Experience the vast wilds of Northern Manitoba while pursuing the majestic Barren Ground Caribou, with Gage Outdoor Expeditions. Trophy class caribou in Canada, The Qumanirjuaq herd migrate across this expansive tundra. Our caribou hunting lodges are located in the heart of this Trophy Caribou territory. We offer 3 camps, located in the heart of the Caribou staging grounds,giving us the ability to put you right where the caribou herd is!
The Central Barren Ground caribou, with a population in excess of 550,000, offer big game hunters the ultimate Trophy caribou hunt experience. Few hunters have afforded themselves the opportunity to pursue this majestic beast in some of the most remote, unspoiled wilderness on earth. The adventure begins through Thompson, Manitoba.
Special Note: Due to our new arrangements on this hunt, hunters will be extremely limited as to how much meat they can take home. Only backstraps and tenderloins may be taken by the hunter. The remainder of the meat will be sent to Northern communities in need.
Our Trophy Caribou Lodges in Canada are located less than 10 miles south of the Nunavut border and 140 miles Northwest of Churchill, Manitoba, very close to the calving grounds of the caribou herd. To ensure the best possible caribou hunt for you, we do limit our season to the 3 weeks in September when their numbers are most abundant. Travel to the barrenlands, the Land of the Midnight Sun, home of the Aurora Borealis -- unchanged wilderness since the beginning of time. The Gage central barren ground Caribou Hunting Lodge combines all the comforts of home with a rustic character that lends itself to this magestic land. We offer real comfort in this remote wilderness setting with private cabin accommodation for up to 10 in each camp. Electricity and indoor plumbing, comfortable lounge, and a restaurant style kitchen. Freezers and modern equipment all combine to make this Trophy Caribou Hunting Lodge the premier hunting and fishing location in the Manitoba. Wildlife, which is unique to the Canadian Arctic, is abundant. The migration of the Central Barren Ground Caribou herd is one of the last remaining, true spectacles of nature and can be witnessed annually in Manitoba.
Whether you come to capture giant Lake Trout, fly fish for Arctic Grayling, or to photograph the Arctic Tundra, our professional caribou hunting guides and staff will help make your trip safe and enjoyable.
CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS at the caribou camp
The caribou camp’s proximity to the caribou staging areas is key, as hunting success does not depend purely on the timing of the caribou migration. We offer six day trophy caribou hunting packages ensuring that the caribou are close when the hunters are in camp. Due to our superb locations in Manitoba, Canada our caribou hunting packages have a success rate of close to 100% over the past twenty years. Whether archery hunting for trophy Canada caribou or rifle, we have the ability to get you close to the caribou, which translates into opportunities for you. The caribou hunting in Manitoba, Canada consists of spot and stalk or ambush hunting. You will find that our Canada caribou hunting packages have a number of strong advantages that most caribou hunting lodges in Manitoba can’t duplicate.
2015 was a difficult year in Manitoba for caribou hunters. The caribou had a very late migration out of Nunavet and followed slightly different routes than past years. As with any hunting, weather and other factors make no hunt guaranteed but we have complete confidence that the caribou will be back to their normal patterns for the fall hunting of 2016
2013-2014 were great with close to 100% success rates although 2 hunters did not take a second caribou. Average trophy sizes were 325-375.
For our 2013 Central Barren Ground Caribou Hunts we had a 100% success rate. All hunters had successful caribou hunts this fall. One hunter missed on his second caribou but all other hunters, including archery, were successful
Archery caribou hunters often have increased success with us due to fact that the caribou are not always migrating through the area. When large herds of caribou are moving through an area it can be very difficult to get close to the Trophy bull caribou, especially when attempting to harvest a trophy caribou with a bow. In addition to a close to 100% success rate, we have an good opportunities for Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young Trophy Caribou. Professional and experienced guides are able to rough out a score to help you harvest just the right animal for you.
Canada Non-Resident Firearm Declaration Form 909 – Hunters must fill out the Non-Resident Firearm Declaration Form 909 before you leave for your hunt. Don't try and fill it out at the border, this will upset the Canadian Customs officials and their routine. Fill out this form online and then print 3 copies. Double check your firearms details, especially the serial number, before you hit the print button. Do not sign this form until you are at the border and the officials there ask you to sign it. You will need to present the form with your passport. There is a fee for the permit and it is $25 CND. You must pay for your permit in Canadian dollars or by MasterCard, Visa or American Express. Canadian Customs does not except U.S. Currency. Remember to always carry your firearms permit and identification while you are in the field. To obtain your firearms application, go to the official Canadian Firearms Program page.
Manitoba Conservation has recently implemented new requirements for license eligibility to hunt in Manitoba. All hunters are required to have a valid Hunter Education Certificate (or the equivalent in your home state/province) to purchase/possess a license in Manitoba & must have the certificate on them at all times when hunting.
Just thought you might like to see what a little bit of caribou heaven. Jeremy and I has a great caribou hunt in Northern Manitoba. It was a great hunt from start to finish. We had the opportunity to harvest our bulls in less than 2 days. We could be as selective as we wanted to be. The caribou was around us from the time we entered the field till we went to bed at night as they were walking with 150 yards of the lodge. It was a great bunch of guys that Jeremy I and had the opportunity to meet and to get to know. It will a treasured hunt and one that we hope to repeat. Thanks for the work in setting it up. Happy hunting, Jeff
There are 2 heards of Central Barren Ground Caribou. The Beverly herd and the Qamanirjuaq herd and we are hunting the Qamanirjuaq caribou herd. In addition to the Barren ground caribou there are four other types of caribou.
The Qamanirjuaq caribou herd numbers arounc 500,000 animals. The caribou spend their summers in the barren grounds of Nunavut, calving at Qamanirjuaq Lake, then migrating down late every summer, spending their winter in Manitoba's Northern Forests. You will be hunting the Qamanirjuaq caribou herd of Manitoba with Gage Outdoor Expeditions. We are the northermost caribou hunting outfitter in Manitoba and our caribou hunting camps are just south of the calving grounds.
The Mountain Caribou, hunted in Alberta, British Columbia, and portions of the Yukon and the MacKenzie Mountains of the NWT's, and Barren Ground Caribou (taken in Alaska, and portions of the Yukonhunted on Baffin Island, and in a portion of the NWT's east of the Mackenzie River and west of Hudson's Bay, are the largest caribou in Canada. This type of caribou hunting can be slightly more difficult than the other four due to the terrain the caribou make their home and the fact that the mountain caribou do not migrate. The mountain caribou, primarily located in British Columbia, move up and down the mountain but do not migrate long distances as the barren ground caribou, Quebec Labrador caribou and central barren ground caribou.
The Quebec Labrador caribou are found, believe it or not, in Quebec and other parts of northern Canada. Caribou hunting for the Quebec Labrador is very popular due to the size of the caribou antlers. The Quebec Labrador caribou on average, have slightly larger head gear than the barren ground caribou, but many caribou hunters prefer the character of the antlers on the barren ground caribou.
The Alaskan Barren Ground Caribou is one of five species of Caribou found in North America. They are found throughout much of Alaska, and a portion of the Yukon Territory. While there are many different herds of caribou in Alaska, they are all classified as Barren Ground. One of the most well known herds, and the largest is the Mulchatna herd. The Woodland caribou are located only in Newfoundland although the caribou in other provinces, which can be found in the boreal forests are sometimes confused with the woodland caribou.