Northeastern Ontario Wolf Hunt

Hunt in Northeastern Ontario

Hunt in Northeastern Ontario and take advantage of KapRiver Outfitters. Peter Martin who is a lifelong trapper, hunter and guide and wolf hunting expert.
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Hunters are staked out in natural clearings while wolf hunting in Northern Ontario.

A Guided Hunt with KapRiver Outfitters

Peter Martin of KapRiver Outfitters has been guiding hunts for decades and is best known for his knowledge of wolves and his unique style of winter wolf hunting in Northeastern Ontario.

A makeshift shelter in a snowbank hides me from the keen eyes of the great gray wolf while providing a bit of protection against the -38° C temperature. I glance at my Thermos and laugh. I suspect my coffee is already frozen, but I don’t want to expose my bare skin to find out.

KapRiver Outfitters

I’m hunting with KapRiver Outfitters near the community of Kapuskasing, along Highway 11. Peter Martin and his wife Terry have lived in the area for more than six decades and base their business at their 4,000-square-foot homestead, with comfortable bedrooms, fireplace-warmed den, satellite TV and internet, private baths, and lavish home-cooked meals. They offer spring and fall bear hunting, waterfowling, and grouse hunting, but Peter is best-known for his knowledge of wolves and his unique style of winter wolf hunting.

Peter is out there, somewhere, leading the chase. I’m joining several other hunters as blockers in key escape positions, should a wolf break from cover and attempt to flee across a trail, cutover, or frozen river.

hunting by snowmobile (Photo credit: Dale Hainer)

Warm and Carry a Big Stick

The snow is falling so hard that I'm not sure if it’s a pine marten or a wolf I see moving across a frozen beaver pond. But then again, it could be my wishful imagination. I don't touch my Weatherby .257 because Peter instructed me to “not move a twitch” until I see my target is in the clear.

Martin sets up his hunters via snowmobile and sled at various locations and sends in his hired “walkers” on snowshoe to find fresh wolf tracks. The walkers then follow the tracks, in hopes of driving the wolves to make a break for it across key natural clearings. But it is tough business. We are sitting in the wolves’ living room, and they know we are here. They know the safest escape routes and that if they circle their territory long enough, we may give up and move on. Peter is accustomed to this and seems to know what the wolves are thinking.

Wolf Down

wolf huntiner Byron Saul approaches the young wolf he took while hunting with Kap River Outfitters in Northern Ontario. (Photo credit: Dale Hainer)

A snowmobile arrives to alert me that this chase is over. “All the wolves broke out of the block,” says Peter, “except for a young one that made the mistake of doubling back, and Byron put her down dead with a single shot at 125 yards!” Peter is impressed.

We all want to shoot a wolf, but we know this is a true team effort and we all revel in Byron Saul's success. Our celebration is short-lived, and soon we are moving on to the next block of forest Peter has chosen to hunt.

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