Ithaca Deerslayer 3, Not Just for Whitetail

6 03 2013

 

This product review also was published on http://ithacagun.com/ and on http://ladiesincamo.com/fromthefield/productreviews.html

diane caribou

My husband and I went Caribou hunting with Safari Nordik, based out of Montreal.   We were field trial testing Ithaca’s Deer Slayer 3 slug guns, hoping to put them through the wringer weather wise (and we did!). They performed wonderfully.   With the Nikon Slughunter scope we were shooting caribou out to almost 200 yards.

Dale started the week off with a caribou on the first morning; he shot it at 186 yards, and broke the shoulder completely.  We had to pack it out about 1 mile to the boat, I was wishing he had shot a smaller caribou or at least closer to the boat!   After that, we had a nasty weather front move in that dropped almost 7 inches of rain in 24 hours. We hunted the entire day, but the caribou were smarter than we were. Ptarmigan, however, were not so smart. Shooting them made the rainy day a success. As soon as the front passed through we started seeing movement again. The next morning I dropped a nice caribou with the Ithaca DS3 at 157 yards. I had to run ½ mile to cut him off as he crossed the river. By the time I shot him, I wasn’t sure if I was going to survive the hunt either!

The morning of the last day, we each had 1 tag left to fill.  Dale used the DS3 to pick off a good sized caribou at less than 100 yards.  This one had actually crossed between us, without sensing either of us.  Dale had the better angle to drop it neatly in its tracks.  I was beginning to think I would have a tag left over, when a nice 2 year old caribou came into sight.  I had a decent set of antlers from my first animal, so I figured to fill the freezer with this one.  He would pass in and out of the very small pine trees that littered the land.  Finally after adjusting my position numerous times, I was able to place a shot to the lungs, that dropped him in just a couple of steps.  The best part of this one was that we could get a quad right up next to him!  No packing it out!!

dale caribouThe Ithaca Deerslayer 3 allowed us to harvest 4 fantastic caribou, in less than ideal conditions; Four shots, four caribou, no tracking.  The Nikon Slughunter scope helped us place the perfect shots  on these animals.  As long as you take your time to range the shots, the reticles are right on.  Just like myself and Dale, the DS3 and the Slughunter Scope held up to an unbelievable amount of rain and temperature extremes, they make an unbeatable pair.

DS3BannerThe Ithaca Deerslayer 3 can be purchased at http://www.ithacagun.com/deerslayer3.html, 419-294-4113  or at various retail gun shops.  The price will vary depending on your options.

This review is also published at http://ithacagun.com/

Photo Credit:  Diane Hassinger

Stock Photo Credit:  Ithaca Gun Company

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Caribou Hunt with Safari Nordik

21 04 2012

This post was originally posted on Project; Pink. http://andreamain.com/diane-hassinger-pennsylvania/

Diane and her Ithaca DS3 Caribou

My husband and I went Caribou hunting with Safari Nordik, based out of Montreal. They have an excellent organization. From the time you arrive in Montreal till you arrive back in Montreal from your hunt, they have taken the stress out of your hunt. You are put up at a nice hotel in Montreal and they have a short informational meeting outlining what to expect. You also receive your airline tickets, tags (2) and licenses at this point. The next morning the lobby is swarming with CAMO. It is actually awe inspiring to see that many hunters milling around! You fly into the small town of Kuujjuaq where you are met by a representative of the company. They assign you to camps and you fly out to your next destination. They only assign the camps the morning of your hunt, so they can maximize the amount of caribou in any given sector.

Caribou Camp at May Lake

The camp selected for us was Camp May, located on the banks of Lake May. We had 9 men and 2 women in the camp; they made alterations to the cabin to allow a small measure of privacy to the women. Sharing a cabin with 3 men was not as awkward as you would think. I had my own set of bunk beds, so I doubled up the foam pads and pillows, and slept like a baby.

Dale and I were field trial testing Ithaca’s Deer Slayer 3 slug guns, hoping to put them through the wringer weather wise (and we did!). They performed wonderfully. With the Nikon Slughunter scope we were shooting caribou out to 200 yards.

Dale started the week off with a caribou on the first morning; which we had to pack it out about 1 mile to the boat. After that, we had a nasty weather front move in that dropped almost 7 inches of rain in 24 hours. Our Cabelas Dry Plus Rain Suede Bibs and Parkas kept us surprisingly dry. We hunted throughout the storm, but the caribou were smarter than we were. Ptarmigan, however, were not so smart. Shooting them made the rainy day a success. We were treated to a viewing of the Aurora Borealis that evening, and I was mesmerized, that is something you do not see in Western Pennsylvania! As soon as the front passed through we started seeing movement again. The next morning I dropped a nice caribou with the Ithaca DS3 at 157 yards. I had to run ½ mile to cut him off as he crossed the river. By the time I shot him, I wasn’t sure if I was going to survive the hunt either! We were able to fill our last 2 tags on the last day with 2 small bulls-perfect for eating.

What is really nice about this hunt is that when you fly back to Montreal, if you have opted to have your caribou butchered, they take it from the plane, butcher it overnight and you pick it up in the morning already processed. We drove to Montreal and crossing the border with the guns, and the caribou was not a problem. Just make sure you have your passports and other documents in order.