Planning your Hunting Or Fishing Adventure
The weather in the sub-arctic is very unpredictable and can change without notice 10 times per day. Depending on when your hunt is scheduled, the weather will vary considerably. For August hunts, you should plan on daytime temperatures in the 50-60’s and night time temperatures just above freezing. Please ensure that you have proper protection against black flies and mosquitos. September hunts will see daytime temperatures in the 30-50’s and just below freezing temperatures at night. No matter when you are hunting, it is important to always plan for rain/snow and wind. Not having the proper protection against the elements can certainly put a damper on your experience. Please refer to the recommended packing list.
Non-residents of Canada
- Non-resident firearm declaration form (no requirements for archery equipment)
- CBP4457 (US Customs declaration - optional)
- Past hunting license or hunters' safety certificate from any State
- Identification (i.e. driver's license / health card)
- Past hunting license or hunters' safety certificate from any Province
- Identification (i.e. driver's license / health card)
- Quebec hunting card
Pack Checklist and Gear Suggestions
Need to know what to bring? Great news, we have a checklist here you can print out and make sure that you do not forget anything back home!
Travel from Home to MontrealIf you are traveling by air to Montreal, it is recommended that you allow 1 day on the end of your trip for the possibility of bad weather. Otherwise, be prepared to pay a penalty fee to your airline for any changes in reservations. The weather in the North is very unpredictable and can cause flight delays. This especially applies to those hunting later in September, but can of course occur during any week of our hunting season.
The airport that you will be arriving at in Montreal is called Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport.
Do not keep your ammunition in the same case as your firearm or in your carry-on. Most commercial airlines require that you install a trigger lock as well as a lock on the case during transportation.
Remember that the official language in Quebec is French. All road signs will be in French, however most of the population speaks English as well in case you need to ask for directions!
****Every non-resident of Canada carrying a rifle, whether traveling by air or by road must have a completed (but not signed!) Non-Resident Firearms Declaration Form with them when entering Canada. A $25 fee will be charged by Canada Customs for each form on which you can register up to 3 firearms in your name. HANDGUNS AND FULLY AUTOMATIC WEAPONS ARE ILLEGAL IN CANADA***
Weapons & Rods
- Pack guns and ammo separately in locked cases. Guns should have trigger locks.
- No handguns or fully automatic weapons allowed for hunting.
- Clips are limited to five rounds.
- Rifles must have min. barrel length of 470mm or 18.5 inches.
- For hunting caribou, rifles must be of .243 cal. or larger. However, we recommend scoped rifles in the following calibre's: 270WIN., 280RCM., 308WIN., 30-06SPRG., 7mm and 300mag. sighted in for 200 yards. Also recommended is a Kolpin gun boot for safe transportation.
- Muzzle-loaders must be of .50 cal. or larger.
- For those using black powder firearms, you are not legally allowed to fly with black powder. Let us know (no later than mid-June) if you need some, and if so, what kind. We will have it for you to purchase at base camp.
- Be able to produce photo identification (passport, driver’s license).
- Must have a hunter safety card or hunting license from your state.
***All rifles must be registered by non-residents with a Canadian customs official when entering the country. There is a $25.00 fee for which you can register up to 3 rifles on the same declaration form.
Note: This form must be signed in front of a Customs officer. Anyone with a felony could be refused entry to Canada. If you have been charged with a felony we recommend you check your status with Canadian Immigration concerning entry. ***
- According to the law, the minimum draw weight is 40 lbs. However, we recommend 55 lbs. as a minimum draw weight with broad heads cutting a 7/8"diameter hole min.
- We recommend bringing a medium action spinning rod. Recommended lures are red & white dare devils, little cleos, 5 of diamonds and mepps. We stock the most popular lures for sale in our office if required. Fishing after Sept. 7th is catch & release only and requires single barbless hooks.
- High water level: 9-10’ rod with a sinking tip line or a sinking line (8, 9 or 10 weight)
- Low water level: 9-10’ rod with a floating line (8 or 9 weight)
- Leaders: An 8-12 lb test leader the same length as the fishing rod should be used in shallow water. In deep water, shorten the leader if you are using a sinking line. A 2’ leader up to 15 lbs test will work well with a sinking line.
- Download our info package for detailed pictures of recommended flies!
Brook & Lake Trout Fishing:
- We recommend bringing a medium action spinning rod with 10-15 lb test line. Recommended lures are red & white dare devils, little cleos, 5 of diamonds and mepps. We stock the most popular lures for sale in our office if required. Fishing after Sept. 7th is catch & release only and requires single barbless hooks.
- We recommend that you dress in layers since the weather in the North often changes many times per day. A good quality rain suit/hunting suit is a must no matter what time of the season you will be hunting.
- Quality, waterproof boots are also essential. We recommend Muck Boots, which are a favourite among our guides.
- A medium-heavy weight sleeping bag (contained inside a waterproof bag) is suitable.
- A waterproof duffle bag (without wheels) is recommended.
- If you require a shooting stick, we recommend the Bipod Shooting Stick due to its versatility and light weight.
- 10 x 42 binoculars are suitable
- We recommend the Kolpin Gun Boot which is lightweight yet provides more than adequate protection for your rifle.
In our experience, it is customary to give your guide and cook a tip. These tips vary with the performance of the employee, and the level of guiding service chosen. Although we do not like listing specific numbers, all of our clients ask the question on ‘how much to give’. So here is an example of how much our past hunters have typically given our staff as gratuities for the week: unguided service $150-$200, semi-guided service $250-$300, Fully guided service $400-$900 (higher range for 1x1 service); cooks $100-$150.