Sitka Mountain Gear
Those of you who've been to Greenland?
Caribou
Contributors to this thread:
Mertyman 21-Feb-18
mountainman 22-Feb-18
Stekewood 22-Feb-18
Neubauer 22-Feb-18
Mertyman 22-Feb-18
Chief 419 22-Feb-18
Greg S 23-Feb-18
Mertyman 23-Feb-18
BOWUNTR 23-Feb-18
bhunter 23-Feb-18
Drop tine 24-Feb-18
Antler 26-Feb-18
LKH 26-Feb-18
Shug 27-Feb-18
Neubauer 28-Feb-18
PAstringking 28-Feb-18
Mertyman 01-Mar-18
Bou'bound 29-Jun-18
Mertyman 02-Jul-18
Cajunarcher 02-Jul-18
Neubauer 02-Jul-18
Drop tine 02-Jul-18
Mertyman 03-Jul-18
PAstringking 04-Jul-18
Trial153 05-Jul-18
wannaelk 05-Jul-18
kota-man 05-Jul-18
Chief 419 05-Jul-18
Chief 419 05-Jul-18
Neubauer 05-Jul-18
wannaelk 05-Jul-18
Dale06 05-Jul-18
BOWUNTR 05-Jul-18
Tradmike 05-Jul-18
PAstringking 06-Jul-18
Chief 419 06-Jul-18
PAstringking 06-Jul-18
Bou'bound 20-Jul-18
BowmanMD 20-Jul-18
Chief 419 21-Jul-18
Greg S 21-Jul-18
From: Mertyman
21-Feb-18
I’ve enjoyed reading all of the posts and seeing the pictures over the years and rather go back through all of the searches and re-reading everything, I’m hoping those that have been will respond here so we can all have the information compiled and condensed in one thread. Would you Greenland hunters be willing to answer the following questions in a short reply?

Time of year of your trip?

Bow specs? i.e. make, model, draw weight and length

Arrow specs? i.e make, model, and additional weights or inserts

Broadhead? make, model and weight

Did you take a backup bow? Yes or No

Boots?

Rain gear?

Other?

From: mountainman
22-Feb-18
For me. I was there the first week of August. Elite energy 35. 70 lb at 28 inches. Arrows were Carbon express piledrivers with a 50 gr brass inserts. 125 gr 3 blade VPA broadheads. Total arrow weight 526 grs.

I did not take a back up bow.

I wore salomon boots. If you are just doing musk ox, I suppose you could get away with rubber boots. But if you go up after caribou, you will do some serious hiking and should have boots suited for it. I wished by boots were a little higher when we crossed a stream. Even with gaiters, I got alittle water in.

Rain gear, for sure. And make sure it's good rain gear. It didn't rain much, but the couple days it did, it was cold, soaking rain. One of those days I was up after caribou it was chilly, windy and rainy. A hiking pole really helped with balance getting up into the mountains(depending on route).

From: Stekewood
22-Feb-18
We were there in July. I used an Elite Synergy. 67 pounds with a 31.5" draw length. Arrows were Full Metal Jackets with 50 grain brass inserts and 125 grain Viper Tricks up front. 540 grains total and a complete pass through on my musk ox at 20 yards or so. Did not take a backup bow. I wore Schnees Bearclaw boots and they were great. Quality raingear is a must. I had Kuiu Chugach.

From: Neubauer
22-Feb-18
I was there first week of October. I wore Lowa boots. Rain gear is a must. Kuiu chagach as well. All gear was in fact kuiu to cut down on travel weight. No back up bow. I shot a Hoyt defiant at 71lbs 28”dL. Easton full metal jackets with 200 grain vpa solids. Arrow weight was like 550. Arrow blew through. You won’t shoot past 30 on the musk ox. Caribou shots can be out to 80+ depending on your ability. Hiking poles for caribou were important but not for Muskox. You won’t walk far for Muskox. Each of the four Muskox hunts lasted a whopping 1 1/2 hour max. Caribou is an all day exhausting hunt. Far more fun imo.

From: Mertyman
22-Feb-18
Thanks guys, hopefully the others will chime in as well!

From: Chief 419
22-Feb-18
I was there the last week of July in 2016. Mattews Monster set at 70 lbs, 28 1/2" draw. Arrows were Easton Full Metal Jacket Dangerous game with 75 grain brass inserts. Broaheads were Montec G5 100 grain CS. I didn't take a back-up bow. I had KUIU Chugach rain gear and never needed it. All clothing was KUIU. If you're going early for Muskox, you won't need the nsulated boots. I wore Columbia hikers even when climbing the mountain to hunt Caribou. I had 400 gr. Thinsulate Danner boots that I wore on the first day and didn't wear again. if you're going later in the year, ask the outfitter what he recommends for boots. Hiking poles are highly recommended if you're going after Caribou. My muskox hunt lasted all day and wasn't as easy as the other hunters in the group. You're in for a great trip. Bring a good camera and also GoPro your hunt. Bring a two piece fishing pole and put in your bow case. Bring plenty of lures also. You won't be going down to the local Sporting goods store on this hunt. What are your hunt dates?

From: Greg S
23-Feb-18
I was there second week of August. Bugs were brutal when it was calm. Shot a Chill R at 70lb 28 inches. Used 4mm fmj’s with double inserts and 125 solid broad-heads. Didn’t take a backup bow. Had Kenetrek boots. As others have alluded the musk ox hunting is pretty easy, but the caribou hunting is a mountain hunt. I had lightweight rain gear but never needed it. I think if you went September or October it would be more crucial. Be patient with the travel would be a tip I’d pass. It’s a ton of travel to get there and back.

From: Mertyman
23-Feb-18
Randy, not going until July 2019. I wish it were this summer, the wait is already killing me!

From: BOWUNTR
23-Feb-18
Leaving the first of April. I got my arrows up to 530 grains with arrow tubes. Can't wait for this... Ed F

From: bhunter
23-Feb-18
I went the last of September, My bow a hoyt carbon spider @ 62#s Arrow VAP with 90gr. inserts with paracord inserted in the shaft, 100gr Magnus stinger 4 blade. Total WT. with lighted knock 525gr. Sitka raingear Kenetrek boots and gaiters. had complete pass through

From: Drop tine
24-Feb-18
I was there in July same time as Stekewood. Hoyt carbon Defiant 61# , 26" DL, FMJ with 75 gr insert and 125 gr Silver Flame. I was a little concerned because of the lower draw weight and my short DL but it was not a concern. 13 yard shot, pass through with one of the ribs being sliced. No back up bow and I would't take one, especially if it was just muskox. Meindl boots. Core4Element rain gear. Not heavy duty but worked really well. Frank does have fishing rods there but it is nice to have your own. I just had a cheap telescoping one and it worked really well. If you are staying in Iceland for a few days before, there is an archery lane to get a few reps in. We got to Iceland 5 days before the hunt and drove around, it was fantastic.

From: Antler
26-Feb-18

Antler's embedded Photo
Bull down
Antler's embedded Photo
Bull down
I was there in July 2016 with Frank Feldman,s outfit. Bluebird weather with no bugs. Bow-Mathews Switchback LD at 65 pounds. Arrow was an Easton Axis fitted with a 75 grain spinning insert weighing in at 525 grains. Broadhead was a Bear Razorhead at 105grains. Shot distance was 15 yards through the heart. No backup bow taken. Boots- Danner Antelope- never got into wet walking conditions on the hunt. Cabelas raingear. I don't know whether they fixed this or not but when we went you needed to have your broadheads in a different piece of luggage than your bow when you entered Iceland customs. I would split them up into two locations. One hunter had his wife's suitcase impounded in Iceland when the scanner picked up the broadheads and the agent just stopped the suitcase from being forwarded to Greenland. Unhappy wife!! We did a two week farmstead bed and breakfast tour all around Iceland before we went to Greenland. Highly recommended. A very unique country.

From: LKH
26-Feb-18
Does landing in Thule for fuel after coming down from the North Pole count???

From: Shug
27-Feb-18
I’m heading up the first week of August as well. I’m a notorious over packer so I’m gonna have to get the weight down I assume.

I always bring a back up bow everywhere so I’ll have to cut weight down even more. I believe I read that 45# is luggage weight limit is that correct?

A question I have did anyone have any lost luggage problems?

From: Neubauer
28-Feb-18
No one in our group had luggage lost and we had to make our travel through Copenhagen from the states. We all had 50lb bags

From: PAstringking
28-Feb-18
Just remember that people at the airport are not familiar with compound bows and how they work....

we were asked to prove that our Hoyt compounds were "unloaded not ready to fire"

From: Mertyman
01-Mar-18
So did you just explain how a bow works, or did you use a zip tie so it couldn't be drawn, like they do in the big box stores?

From: Bou'bound
29-Jun-18
What is the all in cost of this adventure not including anything associated with taxidermy

From: Mertyman
02-Jul-18
I won't know until next summer, so someone else is going to have to answer for now.

From: Cajunarcher
02-Jul-18
Headed there in late August and would love to hear more about having broadheads in a separate bag from bow. I was planning on just taking 1 bag( badlands terraglide) and a carryon. If anyone has any issues with the broadheads being in same bag I would appreciate anymore info on this. Thanks!

From: Neubauer
02-Jul-18
I packed everything in my Sitka Nomad bag. No issues. I think there could be an issue going into Iceland but none of our group had any.

From: Drop tine
02-Jul-18
When I flew into Iceland from Edmonton, and when I flew from Iceland to Greenland they wanted to see the bow and they wanted to see the broad heads (in a different bag).

From: Mertyman
03-Jul-18
Earlier this year coming home from New Zealand I had to have my broadheads in a separate bag from my bow case. Going into NZ wasn't an issue though. When I asked about it, they told me it was a regulation going into the US. I wasn't going to argue so just had to move them into my other checked bag.

From: PAstringking
04-Jul-18
Just remember to look at baggage weights and restrictions per the airline. Sometimes they can be very strict with weight... including your carry on

Boubound, I would answer that question but then it would sound like I was selling a hunt lol.

I can say that the guys who are under $4000 euro are probably going to provide a pretty cheap hunt. Crap equipment, more public hunting area, preassured animals, crappy boat, etc etc

Processing trophies through Denmark is not cheap....but it is what it is.

From: Trial153
05-Jul-18
I been on the fence booking this, not bringing any meat home has been the deal breaker for me but that may change. I like everything about the Greenland hunt vs the Canadian verison except the meat.

From: wannaelk
05-Jul-18
Interesting thread. This hunt is definitely on my bucket list. Is traditional equipment still banned in Greenland for muskox?

From: kota-man
05-Jul-18
There's a Bowsiter or two on this hunt right now. Hopefully, we'll get a full report upon their return.

From: Chief 419
05-Jul-18
When flying back from Greenland to Iceland, police came out of a room and asked us what we had in our cases. We told them we had archery equipment. The cops just waved us on. I did have some trouble getting my bowcase checked in by the airline. The gate agents really don’t know anything about bows. Another gate agent was called over and she instructed the first gate agent to tag my bowcase for the flight. The gate agent will not take your bow case after tagging it. You’ll need to carry it over to the scanner area. I waited to make sure my bowcase got through. Be patient in Iceland and everything should work out. I highly recommend staying a couple of day in Reykjavik. The food is great and everything is in walking distance. We took a bus from the airport to Reykjavik for approx. $40 round trip. You can store your bow case and gear bag at a storage company right outside the airport to avoid having to drag everything to Reykjavik with you. The storage fee was approx.$13. Pack some street clothes in your carry-on bag.

From: Chief 419
05-Jul-18
Trad equipment is still not allowed in Greenland.

From: Neubauer
05-Jul-18
Getting the trophies home has been the biggest expense in my opinion. I really had no idea it would cost this much and I’m still not done getting them home. Once in a lifetime deal for me. Still worth it

From: wannaelk
05-Jul-18
Thanks Chief. I am hoping someday this ridiculous law will change

From: Dale06
05-Jul-18
Been thinking abou Greenland. Can those that have been there elaborate on the costs and issues of bringing a musk ox skull and cape back?

From: BOWUNTR
05-Jul-18
I'd be more worried about the airline losing your gear. British Airways lost our gear coming and going...

How much did you guys pay to get your trophies back? Ours are in Copenhagen now being tanned. Ed F

From: Tradmike
05-Jul-18
Went in July, used a 2 blade head, 530 grain arrow, 50# bow. Any rain gear is fine. Dont over think this trip. It's more of an adventure than a hunt. 90% of bowhunters kill the 1st one they stalk. Usually at very close ranges.

From: PAstringking
06-Jul-18
Good advice Cheif in Reykjavik. It is a beautiful area and well worth it ON THE WAY HOME. I always suggest doing touring after the hunt just in case of weather delays or baggage issues.

BOWUNTER - Here is the breakdown for me...

Transfer from Greenland - 104 Euro per person (total invoice was split between group) Dip Pack full body Muskox - 1400 Euro Shipping to NY - 235 Euro per person (total invoice was split between group of 5) Clearance in NY - $105 USD per person

From: Chief 419
06-Jul-18
Agree with everyone else on the shipping costs. You do have some time after your hunt is over before needing to pay for the shipping & taxidermy charges. Those expenses aren’t all due at one time, so it’s “tolerable”. Muskox live far from anywhere. The price to hunt them reflects that.

From: PAstringking
06-Jul-18
Chief... correct. And Muskox are big. So shipping full body heavy capes like that anywhere isnt going to be cheap.

From: Bou'bound
20-Jul-18
Anyone back from Greenland on this years hunts. I know some guys from here were headed over there

From: BowmanMD
20-Jul-18
Any suggestions on carrying cash? They want all trophy fees, cape handling fees, and hotels to be paid with cash. I’m going with my 17yo son and that’s a fair chunk of change, especially if we both shoot a caribou ($3k trophy fee each). How did you guys do it?

From: Chief 419
21-Jul-18
I carried a lot of cash thinking credit cards wouldn’t be accepted. I was able to use my credit card in Narsarsuaq & Qaqortoq. Not sure if your hunt Iis going through Nuuk, but that’s the Capitol of Greenland, so expect cards are accepted. As usual, tips to the guide vary, but you’ll want enough US cash to tip. Hotels and food on either end of your hunt are expensive, but credit cards are usually accepted. My advice is bring more cash than you think you’ll need. The gift shop at the hotel is Nararsuaq took cash and had a great selection of unique items.

From: Greg S
21-Jul-18
Credit cards with the chip worked when I was there. The other cards did not swipe.

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