Grizzly Bear Hunts

Grizzly Bear Hunts

Height: 3.5 feet on all fours – 6.6 feet on hind legs
Weight: 330 – 850lbs
Length: 6 feet average
Top Speed: 40mph for short bursts
Diet: Caribou are a very important food source. The grizzly also feeds on small mammals like lemmings, red-backed voles, squirrels, birds, ringed seals, beached whales, spawning fish, and various berries and vegetation during the summer.
Social Behavior: Generally solitary animals, although they may be seen feeding in the same area. Cubs (usually 2) will stay with the mother for 2-3 years.
Natural Enemies: Man
Special Attributes: Very keen sense of smell and hearing. They den in late October and November to begin their hibernation.
Notes: The grizzly is considered the most aggressive of all bears.

Barren ground grizzly – Pure animal

Every year a few select hunters are lucky enough to shoot for one of the world’s most sought after predators – the barren ground grizzly. On the vast tundra of Nunavut, the grizzly population continues to thrive and expand its territory. Our spring hunts have been 100% successful, though trophy bears are not always located.

Hunting during this season is done via snow machine, which enables you to cover far more ground than possible in fall conditions, and provides a huge advantage when looking for these highly mobile animals. Unseasonably warm or cold weather or other conditions beyond our control may affect your hunt. If there’s a change in the route the caribou take, or a blizzard, your hunt may not be exactly as described. Your transportation is a large wooden sled pulled by your guide. In the past, comfort on these sleds has not been the best. We are experimenting with a shock absorption system.

In size, the barren ground grizzly compares well to the mountain grizzly of Yukon or Alaska. It is not as big as the lowland grizzly that is found along the salmon rivers of British Columbia or Alaska. Exceptional specimens of barren ground grizzly may reach eight or nine feet. At any size, this bear is well known for its ferocity. And fears no animal – man included.

In 2002, Mike Deschamps (an Adventure Northwest hunter guided by Sam Kapolak) killed what we hear is the new #1 barren ground grizzly with a bow. It may also be #2 with any weapon. Mike also took a wolf with his bow. In 2004 May and Ned Timmons took two bears that were very representative of the population in the area. During this hunt, cold weather drove the bears back into their dens and many miles were needed to take the second bear.


Clients are responsible for their own transportation to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Here you will be met by your guide and taken to get a hunting license.Weather permitting you will leave the next day for your hunt. Hunt is one on one and you will be staying in canvas wall tents and/or cabins. Guides decide on where to camp depending on weather and bear activity. There is a very good opportunity to see wolves on this hunt. Hunt is over when a bear is harvested and you will return to Cambridge Bay.

  • Based on past experience we strongly urge Adventure Northwest clients to consider Cancellation Insurance when booking their hunt(s).
  • pricing + details

    1 Bear
    $13,500.00 USD

    1 bear, 1 muskox

    $21,500.00 USD

    1 Wolf harvest fee (payable only if taken)
    $1000.00 USD

    What’s Included

    • Accommodation/meals while in camp
    • One guide for every hunter
    • Field prep of trophy hides and meat.

    Not Included

    • Government license and trophy fees
    • 5% goods and service tax
    • Meat processing
    • Canadian firearms import fee (if applicable)
    • Your travel to Cambridge Bay and all costs associated with that