Hello everyone, I want to share with you some pictures of my first Quebec Labrador Caribou Hunt with longbow.
It was definitely a hunt of a lifetime. I went with my dad and he and I knew that the challenge was going to be difficult with the longbow, but he supported me all the time. It was a challenge that I was definitely up for. I was lucky to harvest two bulls with my longbow and I could not believe it!
The conditions were very tough, lots of rain, wind and snow. We had severe weather most of the time we were there. The gear performed flawlessly.
My setup was:
A&H two pice longbow 55@27 56" AMO
150gr Eclipse Warewolf single bevel broadheads
FMJ 400 arrows with 75gr HIT inserts
Flecthing protection with Feather-Dri Water Repellent Powder
KUIU raingear and baselayers
On the first morning, while we were walking towards a spot to search for animals, the guide (who was also a bowhunter) said: hey there are some Ptarmigans, why dont you go and stalk them and try to get one. Deep in my mind I thought he was testing my shooting skills or something. But I saw the on top of a 4 ft rock about 40 yrds from me and I got closer and shot it at about 25 ydrs. The arrow flew perfect and the first bird was down. I celebrated the shot "Fred Eichler Style" and the guide and my dad were laughing so much, and I think that deep in their minds their confidence in me went up a little bit after that shot. I was so pumped because I made a good shot and this really got me into a good mood on the rest of the hunt. Later on the trip I learned that these birds are so "careless" for humans that you have to almost kick them with your foot to be able to shoot them! It was great fun shooting to the birds throughout the hunt.
My dad got his bull on the second afternoon hunt. We were so happy and he got a really big one. Since I invited him for his birthday to this hunt, I felt very relieved that he was able to get a good one and now I could focus on getting my first one with the bow.
After a severe snow storm that made us take shelter, we went to a spot and we saw two bulls bedded at about 600 yrds in the storm. We made the hunt and the first caribou (the wide one) I shot when he passed running at about 25 yrds from me and got him in the back legs and he bedded and since it was very late that afternoon, we decided to let him rest and finished the deal the next morning.
I did some spot and stalk the next morning and was able to close the deal. What a truly an amazing hunting experience this was! My dad said to me "...hey Roberto, I really did not wanted to discourage you but the way I had seen the Caribou behaving I really thought that you would not be able to take one with the longbow, but here we are now celebrating...."what an amazing felling that was! I was pumped!!!
The last day I was able to take a second bull by a spot & stalk hunt in a very rocky and hilly terrain that was perfect for me. The stalk was awesome! The guide, my dad and myself could not believe it that my second bull was down...it was a great moment! I will prepare the video of the kill shot and share it with you guys later.So by the fourth day, my dad and I were very happy for the trip and had no problems on having taken only one bull each, we were just too happy that we were able to do it and share the experience. We were not seeing the amount of bulls that we thought we would see, so bulls were in limited numbers.
There are many things that made this trip so special, it truly was an amazing hunt.....a very special one for me!