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Woodland Caribou

HOME RANGE: This trophy type is found only in Canada. It occurs sparingly in central Saskatchewan and Manitoba. There is a major herd in northern and central Ontario (the Ontario Herd), plus a few on islands in Lake Nipigon and on the Slate Islands in northern Lake Superior. They are also found on the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec, and in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. There is a major herd (the Interior Herd) on Newfoundland Island, plus the much smaller Avalon Peninsula Herd.

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Woodland Caribou

Rangifer tarandus caribou

ANIMAL SUMMARY: The woodland caribou is one of three regional caribou categories established for record-keeping by dividing the subspecies caribou into geographic groups based on antler size and shape. These categories were established by the Boone & Crockett Club and have come to be accepted by hunters everywhere. (The other two regional categories are mountain caribou and Quebec Labrador caribou. All three are classified as woodland caribou [R. t. caribou] by scientists.) This is a medium-sized caribou, with mature bulls weighing 350-450 pounds. It has the smallest antlers of any caribou other than those from the arctic islands. Antlers tend to be divergent, with many tines but without much length. Coloration is generally darker than the Quebec Labradors, although the neck and mane are white.  

BEHAVIOR: They remain fairly resident within a given area, but may migrate from summer to winter pastures. Herds tend to be small. They are at home in the tundra, as well as some forested areas.    

Super Ten®/Super Slam®: Super Ten®/Super Slam®: Information found here contains excerpts from the on-line and printed version of Safari Club International (SCI) Record Book of Trophy Animals and is used by permission. Visit www.scirecordbook.org.

Woodland Caribou Species Map

Woodland Caribou Range in North America: The map above is used by permission from the on-line Safari Club International (SCI) Record Book of Trophy Animals. Visit www.scirecordbook.org.