Caribou hunting in Canada is becoming extremely popular, and the nice thing about it is that doesn’t take long to take a trophy bull or two. Five days is long enough. The question isn’t if you’ll tag out, but when, and the biggest challenge isn’t finding the caribou, it’s finding something to do after you tag out.
Quite often a whole caribou camp will have tagged out with two record book bulls after three days of hunting. Hunters often ask, after we shoot our two caribou what else is there to do in Northern Manitoba before the plane comes. Here are some other adventures that outfitters will offer to pass the time.
Trophy Canadian Fishing – Pike fishing in Manitoba is second to none, and with these Manitoba monsters often measuring near or above the 50-inch mark, it’s no wonder anglers travel such great distances to toss their line for the beasts. The northern lakes see absolutely no angling pressure for the rest of the year, and the caribou hunting season is only a few weeks long, which means only a few dozen fishermen or so are on these pristine lakes and rivers every year.
The cold northern Manitoba lakes are also famous for Lake Trout. The trout spawn in the fall in the shallows, and it’s at this time of year that you can expect excellent success on the fly rod. Fly fishing for lunker lakers or northern pike is truly the experience of a lifetime for any fly fishermen, beginner or expert.
The rivers in northern Manitoba are also teeming with Arctic Grayling, which can be caught in fast moving water on either fly rods or light spinning tackle.
Upland & Migratory Game Bird Hunting – If fishing isn’t of interest to you, there is always more hunting available. Snow Geese fly through northern Manitoba on their way from the nesting grounds north of the Arctic Circle, to the warmer climate in the south. A handful of decoys and some calling will bring in flocks of hundreds of these white birds.
You can also try your luck at jump shooting the Arctic Grouse or Ptarmigan. These northern birds are beautiful in September, as they are going through their color change from red and brown to brilliant white and they make an excellent addition to the any hunter’s bag.
Gray Wolf – The north is full of Gray Wolves, and they can be hunted under the authority of any big game licence. As such, there are no tagging requirements. Hunters are reminded that the tag affixed to a big game licence must be used for that big game species, but that the licence number is all that is required to possess a wolf taken under the authority of that licence.
Black Bear – There seems to be more and more Black Bear in northern Manitoba every year. Most outfitters will either sell hunts for them as add-ons or offer combo hunts. Regardless of how you go about it, a life-size mount of a Manitoba black bear makes a great addition to any hunter’s trophy room.
Moose Hunting – Our Moose hunting in Manitoba is not very well known, but it is excellent! Northern Manitoba outfitters have taken moose up to 66 inches. Every year hunters take moose in the 50- inch plus range. Again, many outfitters will offer combination hunts for moose, caribou, black bear and goose. The options are almost limitless.
Whether you’re looking for a trophy big game hunt, a waterfowl hunt, or the fly-in fishing trip of a lifetime, Northern Manitoba has the answer.
For more information on a Central Barren Ground Caribou hunt or any of the other exciting hunting and fishing adventures available in Manitoba, Canada, please contact Webber’s Lodges Toll Free at: 1 (888) WEBBERS or 1 (204) 377-5090. You can also e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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