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Bowhunting Muskox in Canada

While some scoring organizations have different categories of muskox, Pope and Young recognizes all muskox in one classification. The Inuit name for muskox in Umingmak. While many bowhunters have a misconception of muskox hunting, it is truly a great Artic adventure. Success rates on muskox are as close to 100% as can be stated, but the success rate should not convey that muskox hunting is "easy".

While certain areas require muskox hunters to be pulled by a dog team, many areas allow the use of snow mobile in transporting the hunter across what can be hundreds of miles of frozen tundra. Some hunts utilize cabins set up on the tundra with fuel oil stoves, while others rely on portable camps, tents etc. that are set up each night in different locations. Covering up to 100 miles a day in a sled being towed by a snowmobile can lead to a bone jarring experience one will never forget. Add temperatures on the spring hunts that may never get to -20F, equipment failures, mounds of clothing, the hunt becomes anything but "easy". The Artic, in winter is truly an adventure in itself. Hunts are also conducted in the fall, with more moderate temperatures. Transportation for these hunts is by boat and ATV.

Travel to the Artic locations can be expensive which is another consideration. Some hunts require an additional bush flight that can add even more. Licenses and tags are very reasonable, however. A muskox makes an outstanding addition to anyone's trophy room and the pleasant Inuit people add to an unforgettable adventure. The P & Y minimum score for muskox is 90”.

Mark Buehrer
North American Consultant
mark@bowhuntingsafari.com

Jay Osting
North American Consultant
jay@bowhuntingsafari.com