This Caribou Hunt Is A Real Discovery


Published: November - 2001

Picture this: A herd of 35,000 central Canada barren ground caribou living on a 100-square-mile island where they have no natural predators, lots of food and can't migrate out of the area. Add to that lots of mature, large bulls and you have a caribou hunting Shangri-la. That's exactly what subscriber Frank Daigle says he found on Southampton Island, where he hunted with E & E Tours this past August.

Located in the northern extreme of Hudson Bay, Southampton Island is home to a caribou herd that was mostly unavailable to anyone but the small population of Inuits living on the island. Then about three years ago, a bridge was built over one of the two rivers that split the island, making the hunting areas more accessible. That's when Luke Eetuk and Inuapik Ell, who live on Southampton in the town of Coral Harbour, created the outfitting company E & E Tours and established two remote camps in the tundra. They have since enjoyed a 100 percent success rate on large caribou bulls. And get this - they charge only $2,000 for a fully guided, five-day hunt for two trophy-class bulls.

The hunting here is classic spot and stalk. South Hampton Island is about 50 percent tundra plains with lots of creeks and lakes. The remainder of the island features steep hills and mountains strewn with rocks and boulders. While the hill country is accessible on foot, it's tough going. E & E uses ATVs to access vantage points where they know hunters can watch quantities of caribou funnel out of the hills and down into the tundra to feed. From there, they pick out the best-looking bull and make a stalk on foot. Daigle warns that hunters will see so many good animals that they may have difficulty deciding which bull to shoot. During the last day of his hunt, Daigle says he had to choose between 12 fine trophies.

Because these animals have not been hunted much, they are not as wary or spooky as those from other herds, and a hunter can........(continued)

 
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