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 50% 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. Even with our close proximity to the community, these animals are not generally targeted by local hunters. This has led our hunters to enjoy near 100% success 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 hotel in Baker Lake to provide private rooms and excellent meals for our hunters. The fall hunts are based out of comfortable tent camps on the tundra in the Musk Ox area.
Spring Musk Ox Hunts
Our Spring hunts will have hunters and guides using snow machine to access the areas being used by Musk Ox. Once in the general area, we will glass to locate the herd and field judge them. If an exceptional animal 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.
Although hunts are guided one on one, hunts will be carried out with two guides taking out two hunters. 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. Any meat left behind by the hunters will be donated to the community. 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.
Fall Musk Ox Hunts
Our fall Musk Ox hunts will be based out of comfortable tent camps, a short bush flight out of the community of Baker Lake. We will access the Musk Ox area 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 the lake.
These hunts are guided one on one 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. At the end of the hunt, these items will be brought back to Baker Lake with the hunter.
Dates and Rates
Spring Musk Ox Hunts (maximum of 8 hunters)
- April 18-24, 2017
- April 24-30, 2017
Fall Musk Ox Hunts (maximum of 8 hunters)
- September 1-7, 2017
- September 7-13, 2017
ALL PRICES IN US FUNDS OR EQUIVALENT
Spring Musk Ox – $13,500 plus tax
Fall Musk Ox – $13,500 plus tax
- Airfare from Winnipeg to Baker Lake and return
- Air charter from Baker Lake to camp on fall hunts
- Professional 1 x 1 guiding
- 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
- Travel to and from your location to Winnipeg
- Meals and accommodations in Winnipeg or Southern stopover
- Shipping of trophies and meat
- 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.
- Deposits of $4,000 per hunter are required. Bookings will not be considered complete until the deposit is received. Deposits may be made by check, credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or wire transfer.
- Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure and can be paid by check, wire transfer or credit card (Visa or MasterCard) with a 3% fee.
- Full payment must accompany any reservation made less than 90 days prior to departure
Once final payment has been received, you will receive an information package regarding your trip details.
Send deposits to:
PO Box 10
Ile des Chenes MB