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 bears reach up to 8.5 feet with most hunters harvesting bears in the 7 to 7.5 ft range. They are 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.
In 2014 the outfitter 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.
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.
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.