An American Hunter Reports On An Arctic Hunt for Walrus


Published: October - 2011

We get very few reports on walrus hunts, despite the controlled hunting offered for them by Inuit guides. The reason is likely to be the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which bans the importation of walrus tusks into the US. But in our May 2011 issue (see Report 8148 in our database), New Zealander Glen Steen reported on an exciting Atlantic walrus hunt near Coral Harbor, Nunavut, Canada. Steen saw pods of walrus numbering 300 animals or more before taking a bull with 19.6-inch tusks. His walrus measured over 10½ feet in length with a girth of more than nine feet. (See photo at http://www.huntingreport.com/trophy_gallery_list_species_details.cfm?id=583) Steen, of course, was able to take his trophy home. Now we have another report detailing an extraordinary walrus hunt for an American hunter. Subscriber William Bricker just returned from a six-day hunt in Igloolik, Nunavut, with Canada North Outfitting (905-854-4868) booked through Jeff Neal, Inc. (918-299-3580). Bricker reports taking a bull with 16½-inch tusks. (See photo at http://www.huntingreport.com/trophy_gallery_list_species_details.cfm?id=616) "Just seeing those big, beautiful animals up close and personal was worth it," Bricker says. "This was just a great hunt, regardless of whether you can bring the tusks back or not." Bricker tells us his was a first-rate hunt in every sense of the word. "The Igloolik villagers were so friendly," he says. "On two separate occasions, I had kids come up to me to welcome me and thank me for coming to their village. And the guides really knew their stuff. Very professional." The hunt was conducted spot-and-stalk, using open boats. Guides motor slowly through the ice floes searching for bulls. Once they locate a suitable bull, the guides maneuver the boat as close to the walrus as the ice will allow. "We traveled 52 miles on the second day of my hunt and saw plenty of walrus," says Bricker, "but I didn't get mine until late in the day." Shot placement is extremely important, and for that reason Bricker suggests hunters bring a heavy-caliber rifle with which they are familiar and proficient. "The first shot has to anchor the walrus to keep him from escaping into the sea," he explains. "I........(continued)
 
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