This was a venture that was Fantastic and so well organized by Kuptana Outfitters of Holman David is truly a wonderful person, very kind, religious, non smoker smart and well organized. Just existing in Holman is a true adventure. The population is 450 NO roads in or out. It is 270 miles to the nearest town by boat in the summer or by dog sled in the winter.
Our camp was 80 miles over the Tundra each way by quad bike over the snow. The temperature was -30 and COLD, COLD, SNOWY AND WINDY. Often stuck in drifts, it was an adventure. I carried a .416 Ruger Bland Mauser Action rifle shooting 400 gr. North Fork soft point bullets.
There were about 25 animals in the heard. I made it to a rock for a rest. The shot was at 90 meters using a LEUPOLD VX 6 3 -12 illuminated scope which thankfully was affixed with QD mounts. The snow filled the lens nearly immediately. I simply removed the scope and used the open sights. Never measured the animal but it looked big to me and David said it was.
Oh, I found out also that Canada does not let you fly with spray gun Cleaner or Oil. I located the Police in Edmonton and gave it to them.
The animal was brought to 90 meters from Camp where it was skinned and prepared. The next morning there was a huge bloody black wolf having breakfast. It would have been a simple shot but I did not spend the $120.00 Canadian for the license. I just did not want to shoot a wolf.
The musk ox was packed in a piece of Tupperware placed in the Edmonton Sheraton Airport Hotel for two days, well frozen, checked in at US Customs and Immigration at Edmonton where it showed up at Wilkes Barre PA.
I do not know if you know anyone interested but David advised that March is about a 100% lock on the opportunity for a musk ox and wolf.
There are two RCMP stationed at Holman. They were great and having served got on well. They advised that the major problem in this truly isolated community is booze, legal but number one is drugs. There is only one flight a week in or out weather permitting.
The only sad thing about the hunt was that Christa does not shoot but love being there and it was her idea to go there as she wanted me to shoot a musk ox and she could see the Northern Lights. It snowed and was cloudy every day.