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Bowhunting Mountain Caribou in Canada

Mountain Caribou are found in huntable numbers in the NWT and the Yukon. They are the most expensive of all the caribou species to bowhunt and most often require a bush flight to get into the country where they live. Mountain caribou hunts, unlike the bowhunts for the other caribou species are often sold on 10 day hunts rather that the shorter week long trips for the other species. The limit on Mt. Caribou is one caribou per hunter.

Mountain Caribou are many times bowhunted in game rich areas that also have Mt. Goat, Moose, Black and Grizzly Bear, Dall, and Stone Sheep. Most bowhunting for Mountain caribou takes place in the MacKenzie Mountains which is accessed from Norman Wells in the NWT's. Mountain Caribou have a minimum score of 300 P&Y points.

Caribou species

There are five different species of caribou found in North America, as recognized by the Pope and Young Club. BSC continuously researches the best opportunities for bowhunters to pursue this magnificent antlered game animal. The five species, while all belonging to the same species that includes the domesticated reindeer, are broken into 5 categories, for record keeping purposes, by geographical boundaries. The categories are Woodland (taken only in Newfoundland), Quebec - Labrador (taken in those two providence's), Central Barren Ground (taken on Baffin Island, and in a portion of the NWT's east of the Mackenzie River and west of Hudson's Bay), Mountain Caribou (taken in Alberta, British Columbia, and portions of the Yukon and the MacKenzie Mountains of the NWT's), and Barren Ground Caribou (taken in Alaska, and portions of the Yukon). BSC has a few outfitters we recommend for each species, across North America. Like other species, we have hunted with the vast majority of the outfitters we recommend.

Mark Buehrer
North American Consultant
mark@bowhuntingsafari.com

Jay Osting
North American Consultant
jay@bowhuntingsafari.com