Post-Drawing Hunts - Nunuvat


Published: July - 2002

This is the second part of my three-part series on booking agents who still have openings left for prime hunting opportunities. This month, I contacted three agents in all, each of whom provided recommendations for two hunts.

The first I contacted was Bob Dunn of Dunn's Sport Hunting. He suggested a hunt for a species we don't hear much about. It's for mainland muskox and central Canadian barren ground caribou. The hunt takes place in Nunuvat in an area that has never been hunted, Dunn says, except by the Inuits themselves. Besides being new, this hunt is unusual in several other ways. For one thing, it takes place between August 22nd and September 18th, when the temperatures range from 38 degrees to the mid-40s, with only a chance for snow. So, if you're one of those sportsmen who has shied away from hunts in the far north because of sub-zero cold, this is your opportunity to take a muskox in more comfortable conditions.

Another plus for this hunt is you don't take one of those long snowmobile rides that beat your insides to jelly. Instead, you travel by boat from the village of Gjoa Haven on King William Island and cross the Gulf of Bothia to arrive at Chantilly Inlet. Hunting is by spot-and-stalk, with transportation by either boat or quad. Still, you need to be capable of a fair bit of walking.

As for trophy quality, Dunn expects both species to be exceptional. This outfitter also hunts caribou farther south where 60 percent of the bulls killed score 360 B & C points or better. He expects equal quality from this new area. As for the muskox, he says that killing a 120 B & C bull is possible. These are excellent scores considering that the B & C Awards minimum for central Canadian barren ground caribou is 345 points, and the all-time minimum is 360 points. For the muskox, the B & C Awards and All-Time minimums are 105 points.

What makes this hunt even more........(continued)

 
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