunting was not difficult, because hunters could drive into the hunting areas and walk in from the road. Once an animal was down, he says the folks who ran the camp were willing to come retrieve it if the hunter needed assistance. As for costs, Derrick says he paid only $1,000 for four days of hunting and accommodations, plus another $220 for licenses.

He does warn of several problems, however. First, he says many of the bulls had already dropped their antlers by the date of his hunt. Despite that, he says he was able to take a good "mountable" bull. Another problem was the behavior of some of the hunters in the field. Seems some of them apparently left animals that had been shot, presumably because they saw a better bull afterwards or because the animal could not be retrieved easily. He also reports seeing a number of wounded animals that had not been followed up. All of this occurred despite a heavy presence of law enforcement officers patrolling the area. In spite of these unpleasant aspects, Derrick recommends the hunt for its low cost, for the exposure it provides to an abundance of animals and for the friendliness of the people running the camp.

(Postscript: It is worth noting that Derrick advises anyone going on this hunt to bring lots of drinking water, as there was none available at the camp. Ditto for gas, which he says was very expensive when he could find........(continued)

 
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