The Blackstone area has produced some tremendous trophy caribou over the years. We have a healthy resident herd of Mountain Caribou in the southern part of our area. They can be hunted either as an add-on to our sheep or moose hunts, or as a separate hunt throughout our season. These hunts are mainly done by horseback, but occasionally can be hunted backpack style.
Our area is the heart of the winter range of the famous Porcupine Caribou herd. These Barren Ground Caribou migrate from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Over the years we have enabled clients to witness this migration and harvest tremendous trophy class bulls. This is an awe-inspiring sight and an experience of a lifetime, which can be matched in very few other places in the world. It is common to see 4,000 to 5,000 caribou during a hunt. We usually hunt these caribou on foot. The census taken in 2010 shows the herd numbering over 180,000. The last census taken 10 years prior showed a count of 120,000. This herd is the largest in the Yukon Territory and we are very happy to see the population increasing when several northern herds have declined in recent years.
Although the caribou herd is a large and healthy, there are years that they don’t migrate into our area in time for our season. With this in mind we don’t book hunts for a set date, but on an on call basis. The migration usually occurs sometime in October.