Nunavut features some of the most exotic and highly prized big game animals on Earth
Big game hunting is a part of Nunavut’s tourism industry, for good reason. Nunavut features some of the most exotic and highly prized big game animals on Earth, including extremely dangerous polar bears, numerous herds of muskoxen, abundant barren-ground caribou, a sustainable harvest of walrus, plus the healthiest and least threatened population of wolves in the world. In addition, there are plenty of small game animals, such as arctic hares, ground squirrels and ptarmigan. Detailed knowledge of native wildlife species and proper survival techniques in the arctic, combined with the incredible patience, tracking skill, physical strength, stamina and courage required to become an effective hunter-provider are fundamental values in traditional Inuit culture.
Visitors wishing to hunt in Nunavut are required by law to use licensed outfitters. Mandatory hunting licenses and tags must be acquired before embarking on the hunt. Hunting seasons and quotas are strictly enforced by Nunavut Wildlife Officers.
The Inuktitut word for wildlife is ‘nirjutit.’ The root word, ‘nirjut’ means ‘game animal.’