WOOD BISON HUNTING IN ALBERTA

Experience hunting giant, free-ranging wood bison in the spring near Wood Buffalo National Park in Northern Alberta! Here there are several native herds that have always existed in this remote corner of the province.  At 2600 lbs, these bulls rank as the largest hoofed animals in North America, and only second largest in the world after Asiatic water buffalo. This is a dangerous and remote hunt, preferably conducted in the spring, but winter hunts can also be arranged upon request. A second bison can be taken by any hunter for a trophy fee of only USD$3,000. Wolves can also be harvested at no charge under the authority of any unfilled bison tag. This is a demanding adventure hunt, offered on a limited basis. Hunters should be experienced and in good physical condition.  In addition, this species will soon be reclassified by SCI separate from Plains Bison increasing demand and reducing availability. There may be no other place in North America to hunt native, trophy free-ranging wood bison in their natural habitat!

ALBERTA BISON HUNTING

Spring  – Days start at 6 am, only getting dark at 11 pm. Using 4×4 ATVs or at times on Ski-Doo to access this remote country you can expect to cover as many as 50 miles in a day in search of bison. Our outfitter has over a decade of experience with high success rates. Temperatures are pleasant ranging from 45°F – 70°F, with frosty mornings and residual snow persisting (1-3 feet) in the early part of the season. Green up only begins in early to mid-June.  Expect long days in the field so bagged lunches are usually the norm while out hunting. It is exciting cutting a track and locating a herd of bison on the move! Typical shots are between 50 and 150 yards, with shot placement being extremely critical. Angry wounded bison will stalk and circle waiting for a perfect moment to charge. These bison are also known for “mobbing” a predator, all attacking together at once. When you consider these bison reach speeds of 60 km per hour, it is easy to see why they are dangerous to hunt, particularly in the winter while wearing snowshoes.

Winter – Only offered on a specific client by client basis, winter hunts are conducted from November to March (preferably February or March), in temperatures ranging from +10°F to -40°F. Early mornings under the northern lights make for hard work, short daylight hours, and an exhilarating experience overall. Depending on snow levels, transportation during hunts is either by ski-doo or 4×4 ATV’s. With temperatures hovering around the -40°F mark, winter hunts are dangerous in and of themselves, never mind the buffalo! Wood bison are most aggressive when wounded or upon being attacked and threatened.

Deep snow makes any retreat on snowshoes very difficult. Primary reasons for offering a winter hunt is for select hunters desiring a winter wood bison cape only, as well as increased odds at connecting with a prime pelted wolf. More hunting effort is usually required so winter packages are 9 days rather than 6 days, offered at USD$15000. Nothing is more fulfilling however.

Fall – A good alternative to the above options is a fall hunt. Limited to one week in October, we conduct these hunts for those seeking excellent capes under fair but cool weather. Pricing and hunting techniques do not differ at all form spring hunts. These hunts are very limited so please inquire for details or availability.

Bonus Wolf Hunting – This package provides opportunities to harvest wolves, both as a specifically targeted animal or as a target of opportunity while hunting wood bison. Hunters may shoot a wolf under the authority of their unfilled bison tag(s). Once tagged out however, a $4,000 trophy fee applies to wolf hunting. Success rates are good, with some hunting conducted directly over the freshly harvested bison carcasses. The best hunting tends to be in the winter months when wolf pelts are also at their most prime during

Conditions and Setting

Spring in Canada’s boreal forest is a beautiful time and place. Black spruce dominates upland areas, and the willows, alders, and tamarack establish the lower, wetter spots. Cool nights and morning frosts should be expected, which generally eliminates biting insects this time of year. Expect temperatures to range from 45°F to 70°F, but colder or warmer conditions and stormy weather could always be possible. Some years snow persists in the season, other years can be wet.  The majority of each day will be spent traveling small trails and glassing open areas from high spots in strategic locations while searching for a trophy wood bison.

Winter in the boreal forest, is cold, dark, quiet with a sense of loneliness. Hunts are conducted anytime from November to March, in temperatures ranging from +10°F to 40°F, with lows in the -30’s. Depending on snow levels which can be anywhere from 3-8 feet deep, transportation during this hunt can be either be ski-doo or 4×4 ATVs. Daylight is a factor to consider however, with 7 hours in November, 5 hours in December, 6 hours in January, 8 hours in February, and 10 hours in March.

WOOD BISON HUNT ACCOMMODATIONS

This hunt is typically conducted from lodge style facilities for the spring hunts, but at times hotels or bed and breakfasts are used, depending on the location of the Bison. To access and hunt some of the very remote regions, tent camps are also used.  Accommodations during the winter hunt are Bed and Breakfast style hotels or motels, so as to be within daily striking distance of the Wood Bison herds at that time of the year.  

Getting There

The majority of the hunts are based out of High-Level Alberta or Fort Smith NWT, both of which are both accessible by road or smaller commuter airlines. The best jump-off point is Edmonton Alberta, where connecting flights to High Level can be booked with either Northwestern Airlines (http://nwal.ca/) at 1 877-872-2216 or Central Mountain Air (https://flycma.com/) at 1 888-865-8585. Flights are typically 1 hour 40 minutes. Should you wish to drive, the High Level is approximately 9 hours north of Edmonton. Should your hunt be based out of Fort Smith NWT, the best option is to book flights seeing as the drive from Edmonton is roughly 16 hours.  At this point the outfitter will greet you and take you to your accommodations near the hunting area.

Getting Meat and Trophies Home

This population is separated both genetically & geographically from the American Plains Bison, being a far larger animal with an isolated population. Within the next two years SCI will designate them a separate species which will place the hunt in higher demand to collector hunter, which will increase the demand and reduce availability. If you have ever been interested in experiencing this hunt, now is an excellent time to take advantage. These Wood Bison however do not qualify for B&C because of the 3 to 5% genetic contribution with Plains Bison, and so, Alberta does not recognize them as a recognized species, which some might agree is surprising. The fact that they are not technically 100% pure endangered Wood Bison, makes them fully exportable to the US and bypasses all the CITES red tape however.

Despite not falling under CITES stipulations directly, there is a bit of administration on the Alberta side of things, and below is an explanation of the process.

Technically these bison do not need a CITES permit, and instead the Alberta government provides the outfitter with a letter addendum which qualifies the application with CITES. What this means however is that the hide, skull, and meat must remain in Canada until the paperwork clears and Alberta Conservation officers affix the letter and a metal tag to your Bison. At this point it will be cleared by the US Fish and Wildlife inspectors and can enter the United States. This process is done mainly through the taxidermist in Alberta in conjunction with the outfitter after you have left from your hunt. The whole process should take about a month or two. Please know there is no tedious importation paperwork required on the part of the hunter for this process however. The taxidermist and outfitter take care of the majority of the administration. The skulls are huge and using beetles simple takes too long so they must be boiled. Meanwhile the hides are very thick which lengthens tanning/processing times. They are simply huge animals.

Pricing

$10,000: 6-Day 1×1 Spring Hunt for trophy Wood Bison May/June -2016/17/18.  A 2nd Bison trophy fee only USD$3500. Wolf can be added for $USD4000 or hunted at NO CHARGE with any unfiled bison tag

$15,000: 9-Day 1×1 Winter Hunt for trophy Wood Bison February/March -2016/17/18.  A 2nd Bison trophy fee only USD$3500. Wolf can be added for $USD4000 or hunted at NO CHARGE with any unfiled bison tag

Non-hunting Observers welcome for a daily rate of $150.00 per person

$100 Albert Hunting license and $50 per Wolf tag

Included

~ Round trip transportation to and from the airport in either High-Level Alberta or Fort Smith NWT
~ All vehicle transportation while in the hunting area, and during hunt
~ 1×1 professional guiding
~ All accommodations and meals during hunt
~ Bonus wolf hunting opportunities at no charge with any unfilled Wood Bison license
~ Field dressing, capeing and trophy care of bison and prep for the taxidermist
~ Meat preparation, wrapping and bagging for home

Not included in the cost

~ Government Taxes (5% Goods and Service Tax)
~ Tags or Licensing,
~ Tips and gratuities,
~ Pre and post-trip accommodations and travel
~ Shipping, crating and handling of trophy to the taxidermist

ROCKY MOUNTAIN BIGHORN SHEEP HUNTING

Terms:  Global Sporting Safaris accepts payment by business check and personal check, as well as by Bitcoin. American Express, Visa, and MasterCard credit card payments are also accepted, but they do incur a surcharge of 3.5% in addition to the price listed in our Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Hunting trips above.

A 50% deposit is required upon booking to reserve your spot.  In some cases, we can split your deposit into 3 payments, please inquire. Global Sporting Safaris will provide a Disclaimer & Waiver of Liability which must be sighed and returned.  All hunts are in U.S. dollars. The final 50% payment is due no less than 75 days prior to your hunt date. Trips booked within 75 days of arrival require payment in full. The total costs of the hunt are fixed. There will be no refunds for any hunter leaving early.   See our Terms & Conditions for further details.

Our Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep hunts have never been better. Book your hunt soon to get the time slot you’re looking for!

ONTARIO CANADA TURKEY HUNTING

Please contact the following GSS Hunting Consultant
any questions on this destination:

PHIL WILSON

Toll-free:
888-850-4868, Ext. 712
Cell:
807-633-5593
Email:
Phil@GSSafaris.com

NUNAVUT MUSK OX, CARIBOU AND GRIZZLY BEAR HUNTS

NUNAVUT HUNTING DESCRIPTION

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Experience hunting majestic hers of Barren Ground Musk Ox, Central Barren Ground Caribou, or Barren Ground Grizzly in the harsh, but breathtaking, arctic Nunavut Territory!  Our reputable has produced has produced a reliable track record of both success rates and trophy quality over the past few seasons.  Over 50% of our Musk Ox bulls qualify as B & C Record Book animals!  Musk Ox options range from Spring hunts in late April, to fair weather Fall hunts in late August/early September.  Consider combining these Fall Musk Ox hunts with Central Barren Ground Caribou.  The outfitter has recently added Spring Barren Ground Grizzly Hunts, which have proven to be unique, exciting and successful!  Opportunities for wolves exist on all hunts with the only extra cost of the tag!  Baker Lake, Nunavut is the gateway city for these hunts, with hunters only being required to get themselves to Winnipeg, Manitoba (Grizzly hunters are required to arrive in Baker Lake).  This fact alone makes these hunts with our premier outfitter that much more affordable and hassle-free.

BARREN GROUND MUSK OX HUNTS

In the bulk of our hunting areas, the landscape is huge, flat, and open, much like a moonscape.  Game is often spotted from great distances and the final approaches are on foot, employing classic spot & stalk hunting strategies.  Musk Ox may at times see you coming, but with many animals on the landscape, and the wind in y our favor, the herds tend to be comfortable enough to offer hunters an approximate 200-300 yard comfort berth.  Here rifle hunts have been very effective, and these hunts have sported a near 100% success rate.  Our Fall Musk Ox hunts take place in a nearby area with more topography and vegetation, making this option more conducive to archery hunting.

Snow is still present during the Spring Musk Ox hunts, and each hunter has his own snowmobile for the duration of the trip with which to navigate the terrain.  Fall Musk Ox hunts will use ATV’s and boats, as well as a good pair of boots to help the hunter maneuver the landscape and search for Trophy Musk Ox.

Musk Ox Hunts (Spring or Fall) are all-inclusive 7-day adventures, including 5 full days of hunting.  Hunts are $13,500 p+ taxes and include all tags and trophy fees.  Departure city is Winnipeg, MB.  Spring hunts are guided 2 x 2, while Fall hunts are guided 1 x 1.  Spring hunts begin April 18th, while Fall hunts start on August 23rd.

CENTRAL CANADA BARREN GROUND CARIBOU/MUSK OX HUNT COMBO

On our Fall Musk Ox hunts, you are sure to see Caribou, so combining the two species has become increasingly popular.  The combo option allows you to add a Caribou.  The dates for the combo is during the 2nd hunt (August 29-September 4) to ensure the Caribou antlers, while still in velvet, will have hardened.  The Combo upgrade to include Caribou is only $1,000 and certainly an excellent value at $14,500 for 5 days of 1 x 1 guiding.  This price includes tags and trophy fees for 1 Musk Ox and 1 Caribou but is subject to 2.5% government taxes.

Central Barren Ground Caribou – Our fly-in Caribou camp is located in Southern Nunavut, immediately North of Manitoba.  It is situated on an expansive lake, that allows the guides to cover large areas by boat and on foot.  On this hunt, you may harvest up to two bulls.  As with all our Nunavut hunts, the opportunities for wolf exists, for just the cost of the tag.  Fishing for Lake Trout, Northern Pike, and Grayling are also available for the cost of the license.  Hunters are required to get themselves to Thompson, Manitoba to catch the charter flight into Caribou camp.  The cost for this 7 day adventure (5 full days of hunting) is $9195 + tax (2.5%) +tags ($450 each).

BARREN GROUND GRIZZLY HUNTS

Another exciting Northern hunt is for the recently opened eastern sub-arctic varieties of Barren Ground Grizzly.  Average bears are beautifully pelted and range for 6-9 feet, with recent success rates hovering around the 90% mark.  These Spring hunts occur between late April and early May, while there is still sufficient snow on the ground.  Temperatures are not necessarily cold, ranging from 0-20 degrees F.  Snowmobiles are used to cover the great expanses of territory a mature Grizzly may cover.  These 10-day adventures include 8 full days of 1 x 1 hunting out of Baker Lake.  Hunters should expect to spend several nights out on the land in search of their trophy Grizzly.  Prices on this rare opportunity are $13,500 + tax (2.5%) + tags/trophy fees ($1900).  Musk Ox can be added to this hunt for only $4000 plus tax and tag/trophy fee, making this an excellent Arctic Spring Combo!  As with all these hunts, the wolf can be added for the cost of the license ($170).

Setting & Conditions

As stated earlier, the primary Musk Ox hunting grounds are big, open, and seemingly endless.  The flat horizon meets the sky in all directions.  Vegetation as a whole is very limited.  It’s hard to believe that wildlife could survive here, but, they in fact thrive, being constructed perfectly to withstand the elements.  Expect to see a good number of Musk Ox, foxes, snowshoe hare, caribou, and wolves.  Scavengers such as ravens, eagles, and wolverines will also be present.  In late April, you will begin to see waterfowl and other varieties of migratory birds arriving.  Spring and fall in this area provide long days.  Temperatures on the April hunts will range from -5 to +15 Fahrenheit, and you should expect snow on the ground.  The late August hunts will see much more green and temperatures go from the low 30’s up to the mid-’40s.  With either hunt, hunters should pack with layering in mind in case of dramatic weather swings, ensuring you are ready for any situation during your hunt.

Hunting Accommodations

All Musk Ox and Grizzly hunters will stay in the hotel at Baker Lake.  Enjoy all the comforts and amenities that you would not expect to have on a typical Musk Ox hunt.  Wi-Fi, running water, hot showers, satellite TV, and many other comforts.  After a hot served breakfast, hunters strikeout every morning from this small, quintessential Inuit town by snowmobile, ATV, or boat in search of Musk Ox (and Caribou on the combo hunt).  At the end of the day, you will return to a hot meal served in the restaurant attached to the hotel.  Grizzly hunters should expect to spend several nights out on the land during their adventure.  Guides will supply arctic camping gear to provide safety and comfort for these nights on the tundra. Caribou hunters will stay in comfortable tent camps with wood floors and walls.  There is a main cabin with a common area for dining and includes indoor plumbing.  Caribou camp is complete with generator, propane heat, hot showers, and satellite phones to stay in contact in case of emergencies.

Getting There

This part of hunting Nunavut is surprisingly simple. Musk Ox hunters need only to get themselves to Winnipeg.  Grizzly hunters get themselves to Baker Lake – which is serviced by regional commercial airlines.  Caribou hunters need to arrive in Thompson, Manitoba, the evening before the hunt start date.

Getting Your Trophies Home

Musk Ox and Grizzly– Our outfitter will apply for the applicable export permits and have the trophies shipped to Winnipeg.  On average, the shipping of a Musk Ox hides from Baker Lake to Winnipeg will run $400 plus tax.  From there, the outfitters’ taxidermist will pick them up and contact the hunter for further direction.  Options may include having the work completed, crated and shipped to the hunter, or simply prepping and shipping the hide/horns to the hunters’ own taxidermist for completion.

Caribou – On our Caribou only hunts, your antlers (1 set will be split), capes, and meat will be flown back to Thompson with the hunters.  At that point, hunters may choose to leave them in Thompson for the outfitters’ taxidermist to pick up, or, for those hunters driving, continue on home with your trophies.  You will be provided with an export permit in camp.

Pricing

Spring or Fall Musk Ox Hunt (late April or late August)
5 days 2 x 2 (Spring) or 1 x 1 (Fall) hunting $13,500

Fall Musk Ox/Caribou Combo Hunt (x1 each)
5 days 1 x 1 hunting (late August to early September) $14,500

Fall Caribou Hunt (x2 each)
5 days 2 x 1 hunting (late August to late September) $9195

Spring Grizzly Hunt
8 days 1 x 1 hunting (April 30 to May 9) $13,500
Add on Musk Ox $4000 plus tag/tax

Tag Prices:

Musk Ox – Tag fee $550, HTO fee $450
Grizzly – Tag fee $1150, HTO fee $750
Caribou – Tag fee $300, HTO fee $150
Wolf – Tag fee $170
Wolverine – Tag fee $170 

Included

~ Round trip airfare from Winnipeg, MB to Baker Lake, NU and return (Spring/Fall Musk Ox only)
~ Charter flight from Thompson, MB to Caribou camp and return (Caribou hunts only)
~ Spring/Fall Musk Ox and Musk Ox/Caribou combos include tags and trophy fees
~ Wolf and wolverine hunting, when permitted (tag fees apply)
~ Accommodations and meals during the hunt
~ Professional guiding and transportation during the hunt
~ Personal snowmobile rental during your hunt (when required)
~ Field prep of meat and trophies

Not Included

~ 2.5% Government Sales Tax
~ Nunavut Non-Resident Hunting License ($60)
~ Tag and HTO fees, unless specified otherwise (see prices above)
~ All tag and license fees (where applicable) subject to 5% tax
~ Shipping and Handling of trophies, unless otherwise specified
~ Gratuities to guides and camp staff
~ Pre and post-travel and accommodations to departure cities of Winnipeg, Thompson or Baker Lake

NWT BARREN GROUND MUSK OX HUNTS

This is that once in a lifetime musk ox hunt for giant, record book animals. The hunt is based out of a 5-Star Trophy Lake Trout Fishing Lodge on NWT’s famous Great Bear Lake, having with it all the amenities. Access different hunting areas on a daily basis by means boat or Turbo-Otter floatplanes to remote corners of the lake, where trophy Barren Ground Musk Ox can then be glassed from strategic vantage points on this exciting spot & stalk hunt. Similar to previous seasons, this outfitter experienced 100% success in recent years, with all Musk Ox well exceeding the all-time Boone & Crockett minimum score of 105. Average bulls go around 110-115, but some stretch the tape into the 120s, ranking them among the world’s top, all-time specimens!  We limit our Musk Ox harvest to only 4-6 bulls annually!

Uniquely, your GSS consultant is one of the Musk Ox hunting guides for this outfitter, and upon booking would assist you through every aspect of planning and travel, and if possible will offer to be your guide on the hunt. This reaffirms the definition of trust as and confidence in your success when considering such as hunt.  Few places on earth offer you similar chances of harvesting a true giant B&C scoring Musk Ox bull then on this hunt – all while enjoying 5-Star luxury during pleasant August conditions in a gorgeous wilderness setting north of the arctic circle among interesting people from around the world!

MUSK OX HUNTING

This is a hunt like no other. Each morning you and your hunting partner will board a floatplane to access the immense hunting area. Boats are cached at several locations across the huge arctic lake, from which you and your guides will base the days hunt. The coastline is patrolled and glassed from a boat in areas that have long produced trophy Musk Ox. These Musk Ox are the main-land barren-ground variety, known as the “Sahtu” population, grow to be the largest in them anywhere. You are sure to impress at the sheer size of these animals once they are spotted from boat and moved in for a stalk. The herds’ number from 12-40 animals and are carefully examined to identify the oldest and optimal bulls. Musk Ox can be notoriously difficult to judge and your guide will be vital in choosing the correct animal. When successful, the bull is caped and quartered, brought back to the boat, then plane, then back to the lodge to be processed, packages, and prepared for the taxidermist. Whether the day’s venture is successful or not, you will not be spiking out on the land, rather returning to 5-star amenities each night in anticipation for the next day. The weather is lovely, the scenery fantastic, the experience is priceless. To top it off this Musk Ox hunting package comes with trophy Lake Trout and Arctic Grayling fishing that made the lodge famous in the first place included at no cost upon tagged out. Flyouts for trophy Arctic Char are also available.

SETTING & CONDITIONS

This hunt is north of the Arctic Circle. The lodge is located on an island where the landscape is a mix of loose barrens or scraggly black spruce trees. This time of year the insects are largely done, the fall colors are just beginning and temperatures hover around the freezing mark – perfect for spot and stalk hunting. During your hunt, expect to see a number of big, bull moose, barren ground Grizzly’s, loons, cranes, eagles, and the resident wolf pack near the camp. Get some great photos on the nightly “wolf tours” for some up-close encounters. This is truly one of a kind northern experience!


ACCOMMODATIONS 

For its remote setting, this is a truly a 5-Star experience in the sub-arctic offering all modern amenities. Wi-Fi internet is available throughout most of camp. Your personal cabin has a complete bathroom, lounge, and sleeping quarters, as well as a screened-in, bug-proof porch at the water’s edge overlooking the beautiful arctic landscape. Expect daily laundry & maid service, fantastic chef-inspired meals daily, and a fully guided experience in every respect. The main lodge offers a fine dining room, bar, games room, library, and a sitting area with an incredible view. This is a great place to exchange outdoor adventures in the evenings and recoup for another exciting day ahead with sportsmen from around the world.

GETTING THERE

Fly to Yellowknife NWT Canada where a porter from the lodge will meet you and any fellow Musk Ox hunters, shuttling everyone to either a different air charter to the main lodge, or hotel for an overnight stay.  Should your flight schedule keep you overnight, Yellowknife is a unique interesting northern city that much to see and do for the day. The main lodge on Great Bear Lake is approximately one hour north of Yellowknife by air, where you land at either the floatplane docks or maintained landing strip behind camp. The entire process from Yellowknife to the lodge is hassle-free and only adds to your northern Adventure in the North West Territories!

GETTING YOUR TROPHY HOME

Like with many Canadian hunts your big game tag will also double as a 30-60-day export permit, meaning that you hide, horns, and meat can accompany any US hunters back home over the border provided in their possible. This constitutes either driving from Yellowknife or as extra checked bags if flying. Options also exist to use our Canadian taxidermists to do one of two things. Firstly they can permit, tan the hide, and prep the horn shipping them to you or your taxidermist of choice. The second option is having them do the complete work and ship you the final product direct to your door.

PRICING

7-Days All-inclusive 1×1 Trophy Barren Ground Musk Ox Hunt (late August) USD$20,000

Included:
~ Air transportation between Yellowknife and the main lodge
~ All meals and accommodations during the hunt
~ All air transport into the field to access hunting areas
~ 1 guide per hunter and with a hunting license, Muskox tags & fishing license
~ All field handling, care, and packaging of meat and trophy during
~ Air transport of meat and trophy to Yellowknife
~ Any trophy Lake Trout fishing from the main lodge after your hunt 

Not included:
~ Pre or Post hunt accommodation and travel to Yellowknife NWT
~ Trophy fees paid in Yellowknife to Conservation Officer (CDN$350)
~ Applicable Goods & Services taxes (5%)
~ Gratuities for guides and hospitality staff