Our Musk Ox hunts are based out of the community of Baker Lake. In springtime, herds of Musk Ox can be found within short snow machine rides of town (usually between 30-45 minutes). Late summer and early fall will find the animals near the lake and along the rivers as they herd up for the Musk Ox rut.

The animals of this area are of the Barren Ground sub species of Musk Ox.  These animals are larger than their island cousins by about 10-15% in body and horn size. On average, well over 80% of the animals taken by hunters with Henik Lake Adventures will meet or exceed the Boone & Crockett minimum score.

This area is virtually un-hunted for Muskox. Even with our close proximity to the community, these animals are not generally targeted by local hunters.  This has led our hunters to enjoy a 100% success rate on previous Musk Ox hunts.

By hunting in this area, we are able to take advantage of the comfortable accommodations not traditionally experienced by Musk Ox hunters. During the spring we use a lodge in Baker Lake to provide private rooms (with end of day hot showers) and excellent meals for our hunters. The fall hunts are based out of basic, but comfortable tent camps on the tundra in the Musk Ox area.

Spring Musk Ox Hunts

During this time of year, the Muskox “coat” is at it’s absolute best. Full, thick and very clean. They have survived another Canadian Arctic winter with its extreme cold and bitter winds.

Our Spring hunts will have hunters and guides using snow machine to access the areas being used by Musk Ox. Our hunters do not ride on the back of Komatiks. We try to ensure each guest has his or her own snowmachine. Once in the general area, we will move around and glass to locate the herds and field judge them. If an exceptional bull is spotted, the hunter and guide will then stalk in, hopefully getting close enough for a clean shot at the target bull. Most groups of Musk Ox will have several trophy bulls their midst. During a hunt in the spring of 2018, we took 3 B & C bulls out of a herd of roughly 30 animals.

Most hunts are guided one on one, unless specified otherwise. Because of the remote locations of these hunts, once we get out into the traditional Muskox areas, we will split the group of 4 hunters in 2, with each set of guides taking a group. This will provide a higher level of safety. It also allows a downed Musk Ox bull to be taken care of more quickly.

After your bull is down, your guide will field prep your meat and trophy. Animals will be skinned as per hunter’s request (shoulder, full size or no mount), while the meat will be deboned and brought back to the community. Hunters can take some meat home with them. The back straps, tenderloins, a few roasts etc. The rest will be donated to the community, which is very much appreciated. Outside temperature at this time of year will ensure capes and meat will not spoil.

Once your Musk Ox is down, the hunt will be considered complete. If the hunter chooses to depart early, our office will help with changes to flight itineraries from Baker Lake to Winnipeg. Usually, we can have the hunter back in Winnipeg the following day after the kill.

Fall Musk Ox Hunts

Kirk Reed Musk Ox Hunt

Our fall Musk Ox hunts will be based out of comfortable tent camps, a short bush flight out of the community of Baker Lake. Once in camp, we will access the different Musk Ox area’s by boat, ATV or by hiking.  Animals at this time of year will be concentrated near water, either Baker Lake itself, or one of the large rivers feeding or draining into the lake.

These hunts are guided one on one (unless specified otherwise) and hunter and guide will travel to traditional Musk Ox areas and glass for groups of Musk Ox. This time of year, the rut is on and most groups will have a dominant bull that will be larger than other members of the herd. Once the animal is located and it is determined stalk-worthy, the hunter and guide will move in.

With bulls competing for breeding rites, and the available foliage and terrain, this hunt will be conducive for fair chase bowhunting opportunities.

Once the animal is down, the guide will field prep your trophy and meat per your instruction. Capes, horns and meat will be brought back to camp to be cooled. We arrange a mid-hunt pickup of meat and capes just to ensure nothing spoils. Everything is brought back to Baker Lake where it goes into a freezer. Because of the remoteness of Baker Lake, and the other Arctic communities in general, freight into and out of these communities is usually pre-determined days, weeks and sometimes months beforehand. Because of this, there are no guarantees your animal will accompany you on your flight back to Winnipeg. We usually end up shipping all trophies at one time to Gates Taxidermy in Winnipeg. Gates can either be entrusted to do the work you require or they can forward your trophy to a taxidermist of your choice back home.

Payment Terms

Spring Musk Ox:

A deposit equaling 50% of your total package price is due within 14 days of booking. Bookings will not be considered complete until the deposit and completed booking forms is received. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable (except as noted under “Cancellation Policy”). All remaining balances are due in full 90 days prior to your hunt date, the year of your trip. (the “Trip Start Date”). If you are booking a year in advance, a minimum deposit of $4,000.00 is due within 14 days of booking. On January 31 of the year of the Trip Start Date, the final balance is due in full. If you are booking fewer than 90 days prior to the Trip Start Date, full payment of the total package price is due upon booking.

Payments can be made by Visa or Master Card (a 3% surcharge applies to credit card payments), wire transfer (extra fees might apply), cheque or money order.

Fall Musk Ox:

A deposit equaling 50% of your total package price is due within 14 days of booking. Bookings will not be considered complete until the deposit is received. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable (except as noted under “Cancellation Policy”). All remaining balances are due in full 90 days prior to your hunt date, the year of your trip. (the “Trip Start Date”). If you are booking a year in advance, a minimum deposit of $4,000.00 is due within 14 days of booking. On January 1 of the year of the Trip Start Date, the remainder of the 50% deposit must be paid. The remaining balance (50%) of the total package price is due in full 90 days prior to the Trip Start Date.

Payments can be made by Visa or Master Card (a 3% surcharge applies to credit card payments), wire transfer (extra fees might apply), cheque or money order.

Send deposits to:

The Lodge at Little Duck
650 – 5 Donald Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 2T4
Canada

 What’s Included

  • Airfare from Winnipeg to Baker Lake and return
  • Air charter from Baker Lake to camp on fall hunts
  • Professional 1 x 1 guiding (unless specified otherwise)
  • Hotel accommodations and meals on spring hunt
  • Tent camp accommodations and meals on fall hunt
  • Musk Ox license, tag and HTO fee
  • Snow machine rental (if required)
  • Field prep of meat and trophy

Not Included

  • Travel to and from your location to Winnipeg
  • Meals and accommodations in Winnipeg or Southern stopover
  • Shipping of trophies and meat
  • Gratuities
  • Taxidermy charges
  • Excess baggage fees, any costs incurred by delays due to weather or mechanical problems

Once an animal is wounded, every effort will be made to recover that animal. Regardless of the outcome, the tag will be considered filled for that animal.

Testimonial

Dave,

I want to take a few minutes and tell you how thrilled my close friend and I are with our experience in Baker Lake with you and your Henik Lake Adventures/The Lodge at Little Duck team.

I want to start at the beginning, SCI 2017, where I had struggled to find a competent outfitter to hunt Muskox. I spent a lot of time with your associate, Russ Mehling, and was immediately impressed. We booked two hunts and never looked back.

Fast forward to a few months before the hunt with lots of question regarding everything from transportation to equipment. You were always quick to respond, open to a phone call anytime, and provided accurate information.

The “Hunt”, as always is the whole experience. From the time we left the states and arrived at Baker Lake until we parted company in Winnipeg on the way home. Here are thoughts and reflections:

-Lodge/food, service and courtesy were “World Class”. The community of Baker Lake is incredible in the way of tradition, cleanliness and the warm greeting for a total stranger.

-Guides, absolutely the “real deal”. Peter, the head guide, started hunting when he was five years old with his father on a dogsled. Yes, Peter knows the territory and guaranteed to keep you safe and focused.

-The Hunt, exciting and sometimes I felt as if I was dreaming and had just landed on the moon. It is rough terrain, nothing around but exhibits incredible beauty as there is no other place on earth like it.

-We shot two “world class” Muskox bulls, just incredible. I had never seen one in person, only on documentary’s and in magazines. They are majestic and take your breath away!

I can’t say enough for making it possible for both of us to fulfill “Bucket List” dreams.

Thanks again, we are looking forward to a Caribou hunt with you in 2019!