5. LABRADOR [BRACKET “CARIBOU”]Maybe you think you can’t afford a far-flung big-game adventure. Maybe you’re wrong. Although fall caribou expeditions can cost more than $3,000, spring hunts can run less than half that, because by March most of the big bulls have dropped their antlers, which makes them unappealing to many hunters. The caribou have not, however, dropped any of the richly flavored meat beneath their hides. Meanwhile, the wide frozen expanses of the Far North are no less beautiful, and the lights of the aurora borealis are no less breathtaking.
“The hunting is very good in March,” says Edward Burke of Labrador Adventures and Outfitting in Labrador City. “The caribou are usually herded in groups of 15 or 20, but you might see 200 or 300 in a day. We use snowmobiles to get close, and then we stalk within gun or bow range.” As for the weather, Burke says the latter part of March is “really nice” for that part of Canada. “You get long sunny days, with high temperatures that get up to freezing.”
Season Dates: Open through April
Bag Limit: Two caribou
Nonresident License: $143 (Canadian)
**Guide Fees: **$999 for a three-day hunt, including lodging, meals, and unlimited snowmobile use
**Contact: **Labrador Adventures, 709-282-5369; www.caribouhunts.ca
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