Seal hunt in Grise Fiord gets modern twist
Hunters now use trucks to drive out to site, warm up
Hunters have traditionally used sled dogs to get to their best seal hunting grounds.
Then came snowmobiles. Now, some hunters in Grise Fiord, Nunavut, are using a different kind of transportation to hunt for the essential food and clothing source.
"It’s really comfortable hunting by truck, looking for seal holes and listening to music," said Laisa Ningeoq.
She said it all began last winter when people hauled ice from an ice berg in their vehicles. Now, she drives her S.U.V. to check seal nets about four kilometres away from the community.
Over the Christmas break, only hunters with trucks were allowed to join a seal-hunting competition. No one had any luck catching a seal.
Ningeoq said one good thing about hunting on the ice with a truck is that if hunters get cold, they can warm up inside and then continue hunting.
She said they always check to make sure the ice is thick enough to support the heavy trucks.