Forget the snowmobiles and extreme temperatures. Forget iced-up weapons and clothing so heavy you can hardly move. Pursuing a B&C-class trophy below the Polar Ice Cap on a Greenland muskox hunting trip during the summer offers a truly enjoyable experience from start to finish, with warm temperatures and some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth. An adventure on its own, this hunt offers the possibilities of additional sightseeing in Iceland or Greenland, free arctic char fishing and small game hunting, and a perfect 100% success rate on musk oxen and reindeer to date.
MUSK OX HUNTING
Hunters must fly into Narsarsuaq, Greenland. Most clients will connect via Reykjavik, Iceland; however, flights to Greenland are also available via Copenhagen, Denmark. Clients can purchase flights from Iceland to Greenland direct from our outfitter at discounted rates. Upon arrival in Greenland expect several hours by boat to reach camp. At the conclusion of the hunt, clients may boat from camp directly back to Narsarsuaq for their departing flights. Depending on the flight schedule a hotel in Greenland before or after the hunt may or may not be necessary. Hotel overnight in Reykjavik should be expected before departing back to the United States. Round trip travel expenses from the United States to Greenland averages close to $2,000 per person.
WINTER HUNT OPTION FOR MARCH AND APRIL
For those who are willing to brave winter conditions in temperatures often well below zero we offer a late winter/spring hunt during the months of March and April. A heated three-bedroom cabin will be used for accommodations with all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles used daily to access the hunting grounds. Hunters should be reasonably fit as some hiking should be expected. A six to seven-day itinerary with travel from Kangerlussuaq and three to four days in the camp are representative of a standard hunt schedule.
MUSK OX HUNTING OUTFITTERS
All hunting from our south camp is conducted by spot and stalk methods using boats for transportation to and from the hunting areas. These areas vary in distance from 15 minutes to two hours by boat. Clients will eat a warm breakfast each morning before departing camp by boat with a guide ratio that could be as high as 4 on 1 with stalks by foot conducted 1 on 1. Expect to cruise the shorelines and fjords by boat while glassing muskox and reindeer. Generally speaking, four hunters can expect to harvest four mature trophy musk ox in only two days’ time. Muskoxen are most often found close to the water and only minimal physical effort is needed. Shot distances average 20-30 yards with archery hunters and 75 to 150 yards while rifle hunting.
LODGING FOR HUNTING MUSKOX
We offer arguably the best food, service, and accommodations available in Greenland. Clients will enjoy a modern multi-cabin permanent camp with electricity, excellent chef-prepared meals, running hot water with showers and saunas, baths, and private double occupancy rooms.
GREENLAND HUNTING OVERVIEW
The musk ox hunting in Greenland is nothing short of fantastic and the trophy quality is excellent. Many muskox bulls harvested have been 10 or more years old and qualify for the Boone and Crockett record book minimum of 105”. The population and annual harvest are carefully managed and the numbers are continually rising. Clients can expect to see many musk oxen each day and should expect to take a mature trophy regardless if using a rifle or archery equipment. Reindeer numbers in this region are higher than objective levels and to encourage additional harvest the outfitter has offered a highly discounted reindeer-only hunt package.
Although native endemic caribou can be found in west Greenland this region of south Greenland does not offer native caribou. Reindeer from Europe were subsequently introduced more than 50 years ago and now offer high populations of wild animals. Several record-keeping organizations incorrectly categorize these reindeer to be either Central Canadian Barren Ground Caribou or Arctic Islands Caribou, neither of which is correct as these animals found in the regions west of Narsarsuaq are almost entirely introduced reindeer. These reindeer may show coloration differences compared to their caribou counterparts however they are very close in body and antler size. Trophies from this region average 350” in size and trophies up to 458” have been harvested on this hunt. Success rates have remained at 100% to date. Clients hunting reindeer in August should expect a more physical hunt with the possibility of climbing to find bachelor groups of bulls. September reindeer hunts are generally physically easier with higher numbers of bulls seen from the coast. Velvet antlers should be expected in August with most reindeer hard horned by the first week of September. Reindeer may be guided with a ration as high as 4 to 1 but commonly find more favorable ratios depending on camp size.
Clients are welcome to hunt with either rifle or archery equipment. Importing weapons into Greenland is easy for those that wish to take their own rifles or bows. Quality weapons including Blaser rifles are available in camp for a rental fee of 50 Euros per day. Archery hunting, particularly for muskox, is recommended and shot distances will average 20–30 yards. Heavy arrows with fixed-blade broadheads (required) should be used as arrow penetration on heavy-haired 800-pound musk ox can be difficult. Average rifle distances will vary from 50–150 yards on muskox and 100 to 300 yards on caribou. We recommend.30 caliber magnums for rifle hunting Greenland.
MUSKOX TROPHY SHIPPING
Although there are currently no USDA or USFW import restrictions on musk ox or reindeer trophies, all past clients have elected to have their trophies shipped from Greenland. With this process trophies will be placed into freezing containers after harvest where they will remain until they ship frozen to Denmark in October. Once in Denmark a third party taxidermist/expeditor will process and crate trophies by either salting or dry tanning hides at the client’s discretion. Once this process has been completed they will be taken to a shipping agent where they will ship from Denmark to an import broker in the United States. Most clients will have their trophies in May following a fall hunt.
MUSK OX HUNTING SCHEDULE
All hunting itineraries in Greenland are dependent on the frequency of commercial flights from Reykjavik on Air Iceland or on Air Greenland via Copenhagen. Most hunts will include a six-day schedule with four full days in camp plus up to two half days. Four flights per week are typically available in August with only two flights per week in September. Due to the limited availability of flights during the month of September we recommend a longer eight-day schedule with six full hunting days if a September hunt is chosen. A three-hour boat ride from Narsarsuaq to camp should be expected on the arrival and departure days. Additional hunting days may be added to any August or September hunt for a cost of $300 per day for the 2017 season and $590 per day for hunts scheduled in 2018 or 2019.
Combination hunters should expect to hunt muskox for the first two days of their hunt followed by one to two days of reindeer hunting and/or fishing at the client’s discretion. Free fishing for arctic char is included and available only a short distance from the main camp. Hunter may also target ptarmigan, arctic fox, and arctic hare at no additional cost if time and opportunity allow.
AVAILABLE SPECIES IN GREENLAND
Musk ox (Greenland variety) and caribou/reindeer are the primary species available. Arctic char are extremely abundant in freshwater rivers and streams and lingcod, black halibut, flounder, etc. are frequently caught in the saltwater fjords. Small game species including arctic fox, arctic hare, ptarmigan, and seal can be hunted at no cost as animals of opportunity however at this time only caribou/reindeer and muskox may be imported into the United States.
SEASONS AND OPTIMUM DATES
Muskox hunts from our south camp may be booked from early August through mid-September. Because the flight schedule through Air Iceland is not available until November/December for the following year clients are booked into approximate time frames until exact dates can be finalized with the release of the airline flight schedule. Tented camp hunts in west Greenland are available through October. Although the weather including wind and rain may be a factor during any hunting period, the summer months offer a great opportunity to hunt, with warm temperatures reaching more than 60°F. Nighttime temperatures may dip below 40°F and rain and/or wind may be experienced on any hunt date. September hunts average in the mid to high 40’s during the daytime with a higher chance of freezing at night. Musk on hair quality is excellent regardless of season hunted.
NEW WEST GREENLAND TENTED CAMP OPTION
We are now offering hunts in west Greenland for muskox and native caribou from tented camps in remote areas near Kangerlussuaq. These hunts are less expensive and have much better booking availability however these hunts are physically demanding and are not for everyone. Anyone considering this hunt must be willing to hike base camp while carrying their personal gear and should expect to cover extensive ground by foot over the course of the hunt while returning to the tented camp each night. Two on one guiding is included and defers to 1 on 1 guiding if only one hunter happens to be in camp. The area in West Greenland is less conducive to archery hunting and more difficult for close stalks. Trophy quality is excellent however the quality of trophies is largely dependent on the amount of effort put forth by the client. Fall muskox hunts are priced at only 5,900 Euros (including one musk ox of any size). Trophy fees for caribou are 800 Euros and a second musk ox may be taken for only 1,000 Euros. Tented camp hunts are available from late August through early October. Winter hunts via dog sled and snowmobile are available for only 4,900 Euros during the months of March and April using heated cabin accommodations.
NEW WEST COAST CABIN HUNT VIA HELICOPTER
We are now offering clients a new muskox option by hunting an alternate cabin camp on Greenland’s west coast accessed by helicopter transfer from Kangerlussuaq. The cost of the helicopter transfer and one muskox per hunter is included in the hunt pricing of $9,995. This is a physically easy muskox hunt with a perfect past success rate. Most itineraries will allow three full days in camp with a five-day schedule with travel. Hunters who are physically fit and able to hike further up the mountains may hunt native caribou for a trophy fee of $1,600. Optional second muskox may also be added for a trophy fee of $1,600. Rifle rental is $90 per day from this camp. This hunt is offered for the 2018 season from mid-August concluding in early September.
GREENLAND TRAVEL & FIREARMS
Most hunters from the United States will fly to Narsarsuaq, Greenland (airport code UAK) via Keflavik International airport (KEF) located about 35 minutes outside of Reykjavik Iceland. Flights to Greenland are also available via Copenhagen, Denmark however transferring a firearm through Denmark will require an endorsement from a Danish outfitter. Archery equipment may be taken through Denmark with no weapon permit. Clients may purchase flights from Iceland to Greenland direct from our outfitter or we can assist if buying online. Once clients arrive in Narsarsuaq they will be greeted at the airport and transfer to the marina followed by a very scenic 3 hour boat ride to camp. At the conclusion of the hunt, clients will transfer by boat from camp directly back to Narsarsuaq for their departing flights. Depending on the flight schedule a hotel in Greenland before or after the hunt is unlikely but possible, particularly if the flight is delayed. Hotel overnight in Reykjavik should be expected at the conclusion of the hunt before departing back to the United States. Average round trip flights from the United States to Iceland will range from $500 to $1,000. Round trip flights from Iceland to Greenland average $1,000. In total expect $1,500 to $2,000 for flight expenses.
It is very easy for clients to import either a rifle or archery equipment into Greenland while transferring in Iceland. Weapon import permits are provided by the outfitter and included in the hunt cost. Clients who choose not to rent a rifle in camp ($50 per day) must fill out a weapon import for and provide a scanned copy of their passports.
INCLUDED IN MUSKOX HUNT PACKAGE
Trophy fees for animals included in hunt package of any size
All hunting licenses and permits
All boat transfers in Greenland
Accommodations/meals at camp
All paperwork to bring in your weapon into Greenland
Free fishing for arctic char
Airfare to Narsarsuaq, Greenland, and return
Trophy handling, crating, shipping, import taxes, and taxidermist fees
Before and after hunt meals and accommodations
Gratuities at client’s discretion
Travel and cancellation insurance
Additional trophies not included in the hunt package
South Greenland Cabin Camp Boat Hunt
Muskox and Reindeer combo hunt (sold out)
2017: Reindeer Only Special offer $4,995 including two (2) bulls of any size (2017 season only)
2018: Reindeer only Special offer: $6,995 including two (2) bulls of any size
2019: Muskox and Reindeer combo hunt $10,995
2019: Reindeer only hunt including two bulls: $6,995
2017: $415 per night
2018 and 2019: $690 per night
Additional reindeer trophies: $1,195 each
Extra hunting days:
2017: $300 per extra day
2018 and 2019: $590 per extra day
Rifle Rental: $60
West Coast Tented Camp Hunt
2017 (Sold Out)
2018: $5,900 including one muskox
Caribou trophy fee: $800
Optional second muskox: $1,200
Additional hunting day: $750 (first and last hunt only)
Upgrade to 1 on 1 guiding: $1,300
Observer fee: $1,950
West Coast Helicopter-Accessed Cabin Camp (helicopter transfers included)
2017 (Sold Out)
2018: $9,995 including one muskox
Caribou trophy fee: $1,600
Second muskox trophy fee: $1,600
Rifle Rental: $90
West Greenland March/April Hunt
2017:$5,900 including one muskox
2018: $5,900 including one muskox
Trophy fee for second muskox: $1,000
Trophy fee for caribou: $400
Rifle rental: $90
Upgrade to 1 on 1 guiding: $1,700
The Inuit name of Greenland is Kalaallit (meaning “Land of the people”; Danish: Grønland). Technically part of Denmark, Greenland is a free country, and many don’t realize that it’s part of North America. It lies east of Canada on the border of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.
The Inuit have lived here for more than 4,500 years. The Norse colonized the island in the late 10th century but disappeared 400 years later. The Danish took control in the 1700s.
Greenland received autonomy in 1979, becoming part of the Danish commonwealth. With more powers granted to the local government in 2008, Denmark now only oversees Greenland’s foreign interactions, military, and finances. It also provides Greenland with an annual subsidy of more than $600 million USD.
Greenland is the largest island on the planet (after ruling out continents), as well as the most sparsely populated country.