New SCI World Record Arctic Island Caribou Taken


Published: April - 2010

Wildlife artist and Hunting Report subscriber Rick Taylor has taken the new SCI World Record Arctic Island Caribou, also called Peary caribou. The trophy was officially scored by SCI officials at the convention in Reno and measured a whole 27 inches more than the previous record. Ironically, Taylor almost didn't bother having it scored; in fact, the entire hunt was somewhat serendipitous.

Seems Taylor went on this hunt when a friend who had booked the hunt for himself two years prior could not go due to some surgery. He called Taylor and convinced him to go on the hunt instead. Later, he only had his caribou scored after his friend saw photos of the trophy and insisted. "He said it would score in the Top 10 and sent me the forms," says Taylor. The initial but unofficial score put the caribou at the same score as the then-current world record. Taylor's friend encouraged him to take the trophy for official scoring at the SCI convention, where a panel declared it the new world record with a final score of 416 4/8 SCI. The previous world record scored 389.

Taylor hunted on Victoria Island in Nunavut, with Kevin Evetaligak of the Ekaluktutiak Hunters and Trappers Organization, booking agent Canada North Outfitting. He says they used a cabin about 10 miles out of Cambridge Bay as a base camp and traveled out each day using a snowmobile pulling a sled. He says this was actually the most dangerous part of the hunt because the driver of the snowmobile can lose control of the sled on a stop or turn. He says one of the other hunters there was thrown into a snow bank, where he injured his teeth and gums in the wreck. To his credit, Taylor says, he got stitched up in town and headed back out to take a caribou.

Taylor reports the caribou hunting success there is a matter of timing, depending on the animals' movement to the south end of Victoria Island. During his hunt he saw lots of game. In fact, he........(continued)

 
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