|Outfitter Critique: A 2012 Quebec Caribou Hunt with Ungava Adventures
By Rob Cochrane
Sammy Cantafio of Ungava Adventures runs a great operation. We were greeted at our hotel in Montreal and instructions were given to all hunters as to what to expect and what would happen with meat, capes, and antlers when we were ready to head back to Montreal. We were again met at the airport in Kuujjuaq by Sammy himself, and he again filled us in on what to expect for the rest of our trip to camp, and some tips on the hunting and fishing we were about to experience. Camp was well laid out. Cabins were warm and dry; there was lots of room. Meals were very hearty, and the home baking and fresh baked bread probably had something to do with me gaining six pounds during the hunt. My guide was very good at what he did. Put us on caribou, caped and de-boned an animal like he could do it in his sleep, and packed all to the boat. We almost had to fight him to let us carry anything. He also got us into some of the best brook trout fishing anyone could ask to experience. I would not hesitate to return to Sammy's Charlie Lake camp for another taste of the Arctic.
I shot my dream caribou. Even made the guide squeal in delight when he saw it. Brook trout fishing was incredible and ptarmigan hunting was also a great way to spend some down time. After the food, the best thing about the whole trip was being able to have a hot shower whenever you wanted. No water out of a bag in the bush, but a real hot water shower (propane hot water tank) and flush toilets. How good is that for out in the middle of nowhere in the Arctic?
I have been on a fair number of hunts, and this one was about the most relaxed atmosphere hunt I have been a part of. That, added to the fact I love the Arctic, pretty much has me thinking of a return visit. There was another Ontario hunter in camp who was making his sixth trip to Sammy's camp, and he booked for the following year before he left. I now know why. Great outfit, great camp and great people in camp. The caribou and brookies were just the icing on the cake.