When Caribou Hunting with dogs in Quebec Canada the main area of hunting, the Minto Lake region, forms the headwaters of the majestic Leaf River and is one of the largest fresh water lake systems found in the western sectors of Hudson's Bay. Large lakes such as Minto Lake, with its rich habitat and immense waterways help slow down caribou migrations and hold the animals longer. Throughout this inland region of Hudson's Bay and its coastal areas, When Quebec Canada Caribou Hunting the hunters will find a true arctic environment, rich in lichens and browse sought after by hungry and migrating caribou of the Leaf River herd. The last census and survey of the herds passing through and seasonally using the Minto Lake areas have been evaluated at over 500,000 head.
"An incredibly large lake
with lots of accessible territory!"
"Boat mobility is the key"
The tundra landmass surrounding
Minto Lake is an incredibly rich forage base for trophy
bulls that are looking to put on weight prior to the rut.
Sparse stands of small black spruce trees litter the shores
of Minto Lake while true tundra like habitat with it
boulders and dwarf willows dominate the landscape. The
entire land mass, with its hundreds of lakes and rolling
topography, offer hunters thousands of caribou migration
corridors with natural crossing areas between the many
lakes. From the air, caribou migration
trails and sign is everywhere. Thousands of caribou trails
and migration routes scar the landscape, indicating the
tremendous volume of animals that have passed through the
region over many years. The absence of hunting pressure from
other outfitters on our 2,000 square miles of our native
land lease, allow the caribou a more natural and less
hurried migration, thus increasing the amount of time they
spend in the area. Our large boats and big outboards offer
incredible mobility and security around this large body of
water, allowing hunters an immense waterway to scout and
hunt. Judging by the quality of caribou bulls sighted by
Tuttulik hunters during the past several seasons, these
native traditional hunting lands of the Hudson's Bay Inuit
have proven to be a trophy caribou hunting paradise.
Tuttulik Outfitters is a Quebec Canada Hunting Outfitter and Quebec Caribou Hunting Outfitters
What happens if the caribou don't show up? Most outfitters use the phrase we will move you if necessary! Tuttulik Outfitters on the other hand has decided to use a different approach. Since it is so hard to promise that the planes would be available to move you, Tuttulik has decided to offer a return trip, to clients who do not have the opportunity to take an animal at almost 1/2 the price plus caribou tags the following year. This offer cannot be used with any other offers, is not transferable and must be used the following year, if at all possible.
"Brand new camps"
Tuttulik Outfitters has recently built 4 brand new camps that have been located strategically to allow our hunting dogs & fishing operation to cover the entire eastern, western and northeastern sectors of the Minto Lake region. The camps have been chosen for their geographic location in relation to the main migration routes of the Leaf River Caribou herds as they leave their summer ranges. The camps are spread out and situated, from 45 to 100 miles inland or east of Hudson's Bay.
"Big 23' boats, new motors, and hot showers"
Each of the 4 camps offers accommodations for 8-10 hunters that includes a full kitchen, main camp for sleeping, guides quarters and meat storage facility. Equipment such as large 23' boats with big outboard motors, a 4 wheel all terrain vehicle with trailer, and satellite telephone communications are standard issue for each of the 4 sites. Each camp is full insulated, well furnished and heated by stove oil. In the evenings, clients also have the luxury of a hot shower and electricity generated by our gas generators. Nothing has been spared to keep our hunters dry, warm, and well fed in this artic environment. Each camp also has its own runway to allow for twin-engine turbo prop access with the twin-otter on tundra wheels stationed in Kuujjuarapik.
"New Working Man Hunt"
This hunt is conducted at the old Umiujaq Outfitters camps located on and near Lac Minto in Northwestern Quebec. These camps were made famous by all the trophy Pope & Young, Boone & Crockett bulls that were harvested there over the years. UOl operated these camps from 1994-2001, when the camps were included with Tuttulik Outfitters Inc. At that time the drive up hunt to Radisson was discontinued, and these camps were not used, except when necessary! Well now it is back! We will be offering this hunt for years to come, these camps are great for the do it yourselfer who enjoys hunting with a few of his buddies, helping each other. Tuttulik will always have at least 1 camp man there to shuttle the hunters with dogs from place to place as needed by boat. The waters in this part of the world are very treacherous, and not to be taken lightly! Your safety is paramount in our minds. Satellite Telephone service will be available also at these camps.
The clients hunting these camps in 1996-1997 took first place at the 1997 Pope & Young Banquet in Omaha, along with 7 other places in the top 10. Then in 1999 and again in 2003 the top honors went to Tuttulik's clients from animals harvested on Lac Minto. These camps we use for these drive up hunts have the potential to produce the next world record, of course all of Tuttuliks camps have the same ability. Right now there are 5 camps in the drive up system from Radisson and 4 other camps that are operated out of Montreal. All of our drive up camps has to be serviced by floatplanes, whereas the trips from Montreal have tundra-based airstrips.
These camps are more rustic than our fancier fly in camps but everything you will need to keep you warm, comfortable and dry will be there. Bag showers will also be there for your use, as a whole week without a shower can get rough, been there done that. All you will need to prepare your meals; the whole basic package will be there for your use. We also plan to have a small vacuum packer there for your use and your more than welcome to bring one from home. Vacuum packers and bags weigh little but can save you considerable headaches in dealing with your meat on the way home. Taking the time to butcher the quarters here not only gets the weight issue we have with the planes in line but also protects the meat. Once it is sealed, it would be hard to lose your meat on the way home. We will have large bags in camp that you can use to seal your capes in for the trip out. We have generators at all sites, so electricity for charging video batteries, vacuum packers is not an issue.
Many of our old clients have reemerged after finding out that we now have the drive up again. They remember the trips they have done in the past with us and several dozen of them have already booked for future hunts. Don't be left out, if you think you cannot afford the cost of a hunt from Montreal, then here is your option, give it a try! One warning though, this hunt is extremely habit forming and most of you will be back.
All Inclusive Package from Montreal:
$4395.00 US + Tags - 2007 Price
$4595.00 US + Tags - 2008 Price
(2007 price increase effective Sept. 1st 2006)
Motel in Montreal, night of your arrival.
Secure parking lot at the hotel is available for your use.
5 full days of hunting. ( 6 day trip ).
Round Trip air transport from Montreal to the camps, and return.
70 lb. gear includes all gear and sleeping bag; small carry on allowed not to exceed 10 lb. Over 70 lb. $10.00 lb., $5.00 per pound in, $5.00 per pound out USF.
2 Caribou racks, all trophy racks are transported whole back to Montreal if you are going to put them in the book. If they are not trophy racks or if you are not going to put them in the book, the racks will be split for transport to Montreal. We would like a copy of your record book documentation.
1 Caribou cape prepared by Camp Personnel.
Boned hinds and back straps. (All front shoulders are donated to the Hunter Support program in the villages and the care center in Montreal) Meat processing will be offered at an additional cost.
200 lb. transported out 70 lb. of gear you took in and approximately 130 lb. of Antlers, Cape and Meat.
All food prepared by Tuttulik's cook.
Insulated camps, quality accommodations, oil heated. Hot showers. Satellite telephone communications. Personal use is $ 3.00 per minute.
All Federal and Provincial taxes. All rebates have been applied. No rebate entitlement to the client.
Plastic Meat boxes, antler wrap for clients flying into Montreal, salt.
Combined fishing and hunting in season. (Until Sept. 7th) Catch and release fishing available after Sept 7 until Sept 30th Lake Trout only.
Bear hunting in season, if you purchase the necessary tags.
Camp manager and assistant.
Deposit of $1000. Required to book hunt.
Travel expenses to and from Montreal or during any layovers.
Additional Cape. (Surcharge of $100.00 for second cape)
Caribou hunting license.
Bear or Fishing licenses.
Any other expenses not covered in "Included list".
Meaning: Which resembles a boat
It is at the foot of a hill resembling an overturned umiaq (traditional Inuit walrus-skin boat) that Umiujaq was established. The landscape around the village is splendid and varied. Exploration is particularly enjoyable by foot as the mountainous surroundings are well drained with only a few lakes.
Richmond Gulf (Tasiujaq), located 15 km east of the village, is an immense inland bay. It is joined with Hudson Bay by a rocky, glacier-polished gulch, named the "Goulet," which resembles a canyon. Due to the strong current, the passage does not freeze even in winter. The western shores of the Gulf are bordered by beaches and remarkable cliffs. The many rivers flowing into the Gulf make its water brackish but a healthy habitat for brook trout and whitefish, seal and beluga. This sheltered maritime environment also nurtures scattered black spruce and larch, defying the surrounding tundra. On the south shore, there can still be seen the remnants of an abandoned Hudson's Bay Company trading post.
From the cliffs of Richmond Gulf, there is a spectacular view to the west of Hudson Bay and the nearby Nastapoka Islands. Many species of birds, such as common loons, eider ducks and peregrine falcons, find summer shelter and nest here. Like the Manitounuk Islands near Kuujjuarapik, the Nastapoka are, in geographical terms, cuestas. The abrupt, rocky cliffs plunge into Nastapoka Sound, where the water can reach 110m deep. Only 30 km to the north of Umiujaq is the Nastapoka River which possesses a scenic 30-m-high falls. The river estuary is an extraordinary place for anglers and hikers, alike.
Located about 160 km north of Kuujjuarapik, Umiujaq was established in 1986. In light of the La Grande hydro-electric project and the proposed Great Whale hydro-electric project, Inuit negotiated a clause into the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement that provided for the relocation of Inuit from Kuujjuarapik to the Richmond Gulf. In 1982, by way of referendum, they opted to create a new community where they could preserve their traditional lifestyle in an area where fish and game were not threatened. After numerous archaeological, ecological and land planning studies, construction of the little village of Umiujaq began in the summer of 1985 and ended in December 1986. During the construction period, Inuit from Kuujjuarapik, who had decided to relocate to Umiujaq, lived in tents in the area of their future community.
Clearwater Lake: third largest natural lake in Quebec
Seal Lake and Lower Seal Lake: support a population of seal adapted to fresh water
Collection of traditional tools and household items as well as artefacts found during the archaeological excavations prior to construction of the village: displayed at the offices of the municipal council.
Source: Nunavik Tourism Association