A friend and I drove directly to the camp, which is about 1,200 miles north of the St. Lawrence River bridge at Alexandria Bay, New York. The roadway is two-lane through some very beautiful country. There was virtually no traffic once we got 100 miles north of Ottawa. The land surrounding Nouchimi is mostly public wilderness area. To go hunting each morning, we simply got up and drove to the hunting area each day, based on the advice of camp owner and manager John Pash. We would park our truck and still-hunt the lake shorelines and spruce woods. While there is some tundra here, there are many wooded areas where the caribou can be found and stalked. We saw thousands of caribou. On average, we saw about 200 cows, calves and young bulls for every mature bull.
At the time of year this hunt is available, the very largest bulls have shed their antlers, we were told. Nonetheless, we took our time looking over the many caribou we saw, and were delighted with the antlers on the four bulls we tagged. The larger of my two bulls has considerable top mass, double shovels, long main beams and 19 points per side. The smaller bull is nearly as large but has a single large shovel. My friend's bulls were comparable.
While we chose to hunt on our own, you can hire a Cree guide for only $80 to $100 a day. These individuals have lived........(continued)