Your departure point is Norman Wells, NT, which is serviced daily from Edmonton, AB (YEG) via Canadian North (1-800-661-1505). Most clients fly into Edmonton and stay overnight. There is only one flight per day to Norman Wells, and that flight leaves early in the morning. Therefore, we recommend that you book a room at the Nisku Inn, which is located five minutes from the Edmonton airport and has a shuttle bus service. The Nisku Inn also offers a special corporate rate to hunters. Just tell them you are hunting with NWT Outfitters when you book. The toll free number is 1-800-661-6966.
Plan your flight to Norman Wells on the first day of your hunt and your departure on the day after your hunt is over. You should try to purchase tickets that are not restricted in the event of bad weather or some unforeseen circumstance. Upon arrival in Norman Wells, clients are met and taken to a float plane base. From there you are flown by charter plane to base camp, 150 miles southwest of Norman Wells. At the conclusion of your hunt you will be flown back to Norman Wells where you will stay overnight. There will be a hotel reservation waiting for you at the Heritage Hotel (your cost). The following morning hotel staff will help you get your animals inspected and assist you in your departure flight back to Edmonton.
- Our objective is to try and paint a complete picture of how to travel to and from our camps.
- If you are traveling with more than three pieces of luggage including your gun case, do the following. Put all your hunting gear in one small duffle bag and your street clothes etc. in another. When you check in at any airport, use your gun and your hunting gear as your two primary pieces of luggage. The rest of your luggage is considered stand by so should it get bumped you won’t ruin your hunt.
- Canadian North has a tourist airfare rate for our clients. Information on how to acquire these special rates will be sent to you with your final hunt information package in March of your hunt year.
- Clients will arrive in Norman Wells via Canadian North at approximately 11:45 a.m. from Edmonton, Alberta on the first day of the hunt.
- Clients are met at the airport in Norman Wells and taken to the float plane dock. This is where you will leave your hard gun cases, suitcases and street clothes.
- From there you are flown approximately 150 southwest into the Mackenzie Mountains.
- Clients will arrive at base camp about 2:30 p.m., have a hot meal and pick up licenses and tags.
- If you are being placed in spike camp by airplane, you will sight in your rifle, go through your gear and be flown out late afternoon, weather permitting.
- There is a 12 hour ban on hunting after being in an airplane, so we try to get all the flying done on the first day. That way we don’t lose any hunting time.
- On the last day of your hunt you will be flown back to Norman Wells. You will get into town about 5 - 6 pm. We make the hotel reservation for you in Norman Wells but it is the client's responsibility to pay for the room. A staff member from the hotel picks you up at the float plane dock and takes you to the hotel.
- The following morning, a staff member from the hotel will assist you in taking your trophies for inspection for an export permit out of the North West Territories. Further, they will advise you in preparing trophies for airfreight as well as taking you to Canadian North for your departure to Edmonton that afternoon.
- We recommend that Caribou and Moose horns be split to assist the client in traveling through airports.
- We also have a first class taxidermist in Lethbridge, Alberta who can assist clients with taxidermy requirements. Call Fred Thomson, 1-403-345-2848.
- Clients may also choose to leave their trophies with us to take out at the end of the season. After having the trophies inspected at the NWT/Yukon border, we will transport them to an excellent taxidermist in B.C. who will prepare and ship them according to your specifications. We will recover the export permit fees and your portion of any flying charges from you before the trophies are shipped.
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