Wolf Opportunities In Labrador


Published: October - 2000

Hunting Report subscribers looking to put a wolf into their trophy rooms have been overlooking an opportunity in Labrador, says correspondent Tim Jones, who just got back from a trip to that part of the world. He writes:

"Wolf hunting has long been available to nonresidents in Labrador, but to date almost no one has taken advantage of the opportunity. Why...? Largely because no outfitters have been promoting it. Perhaps that will change now that outfitter Wayne Watkins of Lobstick Lodge and Expeditions North, Inc. has decided to take out a limited number of hunters, albeit primarily as an add-on to his late season caribou hunts.

"Just be aware there's good news and bad news about the opportunity. The good news is, Labrador has an open season on wolves October 15 through April 30, and nonresidents can participate in the hunt simply by hiring an outfitter and buying a wolf tag ($250 Canadian, plus taxes). Also, according to my sources in the wildlife department up there, the wolf population is very high right now, thanks in large part to the huge caribou herds roaming Labrador and Quebec. Consequently, the odds of success on a wolf hunt are as high as they ever get. Which brings us to the bad news....

"There is no way to say this gently: wolves are a tough hunt. Even with wolf populations high, they are quite spread out and as highly migratory as the caribou they prey on. I've seen numbers of wolves in my travels in this country, (five this past September, including one huge, white pack leader) but never predictably. Most of the few wolves taken in the province each year are taken by resident trappers, who wait for a fresh, light snow, find a wolf track and follow it on a snow machine. Unfortunately, you could wait weeks for the right conditions to allow this kind of hunt.

"As for Watkins' wolf hunts, he is running 100 percent on them (one for one last year). His hunters fly commercial jet........(continued)

 
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