Found! Great Hunt For Barren Ground Caribou


Published: March - 2002

Hunters interested in a true wilderness hunting experience and the opportunity to take trophy-class central barren ground caribou should look at a place about 100 miles from the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territories. It's called Camp Ekwo. I hunted here last August with Moises Rabesca of Rabesca's Resources. He operates a caribou camp near Humpy Lake, which lies 160 miles northeast of Yellowknife, above the tree line in barren ground country. This is a unique part of the world, where a myriad of lakes funnel the migrating caribou through Rabesca's hunting area.

A member of the Dogrib Indian tribe, Rabesca has access to an area that was traditionally used by the tribe for hunting and fishing. When he decided to start his caribou operation, he went to the tribal elders for permission to set up shop. They suggested he operate at Humpy Lake and gave him full access. This area is not in any conflict with the tribe's main hunting areas. It is a place where you won't see any hunters other than those in your party.

Since starting his operation, Rabesca's hunters have managed to take many trophy bulls, quite a few of them B & C-class animals. The trophy quality I saw was nothing short of spectacular. My brother-in-law and I took four bulls that we green-scored in the field at 419, 390, 350 and 335. The minimum score to make B & C is 345. Over a dozen bulls currently listed in the B & C record book came from Humpy Lake, including the current number one and two ranking bulls, which respectively scored 433 4/8 and 426 1/8.

A hunt at Camp Ekwo begins with an orientation program on the day you arrive. Because you can't hunt for 12 hours after flying in anyway, this isn't a problem. Orientation is conducted at a place they call Grand Daddy's Rock, a plateau-like area littered with huge boulders and rocks. From here, you can spot for caribou and grizzlies in the distance. Rabesca reviews safety rules and what you........(continued)

 
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