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CourtJester 02-01-2014 11:07 PM

Hunting Canada
 
I've been looking for info on hunting caribou (or about anything else for that matter) in Canada but canít find anything but info for guided hunts. A caribou with them runs $5,000 to $8,000. WTF??? That canít be the only way to hunt. I donít mind shelling out a few grand for my two sons to hunt but there has to be a do-it-yourself guide out there somewhere.
Driving from Michigan. Getting two kids and at least two fire arms into Canada. Getting a hunting license for at least two kids; maybe me, shooting some larger critters, and getting said critters over the boarder back into Michigan.
Any links or info anyone could offer would be stellar.

Axxe55 02-01-2014 11:11 PM

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Originally Posted by CourtJester (Post 1496371)
I've been looking for info on hunting caribou (or about anything else for that matter) in Canada but canít find anything but info for guided hunts. A caribou with them runs $5,000 to $8,000. WTF??? That canít be the only way to hunt. I donít mind shelling out a few grand for my two sons to hunt but there has to be a do-it-yourself guide out there somewhere.
Driving from Michigan. Getting two kids and at least two fire arms into Canada. Getting a hunting license for at least two kids; maybe me, shooting some larger critters, and getting said critters over the boarder back into Michigan.
Any links or info anyone could offer would be stellar.

i would contact some Canadian game outfitters and see what it takes to get the ball rolling. since now you have to have a passport to get into Canada, it may be harder to get guns across the border to hunt with. hunters may rent or borrow guns from outfitters now instead of taking their own across the border.

wish i could have been more help.

hardluk1 02-04-2014 07:41 PM

I few buddies went to upper sashatchewan this year. Deer that were seen were monsters overall but the owner gave them the option before hand say'n that Canada as a hole has had a couple years of awful weather with some major game die offs. The carabou herds where heavily killed back too. Snow was so deep deer were simply snowed in and died were they were .

The carabou info is easy to find if you look. This page-
http://www.bing.com/search?q=%20carabou%20die%20offs

Check out some deer on the site below , Buck Paradise Outfitters. My buddy Bob killed a 350 pound deer there and it was only one of two seen in a week. 2 others saw nothing and a 3rd guy, Keith kill the only deer he saw. It was the end of november and temps were between -35* and -50*. Cold enough.


This is Bobs deer- http://buckparadise.com/gallery3/index.php/2013-Whitetail-Season/Bob-Wood-Buck-2013

My buddies advise was to wait a couple years to see how the deer and caribou rebond before planning a trip. I have been up there a couple times but Bob has been for the last 10 years. Not next year. Back to usa hunting.

For whats its worth they all fly in there own rifles with no issues. The flight out of the northern us into Canada are always 95% hunters. They had only 4 non hunters on there flight and they were locals.

DrumJunkie 02-04-2014 08:13 PM

Never hunted Canadians..They good eatin'?

John_Deer 02-04-2014 09:40 PM

I spent a small fortune on a guided elk hunt back in the 80s. It was worth every penny. At the time my only hunting experience was driving deer with dogs. The guide had a plane. He flew us into the mountains in an hour. If I had made the trip on horseback it would have taken a couple days and I would have needed the national guard to rescue my stupid ass.

CourtJester 02-05-2014 12:23 AM

Good info all and thanks for the links.
I'm interested in others input as well. Keep them coming.


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TerryM 02-05-2014 02:41 AM

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Originally Posted by DrumJunkie (Post 1498626)
Never hunted Canadians..They good eatin'?

I hear you can bait them with Molson Ale :D

yazul42 02-05-2014 11:57 AM

Labatt's Blue works better,,,, When my father was alive, we leased 3 lots from Algoma properties up in Ontario for a very decent yearly rate, you could put up a camp,, cabin to us Yanks,, and improve the land pretty much any way you saw fit. We were on Lake Anjigami,, between Hawk Junction and Chapeleau,, you had to buy a non-resident license but could hunt anywhere in the district that your lease was located without an outfitter. My father and brother both took moose, I never got any shots during those years, but we caught lots of fish, took many grouse, etc. I do not know if that policy is still in effect. That could be an option you my want to check out. Algoma owns most of Ontario it seems except for Crown land, we were lucky,, we met some outstanding folks there that ran a sawmill and they helped us a great deal with putting in a road, timber needs, getting in touch with the proper people at the Ministry on legal and banking matters, etc. Good luck.

WebleyFosbery38 02-05-2014 12:04 PM

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Originally Posted by DrumJunkie (Post 1498626)
Never hunted Canadians..They good eatin'?

They taste like chicken from what Ive heard!

Rocky7 02-08-2014 03:52 AM

There's not much you'll be able to hunt without a guide - in western Canada, anyway. I don't know anything about the East and don't care to.

The western Outfitters associations donate to political parties and have lobbied hard and successfully to protect their financial interests in every province; more successfully in B.C. probably.

It's not just Americans, either. I live in Alberta. I cannot get a sheep tag in B.C. unless I hire a B.C. outfitter. Caribou might not be that protected but it wouldn't surprise me.

Outfitters flat-out buy tags for moose, elk, sheep here in AB and then use them to charge foreigners to hunt. Meanwhile, I am going into year 7 trying to get drawn for a moose tag in the area I hunt. :mad:

Anyway, there's more Mountain Caribou in B.C. than anywhere else in Canada, I believe. Here's a link to info on hunting in B.C.:

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wildlife/hunting/regulations/

It's a lot to wade through. One thing I disliked when I lived in B.C. was that they have a zillion tiny hunting zones and it's a nuisance keeping track of it all.

One of these years, I want to hire an outfitter. The idea of somebody putting up my camp, cooking for me, washing the dishes, doing all the scouting and then gutting/skinning my animal sounds downright sinful.

As hardluk1 says, we've had some miserable winters and this one has been a doozy. Lots of snow and cold as he!!. The wife saw 4 moose at the end of the driveway yesterday and there's more and more deer hanging around the roads where they can walk. They look thin and hungry. Poor buggers. Now the coyotes will find it easier to kill the deer. In the mountains, wolves will take many ungulates....then bears in the spring. Yeah, it could be tough hunting for a while. I'd guess we'll see more and more areas with limited hunting this fall - here and B.C. and SK. Not sure about MB. Like I said, I don't pay attention to anything east of MB - all of that's outside the fence as far as I'm concerned.


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