February 19 – On-the-Land Contest

by Casey Lessard- February 20, 2018

Winner: Lars Nielsen Qaqqaq
Baker Lake
I went caribou hunting west of Baker Lake in November with Susan Toolooktook. It was a warm day with flurries. We saw fresh wolf tracks and drove over a few more hills, stopping on the top of a hill and we saw a pack of four wolves.


One wolf was white and the rest were grey. After a few minutes we agreed to go after the wolves, which were walking slowly, probably after eating a good meal. Susan and I drove towards the wolves, and when I knew we were close I unhooked the kamutik from my machine. The white wolf went ran out of sight right away. Susan chased another grey wolf. I chased the biggest wolf close to the Thelon River. I attempted the first shot but the safety was on so I kept driving. I chased two wolves up to a rocky hill but had to turn away and lost them. My stomach sank. I thought I blew my first chance at getting a wolf. We also saw no signs of caribou that day besides a rutting bull. After circling the hill twice I found the tracks of the two wolves and found them again on a hill right beside the Thelon River. The smaller wolf ran right onto the Thelon River and the bigger wolf ran away from the river. I chased the wolf again up to a hill and fired one shot to take it down. I was very happy and yelled out in celebration. I had seen wolves a good number of times, mostly during the summer and early fall. I asked one of my best friends and he didn’t believe that I caught my first wolf with one shot. It was a great day hunting with Susan and we each caught a wolf.

ᓛᕐᔅ ᓂᐃᓪᓴᓐ ᖃᖅᑲᖅ
ᖃᒪᓂ’ᑐᐊᒥᐅᖅ
ᑐᒃᑐᓯᐅᕆᐊᓚᐅᕋᒪ ᖃᒪᓂ’ᑐᐊᑉ ᑕᓯᖓᑕ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖔᖓᓄᑦ ᓄᕕᐱᕆᒥ, ᓲᓴᓐ ᑐᓗᖅᑐᖅ ᐱᖃᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ. ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᐅᓪᓗᖅ ᓂᕈᒥᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᖃᓐᓂᐅᔮᕐᔪᒃᖢᓂ. ᓄᑖᓂᒃ ᐊᒪᕈᐃᑦ ᑐᒥᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓇᓂᓯᓴᐅᑎᒋᓪᓗᓄᒃ, ᐱᖑᐃᑦ ᑖᕗᖓ ᐅᖓᑖᓄᑦ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᐃᓐᓇᓚᐅᖅᖢᑕ ᓄᖅᑲᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᒍᑦ ᐱᖒᑉ ᖄᖓᓂ ᕿᖑᒻᒥᐅᕈᔭᕆᐊᖅᑐᖅᖢᑕ ᑕᑯᓪᓗᒃ ᓯᑕᒪᓂᒃ ᐊᒪᕈᓂᒃ. ᐅᖃᓪᓚᖃᑎᒌᓚᐅᖅᓄᒃ ᐊᓱᐃᓛᒃ ᐊᒪᕈᕋᓱᐊᓯᒋᐊᔪᔪᒍᑦ, ᑖᒃᑯᓂᖓ ᐱᓲᔭᖅᑐᓂᒃ, ᐊᕿᐊᖅᑐᖅᓯᒪᕙᓪᓚᐃᔪᓂᒃ. ᓲᓴᓐᓗ ᐅᕙᖓᓗ ᐊᓱᐃᓛᒃ ᑖᕗᖓ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓕᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᖃᓂᒡᓕᒐᑦᑎᒍ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓕᖅᖢᒋᑦ ᐊᓱᐃᓚᒃ ᖃᒧᑎᒐ ᐃᐲᖅᖢᒍ ᖃᒧᑕᐅᔭᓐᓂᑦ. ᖃᖁᖅᑕᖅ ᐊᒪᕈᖅ ᐊᓯᐅᓴᐅᑎᒋᓪᓗᓂ. ᓲᓴᓐ ᐸᖅᓴᐃᖔᖅᖢᓂ ᓯᐊᕐᓇᖔᒥᒃ. ᐊᖏᓂᖅᓴᒥᒃ ᐅᕙᖓ ᐸᖅᓴᐃᓪᓗᖓ ᑖᕗᖓ ᑲᖏᕐᔪᐊᑉ ᑰᖓᑕ ᓯᒡᔭᖓᓄᑦ. ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᖁᑭᕆᐊᕋᓗᐊᖅᖢᖓ ᓱᓇᐅᕙ ᓂᒃᓯᒃᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐊᓱᐃᓚᒃ ᒪᓕᒃᓴᓕᓚᐅᖅᑕᒃᑲ ᑖᒃᑯᐊ ᒪᕐᕉᒃ ᐊᒪᕉᒃ ᐱᖒᑉ ᐅᖓᑖᓄᑦ ᐅᔭᕋᖃᐅᖅᑐᕖᖓᐅᖕᒪᑦ ᐊᓯᐅᔨᒐᒃᑭᑦ ᐅᑎᖅᖢᖓ. ᒪᒥᐊᓱᖓ ᐊᕿᐊᕈᕋ ᑲᑕᒃᑑᔮᖅᖢᓂ. ᐊᐃᑦᑖ ᐊᓯᐅᔨᕗᖓ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᐊᒪᕈᕈᓐᓇᖃᐅᔭᓐᓂᒃ. ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂᓴᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᐅᓪᓗᒥ ᑐᒃᑐᓯᐊᓚᐅᖏᒃᑭᓪᓗᑕ ᐸᖕᓂᐊᓘᑉ ᐊᓯᐊᓂᒃ. ᑭᖑᓂᖓᓂ ᑲᐃᕙᓪᓚᓚᐅᖅᖢᒍ ᑖᓐᓇ ᐱᖑᒃ ᒪᕐᕈᐊᖅᑎᖅᖢᒍ ᑐᒥᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓇᓂᓯᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᖓ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᐊ ᒪᕐᕉᒃ ᐊᒪᕉᒃ ᐊᓯᐅᔨᑲᐃᓐᓇᖅᑕᒪ ᐱᖑᖕᒥ ᑲᖏᕐᔪᐊᑉ ᑰᖓᑕ ᓯᒡᔭᖓᓂ. ᒥᑭᓐᓂᖅᓴᖅ ᑰᖕᒧᑦ ᒥᓯᒃᖢᓂ ᐊᖏᓂᖅᓴᕐᓕ ᐊᓯᐊᓄᖔᖅ ᐸᖓᓚᒃᑐᖅ. ᐊᓱᐃᓛᒃ ᐸᖅᓴᓯᓪᓗᒍ ᐱᖑᖕᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥᒃ ᖁᑭᕆᐊᖅᖢᒍ ᖁᑭᓴᐅᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ. ᖁᕕᐊᓪᓚᓗᐊᒧᑦ ᐃᕆᐊᓚᒃᖢᖓ. ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᓇᖅᑐᖅ ᑕᐃᓐᓇ ᐊᒥᓱᓂᒃ ᐊᒪᕈᓂᒃ ᑕᑯᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᖓ, ᐊᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᑭᐊᒃᓵᒃᑯᓪᓗ. ᐅᑎᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᖢᖓ ᐅᓂᒃᑲᐅᓯᕆᓚᐅᖅᑕᕋ ᑖᓐᓇ ᐃᓚᓐᓈᓄᑦ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᐊᖅᖢᒍ ᖁᕿᕆᐊᖅᖢᒍ ᐊᒪᕈᓚᐅᕐᓂᓐᓂᒃ ᓱᓕᔪᕆᓚᐅᖏᑖᖓ. ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᓂᐊᖅᑕᕋ ᖁᕕᐊᓇᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐅᓪᓗᒥ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒋᐊᖅᓯᒪᖃᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ ᓲᓴᓐ ᐅᕙᒍᒃ ᐊᑐᓂ ᐊᒪᕈᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒐᓐᓄᒃ.

 

Runners-up: David Kelly
Iqaluit
Out polar bear hunting down in Tunngait, two foxes right behind me, last year about 90 miles from Iqaluit.

ᑏᕕᑦ ᑭᓕ
ᐃᖃᓗᖕᒥᐅᖅ
ᓇᓄᓐᓂᐊᕆᐊᖅᓯᒪᓪᓗᑕ ᑕᐅᓄᖓ ᑑᕐᖓᓄᑦ, ᒪᕐᕉᖕᓄᑦ ᑎᕆᒐᓂᐊᓄᑦ ᒪᓕᒃᑕᐅᓕᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒐᒪ, ᐊᕐᕌᓂ ᐃᒻᒪᖄ 90-ᑭᓛᒥᑐᒥᒃ ᐅᖓᓯᖕᓂᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂᑦ.

 

 

 

 

 

Cecile Panika
Whale Cove
Gordon and his brother Daniel caught this big bearded seal in the spring time, and we were having a hard time pulling it out from the floe edge.

ᓰᓴᓪ ᐸᓂᑲ
ᑎᑭᕋᕐᔪᐊᒥᐅᖅ
ᒍᐊᑕᓐ ᐊᖓᔪᖓᓗ ᑖᓂᐊᓕ ᐆᒥᖓ ᐊᖏᔪᐊᓗᖕᒥᒃ ᐅᒡᔪᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᖕᒪᑕ ᐅᐱᕐᖔᖅ, ᐱᔭᕆᑐᖦᖤᓚᐅᕋᓗᐊᕐᒪᑦ ᓄᓱᒐᓱᐊᖅᖢᒍ ᑕᐃᓱᒪᓂ, ᐊᒃᓱᕈᖅᑐᓪᓛᓘᒋᓪᓗᑕ ᓄᓱᒃᑐᖅᖢᑎᒍ ᑕᐅᓇᖓᑦ ᓯᓈᖓᓂᑦ.

 

 

Savannah Killiktee‎
Pond Inlet

ᓴᕚᓇ ᕿᓕᖅᑎ
ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒥᐅᖅ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Eesemaile
Iqaluit
Summer time boating down Frobisher Bay, 2016.

ᒋᐅᕆ ᐃᔅᒪᐃᓕ
ᐃᖃᓗᖕᒥᐅᖅ
ᐊᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᒥᐊᖅᑐᕆᐊᖅᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᑕ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᑕᓯᐅᔭᖓᓂ, 2016-ᒥ.

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