Nunavut Territory Polar Bear Hunting

Outfitter #062
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March 1 to May 31 is the date range that Spring Hunts occur. Exact starting dates are negotiable with Arctic air travel flight schedules taken into consideration, and are covered in each client’s hunting contract.

August 1 to the first week of November are their Late Summer – Early Fall Hunts

Note: If extra hunting days are needed, to a maximum of 5, they will be at the additional cost of $1,000 CAD per day payable directly to your guide.

This outfitter is the longest operating outfitting company in Nunavut offering the very finest in polar bear, Greenland and Barren-Ground Muskox, Central Canada Barren-Ground and Arctic Islands Caribou, Barren-Ground Grizzly and Atlantic Walrus hunts. Actually, this outfitter has pioneered polar bear hunts in the high arctic since 1981, and has maintained virtually 100% hunting success rate for the Resolute area.

Hunting is done from camps situated in prime areas that may be up to 100 miles from the village of Resolute. Muskox are found south of Resolute and can be hunted after a polar bear hunt as well. All of their hunts are normally 10 days long on a 1 on 1 guide ratio (one guide and dog team to every one hunter) or 2 on 2 guide ratio if you choose to do so. The hunt ends when a polar bear is harvested, even if this happens in the first day or two.

Canada’s Arctic is home to about 15,500 polar bears, consisting of two thirds of the world population. Canada is a proven world leader in the management, research, monitoring and conservation of polar bears and since 1975, the polar bear population has actually increased in Canada. Polar bears are long lived and wide ranging carnivores, with seals serving as their primary food source.

Canada’s management system is designed to respond to the full suite of threats to polar bears and their conservation, including climate change. A sustainable harvest is implemented through agreements and quotas, involving local people and governments have been in place in Canada since the 1970’s. Harvest quotas are based on the principles of conservation and aboriginal subsistence hunting, and are not market-driven whatsoever. The actual harvest level of polar bears is often less than established quotas.

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Pricing Details

Price upon request individual quotes. Polar Bear or Polar Bear/Walrus combination hunts are availalbe. Contact WTA for pricing and dates.

License & Tag(s) Cost (approximate)

HARVEST LICENSE & TAG FEES:
The Government of Nunavut fees for a foreign non-resident harvest license and tags are as follows:

  • Harvesting License $ 63.00
  • Polar Bear Tag $1,312.50

The government trophy fee is $750 to $1500 CAD plus applicable taxes. The export permit, currently free, is issued once the government trophy fee is paid.

Government fees are subject to change without notice

In the event that the outfitter cannot obtain a tag for the client to hunt polar bear, all monies paid for the polar bear hunt will be returned to the client in full. Another option would be to roll over the monies collected as a deposit towards a different year with price adjustments if applicable.

Inclusions

  • The services of an experienced Inuit polar bear guide with a dog team throughout the duration of the hunt; assistant guide with snowmobile and field preparation of the trophy
  • All ground transportation from the village to the hunting area
  • The cost for a non-hunting companion includes all items as above except that he/she will have only one guide and transport will be on sled drawn by snowmobile unless otherwise arranged

Exclusions

  • All travel arrangements from the client’s home to the commercial airport in Cambridge Bay including meals and hotel rooms. Hotel rooms in Cambridge Bay (first and last night) are to be pre-paid
  • Harvest license, tag and species authorization surcharge fees
  • Gratuities to guides
  • Canadian Firearms Import License at a cost of $25 CAD issued by Canada Customs upon entering Canada; • General Administration Fee of $150 USD
  • Arctic Flight Booking Fee of $170 USD (includes a one-time itinerary change)
  • Arctic Wildlife Research Fund of $250 USD
  • Sleeping bag, personal clothing and toiletries
  • Archery equipment, guns and ammunition
  • Excess airline baggage fees
  • Packing and shipping of the trophy
  • Taxidermy fees
  • Cancellation and trip interruption insurance
  • Visitor to Canada Health or Medical Emergency Insurance
  • Federal and Provincial Government sales taxes wherever applicable
  • Hotel and meals in the gateway city or any Inuit community before and after the hunt
  • Any additional hotel costs and meals due to delays caused by flight cancellations or delays due to any reason in surface transfers to camps by boat, snowmobile or any other conveyance that are beyond the control of Canada North Outfitting and its associates
  • Rental of down filled parkas and bib overalls $450 USD
  • Rental of a scoped firearm that has been sighted in several days prior to the hunt $450 USD
  • Bank wire fees – A one-time fee of $40 USD will be applied to your invoice at time of booking if this method of payment is selected

Note: There is a 50% refund on the 5% Federal Goods and Services Sales tax (GST) to foreign non-residents of Canada applicable only on the hunt cost

Accommodations

Hunting is carried out on the sea ice in prime areas that may be up to 160 kilometers from any one of the Inuit communities. Mobile tent camps are set up nightly after each day’s hunting activities.

Accommodations vary throughout the hunt. The following types of accommodations are used at different times.

  • Arctic cabins
  • Arctic Tents
  • Hotels/Motels

Transportation

Travel to Edmonton, Alberta and then to Cambridge Bay. From Cambridge Bay, all travel is taken care of by the outfitter.

Hunting is carried out on the sea ice in prime areas that may be up to 160 kilometers from any one of the Inuit communities. Mobile tent camps are set up nightly after each day’s hunting activities.

Additional Info

SEAL HUNTING:
This is a polar bear hunt. Hunting of seals during or after a polar bear hunt may be possible at the guide’s discretion and arranged by the client with his guides. The client must first obtain a seal license for $5 CAD at the wildlife office. However, sealskins or any by-product thereof are not importable into the United States or Mexico and other foreign clients should check import laws of their own country.

TROPHY SHIPMENT:
We can recommend any number of Canadian taxidermists to prep hides for export to the client’s country or do the complete work. The Canadian taxidermist will obtain the proper CITES export documentation.

SPECIAL NOTE – REPEAT HUNT:
In the event that a polar bear is not taken during the scheduled 10 day hunt, the client has the option of returning for another 10 day hunt before May 31st, which is the end of the prime season.

Hunt Style

Physical Level:

Easy: Somewhat easy walking when it comes to physicality. Minimal walking or hiking and terrain is very accessible. Mostly hunting from blinds or tree stands.

Moderate: Physicality is somewhat moderate to advanced. Spot and stalk method of hunting as well as some hunting from blinds. Terrain can vary from prairies to mountains at higher elevations.

Difficult: Requires an advanced degree of physical endurance. Terrain is typically more mountainous and hunting can take place at higher elevation.

Extreme: Most difficult and physically demanding hunts. Requires advanced to extreme endurance and terrain or game pursued may involve dangerous situations.

Extreme
APPROACH:
Spot and Stalk
Equipment:
ATV/UTV, Boat, Snowmobile

Trip Requirements

All participants must read rules and regulations pertaining to method of take and be within the state/country’s guidelines. WTA is not responsible for failure to meet any state/country requirements.
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