Barren Ground Caribou: Is This Outfit No.1!


Published: December - 2006

Caribou offer one of the best hunts in North America. The country these animals wander around in is pristine; you get to see plenty of game animals; and, when you connect, a caribou is arguably the most striking mount in many trophy rooms.

There are several subspecies of caribou, of course, but the one I want to focus on here is the central Canada barren ground variety. And the outfitter I want to highlight is John and Anita Andre. These two have consistently produced good central barren ground bulls for their clients, and a significant number of huge bulls. In fact, they are responsible for more record book entries than any other caribou outfitter. A visit to their web site's photo gallery is a must for any avid trophy hunter. Further, over the years, they have produced an outstanding hunter success rate of 98.5 percent.

Clearly, hunting with this outfit is about as sure a thing as you can find in any fair chase hunt especially when you consider that caribou wander widely over a vast area and there is always the potential for bad weather in the far north.

The Andres purchased their main camps in the Northwest Territories from Fred Webb in 1999 and later added another outfit in 2003. Their hunting area now includes exclusive use of 6,000 square miles of prime caribou country. With three camps located strategically on huge lakes, hunting is conducted with the aid of 16-foot boats powered by outboard motors. The actual hunting is done on foot by climbing to vantage points and glassing the open tundra for the wandering caribou. It is not uncommon for hunters to travel 20 to 40 miles a day on the waterways, far more than you can cover on foot. This mobility is one of the reasons for their success. Many other outfits in eastern Canada and Alaska are hampered by the vagaries of the migration, or the limited distance a person can cover on foot out of a spike camp - the caribou are either there or........(continued)

 
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