2022 Canadian big-game hunting forecast: Hot spots for whitetails, mule deer, moose, elk, bear and more


Grizzlies are among the big game available in Nunavut


Comprising 20 per cent of Canada’s land mass, Nunavut is one of the least densely populated areas of the world, with fewer than 40,000 people. This is true northern wilderness, with no roads leading into the territory, and few within. And the list of big-game animals for which there is a hunting season is impressive: caribou, moose, muskox, wolves and black, grizzly and polar bears. On top of that, the seasons are long and the bag limits generous for many of the species. Caribou are Nunavut’s most sought after big-game animal, but the populations are not static, and mostly trending down. As a result, hunters must consult the latest regulations designed to maintain sustainable harvests.

To compile this big-game forecast, Brian Harris consulted with wildlife managers from across Canada.