About This Hunt
HUNT POLAR BEAR IN THE FROZEN ARCTIC
Polar Bear hunts are conducted out of the Hamlet of Grise Fiord which has a high harvest quota. This area has proven to be one of the most successful areas in the Arctic for large Polar Bears. This quota, of course, is proportional to and reflects the local bear population.
Grise Fiord was established in 1953 and is the largest community on Ellesmere Island. It is the northernmost civilian settlement in Canada. It lies north of the Arctic Circle and home to approximately 150 residents.
In Grise Fiord there are two seasons: the “light” season from May to August, when the sun never sets, and the “dark” season from October to mid-February when the sun never rises. For 10 months of the year, the sea around Grise Fiord is frozen; break-up usually isn’t complete until mid-August. Until then the sea ice is used as a highway for travel by snowmobile or dog team. There are no roads connecting Ellesmere Island to the rest of the world. Air travel is the only way to and from Grise Fiord.
Hunting is still an important part of the Inuit lifestyle. Strictly regulated quota systems allow the residents to fill many of their needs by harvesting seals, walruses, narwhal and beluga whales, polar bears and musk-ox. Ecotourism is also developing as people come to see the spectacular northern wildlife found on Ellesmere and surrounding islands.
Along with high success rates and good trophy quality, this 12-day hunt in the Arctic is sure to be one of your most memorable. Along with that, the Inuit culture itself is an unforgettable experience.
Dates for these hunts run from mid-March to the end of May. Hunt dates allow for 12-days of hunting and run approximately a 15-16 day itinerary depending on airline schedules. Please inquire about available dates.
Price Range: $39,500 to $45,000 USD
50% deposit required to reserve space. Non-refundable.
Prices are subject to change without notice. All above fees are payable to the Nunavut government in Grise Fiord and include 5% G.S.T. Please have Canadian cash for the above fees.
A Greenland Musk-Ox can be added to your hunt which will make another great arctic trophy. (These hunts must be booked prior to your arrival).
The cost includes the services of an experienced, licensed, Inuit (Eskimo) Polar Bear guide with a dog team for the duration of the hunt, the service of a guide helper with a snowmobile for the duration of the hunt, cold weather clothing, all food during the hunt, field preparation of the trophy, ground transportation by snowmobile from the nearest commercial airports to the hunting area or outpost camps. Air charters can be arranged as an alternative (where feasible) at the client’s expense.
The cost for a non-hunter companion includes all items as above, with the exception that he/she will be transported on a sled drawn by a snowmobile.
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
Travel arrangements from the client’s home to the Grise Fiord, where the hunt is scheduled to take place, air charters if required, licenses or trophy fees, export permit fees, personal items such as sleeping bag, clothing. guns, ammunition, excess baggage charges, gratuities to guides, packing and shipping of trophy and taxidermy fees. Canadian goods and services tax of 5% where applicable.
Hunting is conducted from heated wall tents and outpost camps in prime areas. On the ice, you will travel and hunt by dog sled with your guide. There will also be 1-2 assistant guides on snowmobiles with all of your gear.
How to Get Here:
You will be assisted with all the flights needed to get from your home to your Polar Bear hunt destination and return. These travel agents specialize in Arctic flights and are able to obtain fares that most other travel agents can’t.
Your Polar Bear hide, skull, and baculum bone will be shipped frozen from Grise Fiord to a recommended Canadian Taxidermist. There it will be fleshed, cleaned, properly salted and tanned if needed. The taxidermist will contact you for specific instructions to follow. Storage facilities are available upon request. Taxidermy work, storage, and shipping will be at your expense. Once properly prepared, your hide can be stored for many years.
TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE
Cancellation insurance information will be enclosed in your package once your hunt is booked and deposit is received. This insurance is highly recommended. It will cover the full value of your money sent to us in the event that you must cancel your hunt due to medical or compassionate reasons.
At this time Polar Bears are not importable to the USA or Mexico.
Cancellation insurance information will be enclosed in your package once you decide to go. This insurance is highly recommended. It will cover the full value of your money sent to us in the event that you must cancel your hunt due to medical or compassionate reasons. This insurance application will be sent at the time of booking.