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Muskox Hunts on Victoria Island in Canada (Greenland Subspecies)
Cambridge Bay on Victoria Island near Greenland is the “Muskox Hunting Capital of the World”, and is home to the introduced Greenland subspecies of muskox. SCI does recognize them as “Greenland” muskox and this region has over 200 entries in the record book. Southern Victoria Island has a population of 30,000 muskox, and it is common to see anywhere from 30 to 40 muskox daily.
Hunting Greenland muskox in Canada is carried out from Cape Peel to Mount Pelly, on the southern coast of Victoria Island.
- This is an amazing archery hunt.
- Holding a commanding percentage of Greenland muskox records in the SCI Record Book, this outfitter has truly unmatched trophy quality.
- 100% success since 1995 when they began Victoria Island muskox hunting.
This is a Spring Hunt (Mid-March to Mid-April)
A spring muskox hunt is the best hunt for you if you want and Arctic adventure, and to experience the Inuit culture in the harshest environment on earth. The Inuit people assist our outfitters with their traditional hunting knowledge. You will hunt from a sled that is being pulled by a snow machine, which allows you to cover a lot of ground quickly in search of a trophy bull. You will typically see more animals on the spring hunts than you will in the fall.
Our outfitter holds three of the top five bulls in SCI from Victoria Island muskox hunting.
The Greenland subspecies of muskox that resides in Nunavut, are larger than those actually found in Greenland, and our clients consistently harvest very large, mature bulls. Our outfitter holds three of the top five trophies of the Greenland muskox as listed in the SCI Record Book. Corey Goss with the No.2 entry has a score of 84 5/8 and both Doug Whitaker and Bob Underwood with a score of 82 3/8 are tied for the No. 3 spot.
Virtually all of the bulls taken by bowhunters would qualify for the Pope & Young record book and indeed the SCI record book.
Hunting for Arctic Wolf as an incidental species can be added to your Spring muskox hunt package. If requested, it must be pre-arranged and prepaid; however, if you do not harvest a wolf, you will be refunded the full amount less your license and tag fees.
Dates and Pricing
Interested in booking this trip? If you have not yet received pricing please request it here, and be sure to reference the trip number at the top of this page. Please note that reservations are not considered finalized until agreed upon deposit is received. This ensures agreed upon dates and current pricing. Quality outfitters are in high demand so let us know right away, as some trips do book years in advance.
Greenland Muskox Hunts on Victoria Island Include:
- Services of a licensed Guide with a snowmobile, including all gas and oil.
- Transportation from Cambridge Bay to the hunting area by snowmobile.
- Food and camping gear required during the hunt.
- Accommodation in a basic plywood cabin during the hunt with a tent used only as a backup.
- Rough skinning of the harvested animal.
- All travel arrangements from the client’s home to the commercial airport in Cambridge Bay including meals and hotel rooms. Hotel rooms in Edmonton and Cambridge Bay (first and last night) are to be prepaid.
- Hunting license and tag fees.
- Gratuities to Guides.
- Canadian Firearms Import License issued by a Canada Customs agent upon entering the country.
- General Administration Fee.
- Arctic Flight Booking Fee.
- Arctic Wildlife Research Fund Fee.
- Excess airline baggage fees.
- Packing and shipping of the harvested game; taxidermy fees.
- Cancellation and trip interruption insurance.
- Visitor to Canada Health or Medical Emergency Insurance.
- Federal Government sales tax wherever applicable.
- Any additional hotel costs and meals due to delays caused by flight cancellations or delays in surface transfers beyond the control of Canada North Outfitting and its associates.
- Hotel and meals in Edmonton or the Inuit community before and after the hunt.
- Arctic clothing and hunting gear. [See a list] *Rental of down filled parka, bib overalls, mitts and boots is available.
- Flight itinerary change fees and any applicable fare difference costs.
To fully appreciate, enjoy and get the most out of your Arctic Adventure, please remember where you are in the World! Hunting in Nunavut is at par with any International Hunt destination that is rich in Culture and Traditions that are Unique to the Inuit of North America.
Lodging and Accommodations
Comfortable camps situated in prime areas that may be up to 160 kilometers from any one of our Inuit communities.
Accommodations during the hunt are heated basic plywood cabins that Inuit use as shelters while out on the land. Camps are situated from 3 to 5 hours away by snowmobile from the community.
In 2014 they saw the need for a northern-based guides training program founded on advancing Inuit culture and traditions. The program’s instructors are local Inuit Senior guides and elders who have an acute knowledge of the land and its wildlife. Southern values do not drive the course outline, thus keeping with the generational passing down of Inuit Knowledge and the skills required to venture out on the land, sea and ice. The Inuit are skilled hunters, and the goal of the guides training program looks to complement these traditional abilities by offering certification for the knowledge they already possess and help promote a lifestyle and work opportunities for additional local guides.
This outfitter’s partnerships within the Inuit communities of Nunavut are respectful of the people and their culture. All big game harvested by our clients come from each community’s allowable subsistence quotas established by the Nunavut government. Therefore, they are not considered an addition to the overall allowances. All game meat remains with the guide and his family or shared with other community members that cannot hunt on their own.
Respecting Community Values and Traditions
The outfitter does more than just outfitting for adventure hunts. They are involved in year-round community events and activities throughout Nunavut doing their part to ensure that the Unique Inuit Culture not only continues to exist but to thrive in the modern world.
From sponsoring Traditional Inuit Cultural activities such as Throat Singing, Drum Dancing, Elder Sewing classes, Inuit Carving programs and annual Bowhead Whale Hunts to contemporary projects such as funding of books and other educational supplies for Daycare Centres, various Community Feasts, an all Inuit men’s Hockey Team, Youth Skating Programs, annual Fishing Derbies, and Christmas Food Banks just to name a few.
Upon booking, the outfitter will provide complete round trip travel itineraries from the Canadian gateway city to the Arctic destination where the hunt takes place.
- Our clients benefit from our preferred airfare rates that range from 30% to 60% in savings.
- There is a Canadian Firearms Import License fee issued by a Canada Customs agent upon entry into the country.
Taxidermy and Shipment of Trophies
- We advise that clients take their hides and skulls with them as excess baggage when this option is available. A Nunavut Wildlife Export Permit issued free of charge, is required before departing the Inuit community, from the local wildlife conservation officer.
- All foreign non-resident hunters other than the USA must leave their Muskox hide and skull with a taxidermist in southern Canada.
- If an Arctic Wolf is harvested or skins are purchased within the community from local Inuit hunters, all clients will require a Nunavut Export Permit and must leave them with a taxidermist in southern Canada who will in turn prepare the necessary documents in obtaining proper CITES export permits.
- Muskox hides and skulls do not require a CITES export permit and may travel with American clients across the border unless instructed to be picked up by a Canadian taxidermist.