This Outfitting Company is the longest operating outfitter in Nunavut — offering the very finest hunts for Polar bear, Muskox, Caribou, Barren-ground Grizzly bear and Atlantic walrus hunts. They pioneered polar bear hunting in the High Arctic in 1981 and they have maintained an unparalleled hunting success rate throughout their operations. We think they are about the best and most dependable polar bear outfit there is!
Hunting takes place along well-known polar bear summer and fall shoreline retreats within prime locations. It is a spot and stalk hunt from boats or using ATV’s. It may be possible on the late summer hunts to add on a Walrus. Please check with us on details and availability. The Inuit are the only people in Canada who can legally harvest a polar bear as the system is based on their cultural and subsistence needs and is done through strictly enforced regulations and highly monitored tag allocations. A sustainable harvest quota system set by Canadian scientists and local Inuit Wildlife Management Boards are based on the principles of conservation and aboriginal subsistence hunting, and are not market-driven.
Very limited Polar bear tag numbers exist, so booking early is critical! A year or more ahead is advisable. Accommodations during the hunt are in basic plywood cabins or canvas tents when necessary. This is a spot and stalk fully guided hunt with the use of either a boat when weather conditions permit or side-by-side ATV’s for transportation. An assistant guide is provided for additional support and safety. The hunt is considered over when a polar bear is harvested, even if this occurs in the first day or two.
As of August 2015, the IUCN Red List reports that the worldwide polar bear population estimate is established at 26,000 animals with over 17,000 or two-thirds –located in the Canadian Arctic. Canada is a proven world leader in the management, research, monitoring and conservation of polar bears. The world’s polar bear population has actually more than doubled in number since the 1960’s throughout most of its range due to sound government management policies created in the early 1970’s. Polar bear are long lived as well. They are very wide ranging carnivores with Ringed seals as their primary food source.
Canada’s immediate and long-term management strategy is designed to respond to the full scope of threats that could affect polar bear and their conservation, including but not limited to climate change. A sustainable, sex selective, harvest management plan is implemented through agreements and quotas based on scientific research and consultation with local Inuit and government authorities.
Harvest quotas are based on the principles of conservation and aboriginal subsistence
hunting, and are NOT market-driven. The actual number of polar bears harvested by Inuit
hunters is often less than the government’s established quotas while the highly regulated
non-Inuit recreational hunting quota represents only a small fraction of the overall harvest.
2018 • Nunavut Territory, Canada
PRICE PER PERSON
• $46,950 USD 10 days on a 1×1 guided hunt
• $9,950 USD – Non-hunting observer
March 1 to May 31 for spring hunts, and August 1 to November 7 for summer/fall hunts. Exact starting dates are negotiable with Arctic air travel flight schedules taken into consideration, and are covered in each client’s hunting contract.
TRAVEL ITINERARY: This outfitter will make it easy for you by providing complete round trip travel
itineraries from the Inuit Village you initially fly to. Once there they will arrange for transport to the Arctic destination where the hunt takes place. Clients will also benefit from their preferred airfare rates that range from 30% to 60% in savings.
DEPOSIT AND BALANCE OF PAYMENT: A 40% deposit of the package price is required within 7 business days to confirm a booking. The balance of payment as indicated on your invoice must be received in our administrative office no later than 60 days prior to the departure date of your hunt. Payments can be made by check or bank wire transfer to Hunt Nation. Just ask for our wiring instructions or mailing address.
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: All payments made to the Outfitter are non refundable. However, arrangements can be made for your payments to be used by a replacement hunter of your choosing.
• The services of an experienced Inuit polar bear guide, assistant guide and gear throughout the
duration of the hunt and field preparation of the trophy.
• All ground transportation from the village to the hunting area.
• The cost for a non-hunting companion includes all items as above and one personal guide.
• All travel arrangements from the client’s home to the commercial airport at the pre-arranged Inuit community.
• Hunting license and tag fees.
• Gratuities to guides.
• Canadian Firearms Import License fee of $25 CAD issued by a Canada Customs agent upon entry into the country.
• General Administration Fee of $150 USD.
• Arctic Flight Booking Fee of $170 USD (includes a one-time itinerary change).
• Arctic Wildlife Research Fund of $250 USD.
• Sleeping bag, personal clothing and toiletries.
• Archery equipment, rifle and ammunition.
• Excess airline baggage fees.
• Packing and shipping of the trophy; taxidermy fees.
• Cancellation and trip interruption insurance.
• Visitor to Canada Health or Medical Emergency Insurance.
• Federal and Provincial Government sales taxes wherever applicable.
• Any additional hotel costs and meals due to delays caused by flight cancellations or delays due to any reason in surface transfers to camps by snowmobile or any other conveyance that are beyond the control of the Outfitter and its associates.
• Rental of down filled parka, bib overalls and mitts is available for $450 USD.
• Bank wire fees – A one-time fee of $40 USD will be applied to your invoice at time of booking if this method of payment is selected.
NOTE: There is a 50% refund on the 5% Federal Goods and Services Sales tax (GST) to foreign non-residents of Canada applicable only on the hunt cost. POLAR BEARS ARE NOT PRESENTLY IMPORTABLE INTO THE U.S. OR MEXICO.
HUNTING LICENSE & TAG FEES:
The Government of Nunavut fees on foreign non-resident hunting licenses and tags are as follows:
Hunting License $ 63.00 Polar Bear Tag $1,312.50
Nunavut wildlife export permits are free and issued once the harvested animal is registered at the local wildlife office. Polar bear hides and skulls will be shipped to a taxidermist of your choosing within several weeks of your departure. Only Canadian citizens living within Canada can return home with their polar bear hide and skull as excess baggage. Government fees are subject to change without notice.
POLAR BEAR TAG: In the event that the Outfitter cannot obtain a tag for the client to hunt polar bear in the year that it was booked for, then all monies paid to the Outfitter will be fully reimbursed to the client.
SEAL HUNTING: Seal hunting may be possible. You must advise us at Hunt Nation promptly of your interest to hunt seals prior to the hunt. Hunting of seals during or after a Polar Bear hunt however, is considered an “add on” — and your hunt for Polar Bear is the priority. The price for hunting seal is arranged between the client and his guide. We simply alert the outfitter as to your wishes so they can make preparations. The client must also obtain a seal license for $5 CAD at the wildlife office. However, sealskins or any by-product thereof are not importable into the United States or Mexico. Clients from other international destinations are responsible to check the importation laws of their own country.