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Old 10-03-2008, 05:49 PM
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Hey all, I've been away for awhile, but for good reason...I was on a caribou hunt just south of Kuujjuack, and had a great time. I got two caribou. In fact, there were 16 of us in our group, and I believe all but one got two caribou each. Here's a couple of pics of the two I got.




I was shooting my Browning A-bolt stainless stalker in 338 WM, with Federal 210 gr Nosler partitions loads. First one, at 377 yards took two bullets - probably only needed one, but it was still standing so I gave it another. There were three hunters per guide, and we dropped 5 caribou within a couple of minutes, within 40 yards of each other. I tried to get my 2nd one, starting at 400 yards, and after 5 shots and at 500 yards, I quit shooting. The guide wanted me to keep shooting, but I was done, not as familiar as I should have been with the 210 gr factory loads (I normally shoot 225's or 250's).


But no harm done, the next day, only about 1/2 mile away from the same spot, I got my second one with a single shoulder shot at about 150 yards. I didn't know this previously, but the Leaf River herd is supposedly 40%-50% larger in body and horn than the George River herd caribou, and it was the George River herd that we were getting. OK with me as I'm not concerned with B&C score, but just wanted some nice looking heads to put on the wall, and some meat for the freezer. Here's one that one of the other guys got the had huge bezes that may have been a Leaf River bull.


To be continued....
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Continued....

Here's a pic of one of the 'meat boat' loads back to camp. We motored 12 miles down the lake from camp to the killing fields and had some rainy weather at times, so goretex was a good product to have.


Here's a camp shot on the peninsula from the twin otter flight in, and one of the otter, with the runway off to the left of the photo. Those otters are quite the plane, able to take off within 100 yards with a very full load of people, meat, capes, and horns.




Here's one of our morning sunrises. Just a beautiful place. I lost track of what day it was and everything! A good vacation. I went with Safari Nordik outfitters, and it was a great experience that I would recommend to anyone considering taking such a trip. I have meat in the freezer and had a round steak last night, medium-rare that was just excellent!

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Old 10-03-2008, 06:37 PM
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Great pictures. That is one of my goals in the next few years is for me and several of my hunting buddies to go caribou hunting. How did you choose an outfitter.
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My choice of outfitter was very technical.....I knew that my neighbor had gone caribou hunting before, so I walked across the street and asked him for suggestions. Turns out that he was already organizing a hunt with many friends and asked if I wanted to go! Well, he'd been up to Schefferville before (south of Kuujjuack) and had researched Safari Nordik already. So, I signed up.

I had looked on the internet for outfits prior to that, but settled on this deal without much hesitation. The timing was right for this particular camp that they sent us to, with good caribou numbers, and the luxery of being able to pass on some not-so-good animals. Reportedly, the groups before us didn't have such good luck. It all depends where the caribou decide to move and if the outfitter has judged movements correctly, and where to send the hunters.

You pay your money, and you takes your chances is all I can say. This is my first rodeo in caribou hunting, so by no means take this as authority, but I'd suggest taking a later Sept hunt when I'm told there is a better chance of good bulls moving through.
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Shawn, congrats on a good trip and thanks for the write-up and photos.
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Here's a few more pics and details of my hunt. Here's a shot of the meat shed. The package that we signed up for included getting the meat back to Montreal where it was processed - cut into steaks and burger ground, then vacuum-packed in individual meal-sized packages - then flash-frozen and boxed up and delivered to the airport to be taken on as extra baggage on the return flight to Idaho. They did a top-notch job on this.

I was also fortunate that among our crew was Tom Scheirmeier, a prominent taxidermist in Twin Falls, who was going to be mounting all the heads of those that wanted to, and so he caped/fleshed all of those. He spent a full day and then some in camp caping I think 15 or 16 heads.

Here's a shot of one of the sleeping shacks inside. Oil stove, mattresses, pillows, so all you had to bring was a light sleeping bag and pillow case. Very comfortable setup.

Here's one of the youngsters that we passed on. Very curious animals, but they surely didn't like crossing our scent path. Some of the groups, it was like they were hitting a brick wall when they hit our scent and would turn right around and pass upwind of us, although not even 40 yards away.

Lastly, the tundra up there is just beautiful with all of the colors. We were below the tree line, so there was larch (tamarack) and spruce, and all kinds of berries, including blueberries.
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Hey, Shawn - you guys did great! Glad to hear of a successful hunt by your group.

Yes, I've heard stories that timing is everything with caribou. Sounds like the hunt was about all you could ask for - even down to having your personal taximdermist along!
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Looks like a good trip.Great pictures Shawn. I'm hunting elk in Colorado in 9 days, hope to post pictures.Q
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Nice going Shawn. What is the approximate on the hoof weight of those animals? They look like they are in good condition.

I recall reading somewhere that Caribou fur was the traditional material for sleeping bags in the far north.
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Thx fellas, and yeah, I had a great time.

Ken, I'd guess these George River caribou at something around 300# on the hoof, about like a decent mule deer buck. There's a lot of gut to them, and a lot of head. I think the Leaf River caribou bulls would probably be around 400# or more for a decent sized bull.
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Thanks Shawn. Great story to along with the pics. I keep telling myself I will eventually go up and hunt Caribou.

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That's great Shawn. I envy you. A co-worker just came back from a caribou hunt and was not as fortunate as you.

Well done.

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Caribou Mounts from the Taxidermist

I got my caribou shoulder mounts back today and they sure are purty! Nothing even approaching a good score (heck, I don't know, didn't even score them), but just good looking animals and every rack is unique. A pic of each on the wall. One had good tops, the other had good bottoms (shovels and bez). But both had double shovels, and one had two back-scratchers and the other with just one back-scratcher.





Schiermeier Taxidermy does a nice job.
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Nice mounts, Shawn. Good conclusion to the above hunt.
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Lets just say I am envious. Man that is one nice mount. It will be a constant reminder of some super memories. I am hoping to take such a trip when I retire, again.
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Lets just say I am envious. Man that is one nice mount. It will be a constant reminder of some super memories. I am hoping to take such a trip when I retire, again.
Hey now, that's TWO separate mounts!

Better take that trip jodum. The meat is good, and the mounts make fine wall space filler. Even if you don't decide to do any mounts, the hides are pretty and would be good wall cover.
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Thanks for the pics Shawn. They sure are pretty.
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Sounds like you just fell into a great hunt.
I feel like I just watched a whole movie on caribou hunting. Great story.
I'm impressed with the taxidermy work that guy did. They are near perfect mounts.
It doesn't matter what the score is, they are beautiful animals.
That one picture you took of the lake may become my desktop theme.
Way to go!
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That one picture you took of the lake may become my desktop theme.
That's a fine idea tpv! I think I'll put that pic as my background on my work 'puter so every time I return to my desk, there's a calming effect!

One thing I didn't notice when I was on the hunt, but did when I got the mounts back, is that those caribou sure have small ears. I guess it makes sense. Big ears would probably just freeze in that environment.
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