After the South Nahanni area was sold, I went back to Quebec where I had previously operated Quebec-Labrador caribou hunts. That's where I started my company called High North Outfitting, and that is where most hunters learned about me.
During the five years I spent in the Northwest Territories, I down- sized my caribou operation. Well, I have now rebuilt that business and am again taking eight hunters per group on fully serviced 2 x 1 guided hunts. I am up to seven groups per season, beginning in mid-August and running through the end of September.
The early caribou hunts are great for hunters who have school-aged sons or daughters, or work commitments that don't allow them to hunt later in the season. There have always been lots of caribou around my camp at that time of year, ranging from cows and calves up to B & C-size bulls.
Having run caribou hunts now for close to 25 years I have never fallen into the trap of trying to run a high-volume operation. By sticking to one camp, I am able to be a hands-on operator, as well as guide on a daily basis. My personal approach has generated a lot of repeat business. Many of my hunters come back every two to three years, and I have one group that will be coming on its sixth consecutive hunt this coming September.
I am still packaging my hunts inclusive from Montreal. That means the commercial flight out of Montreal is included, as well as charters in and out of camp, caribou license, trophy prep, meat packaging and taxes. The all-in cost is $5,995, and........(continued)