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The ups and downs of hunting in Nunavut

By Felix Charron-Leclerc  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter It was another productive year for hunters across Nunavut, and as spring approaches, wildlife harvesters are getting excited. `Spring is a great time to hunt, there’s easier access to some places with a snowmobile,” explains Iqaluit’s hunter Pierre Wolfe. In the region of the territory’s capital, the most commonly hunted animals are ptarmigans, hares, seals, goose and polar bears. This summer though, members of the Amaruq Hunters and Trappers association successfully caught a bowhead whale 15km Southwest of Iqaluit. “The bowhead hunt was an amazing one, they did it so quick and no part of it was wasted” Wolfe explains. Grise Fiord hunter and wildlife Officer Olaf Christensen says “Muskox, polar bears, seals, bearded seals, walruses, narwhals and belugas were harvested this Summer.

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