Spring Barren Ground Grizzly Bear Hunt #OI-CNO4

The Barren Ground Grizzly Bear is well known for its ferocity and fears no animal, man included.


Spring Barren Ground Grizzly Bear Hunt

The Barren Ground Grizzly Bear population on the vast tundra north of the tree line in Nunavut Territory continues to expand its range. All hunts occur in prime coastal and inland locations on the continental mainland. Our outfitter has been grizzly hunting in Nunavut since the early 1990’s with an unparalleled harvest success.

  • 10 days, Fully Guided 1:1
  • Arctic Wolf and Wolverine are a potential incidental species. *Must be confirmed prior to your hunt.
  • Late April to 3rd week in May.
  • Barren Ground Grizzly Bears of Nunavut are CITES importable within the European Union member states.

Trophy Bears

Nine of the top ten Barren Ground Grizzly bears harvested by our clients are officially listed in the SCI record book, with seven of these bears taken between 2008 and 2015. Transportation to the hunting area is by snowmobile, enabling hunters to cover far more ground than is possible during fall conditions.

The Barren Ground Grizzly Bear is well known for its ferocity and fears no animal, man included.

The Barren Ground Grizzly Bear compares well to the Arctic grizzlies of Alaska, and similar in size to the Mountain Grizzly found in British Columbia. Large specimens of Barren Ground Grizzly Bears reach up to 8.5 feet (2.6 meters) with most hunters harvesting bears in the 7 to 7.5 feet (2.1 to 2.3 meters) range. The Barren Ground Grizzly is the most beautiful of all bears. A single hide can exhibit four to five colors ranging from almost black on the forelegs to blond on the back and cinnamon on the flanks.

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Respecting Community Values and Traditions

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.

Barren Ground Grizzly Hunts Include:

  • Transportation from the Inuit community to the hunting area is provided by snowmobile with attached “qamutik,” an Inuit style sled.
  • Services of a licensed Guide and Guide helper with snowmobiles, including all gas and oil.
  • Food and camping gear required during the hunt.
  • Accommodation in a tented camp or plywood cabin during the hunt.
  • Rough skinning of the bear hide.

Not Included:

  • Travel arrangements from the client’s home to the commercial airport in Edmonton or Winnipeg.
  • Arctic flight, hotel accommodations and meals.
  • Nunavut hunting license and tag fees.
  • Gratuities to Guides.
  • Canadian Firearms Import License issued by a Canada Customs agent upon entry into 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.
  • Hotel and meals in Edmonton, Winnipeg or any Inuit community before and after the hunt.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Camp under the northern lights

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

Accommodation in a tented camp or plywood cabin during the hunt.


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.

Travel Information

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.

Field Photos from this Hunt:

Due to the sensitive nature of bear hunting, the outfitter has asked us that we don’t publicly share kill photos. If you would like to see some, ask your consultant.