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Little snow making caribou hunt difficult

Hunting caribou has proved to be difficult for Hall Beach hunters recently.

A lack of snowfall is making travel by snowmobile challenging for hunters. Caribou meat is in short supply as a result, according to Abraham Qammaniq.
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"There's hardly any snow at this point. It's really rough and hard going for caribou hunters," said Abraham Qammaniq, secretary/treasurer with the Hall Beach Hunters and Trappers Association. "(The lack of snow is) really hard on (snowmobiles) and the sun is about to disappear for the next four weeks... there's hardly any caribou at this point."

Seal hunting has only been a little better. The floe edge is not far from the community.

"They're catching seal every now and then," Qammaniq said.

With the Christmas holidays approaching, there will be fermented walrus distributed within the community as a cache established last summer is being dug up.

"They're not the greatest batch, but edible," said Qammaniq, adding that the HTA has purchased some fish for the Christmas community feast as well.