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Trip Planner

Trip Planner

Intro

It is our desire to make your adventure as carefree and surprise free as possible. Upon booking a hunt with us we will provide you with a detailed information package regarding travel, firearms, exportation, lodging before and after hunt, what to bring, and answers to commonly asked questions. We cannot guarantee any hunt as they are all fair chase free range hunts. However, it is our sincere desire for all of our hunters to be successful with a great trophy.

As can happen with weather, bad luck, etc., we will always have one or two extra guides should the need arise that a client needs a few more days. We charge nothing for this but you may need to pay for an off scheduled charter out of camp upon your completion. Although it is our intention to keep our prices reasonable, we charge what it takes to provide our clients with the highest quality hunts available anywhere. You will notice the difference in all aspects of your hunt. Thank you very much for your time and consideration. We hope we can be of assistance for you on a hunt of a lifetime.

Included

INCLUDED IN YOUR HUNT

All lodging, meals, guides, equipment and transportation are included upon your arrival to base camp.  We will professionally handle your trophies and hides for export. Shipping and crating are at your expense; however, we will assist you with arrangements for both.

Not

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR HUNT

Travel to and from Norman Wells, NWT, charters, licenses, government harvest fees, hunter preservation fund, lodging before and after hunts, shipping/exporting trophies, gratuities for guides and staff and 5% G.S.T.

GRATUITIES

GRATUITIES

Tips for your guides and crew have long been a tradition since the beginning of the industry. Typically, 10-15% of the hunt cost is standard and spread out among those who went out of their way and worked extra hard to make your hunt special and enjoyable. If you don’t feel your guide earned a tip, please make Griz or Ginger aware of your grievance.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Plan to arrive in Norman Wells the day before your hunt begins.  We will immediately charter you into camp by float plane that same day.  You will be departing by float plane from camp the day after your hunt ends, returning to Norman Wells.  Plan on spending the night in order to check in your trophies and meat with the Environment of Natural Resources (ENR).  Recommended hotel in Norman Wells is The Heritage Hotel, (867) 587-5000.

Recommended Travel Agent:

We ALWAYS recommend using a travel agent, whether it be Sandy, or one of your own.  In the event changes to your itinerary need to be made, (weather, early outs, etc.) it's very difficult to handle that from camp without a travel agent.  We strongly discourage using 3rd party booking sites such as Expedia, CheapoAir or Travelocity, etc.  

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Recommended travel insurance provider Global Rescue (read more about Global Rescue here). Download the following form to get started.

Download Form

Travel Insurance 2

Recommended provider Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance (read more about Ripcord here).

Purchase Ripcord

LOCAL WEATHER

Before your trip, it is essential to check the weather so you pack appropriately. Here is a link to the local weather:

Local weather for Norman Wells, NWT Canada

What To Bring:

Please limit your total weight to 70 pounds! We use duffles for travel.  They are much better for planes and helicopters.

CLOTHING

  • Rain gear - KUIU Yukon jacket & pants
  • Two-three changes of pants:
    • KUIU - Alpine Pant
    • KUIU - Attack Pro Pant
    • KUIU - Guide Pant
  • Long underwear
  • Two or three T-shirts
    • KUIU  Ultra Merino & Peloton
  • Two or three medium weight shirts
    • KUIU Merino
  • Medium weight coat
    • (I really like KUIU Guide Jacket & Kenai)
  • Warm Coat (Gotta love a good puffy!)
    • KUIU - Super Down Pro or similar
  • Warm hat with ear flaps, balaclava/neck gator
  • Gloves-Light for hiking, then medium for sitting, then KUIU Super Down Glassing Mitts (Love them!) or similar.  Outdoor Research makes great mittens!

FOOTWEAR (Great boots & socks are critical to an enjoyable mountain hunt) 

  • Camps shoes – crocs or similar
  • One pair of comfortable hiking boots (WELL BROKEN IN!)
    • LOWA - Hunter GTX Evo Extreme
    • SCHNEES - Granite
    • KENETREK - Mountain Extreme 400
    • SCARPA - Rebel Ultra GTX
  • Several pairs of good wool socks (Merino wool or similar)
  • Good gaiters (Outdoor Research, KUIU - Yukon Gaiters, etc.)

SLEEPING

  • Quality sleeping bag (I recommend 0° F bag - ALWAYS!) 
    • KUIU Super Down Bag 0° (Long)
    • KLYMIT - KSB 0° BAG
  • Sleeping pad
    • KLYMIT - Insulated Static V Recon, NEOAIR or EXPED

HUNTING EQUIPMENT

  • Your favorite rifle with a sling, scope and scope covers. Bikini style.
  • Two (2) boxes shells
  • Binoculars-10 x 42 (Good quality recommended)
  • Knife
  • Walking Stick
  • Internal or external frame pack with rain cover, (5000-7000 cubic inch capacity)
  • Flashlight, headlamp & extra batteries
  • Two (2) good quart water bottles
  • Spotting scope and tripod (optional)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Baseball cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Paperback book or two for weather days
  • Camera & extra batteries

PERSONAL

  • Personal toiletry kit
  • Sunscreen, lip balm
  • Prescription medicines
  • 30-40 pack baby wipes
  • Moleskin and/or blister kit
  • Cash for gratuities, etc.