On Wednesday afternoon, 12/21/16, the Government of Quebec announced that at the conclusion of the 2017 caribou hunting season, caribou hunting in Quebec will be completely closed for the 2018-19 seasons!
There has been an ongoing dispute in Quebec between the Government, the caribou outfitters and the indigenous tribes in Quebec. The natives have long resented the fact that outfitters are allowed to conduct caribou hunts in what is described on maps of Quebec as Nunavik, which is the upper half, including the Ungava Peninsula, of the Province. Quebec has annually conducted aerial surveys and has radi0-collared caribou cows as a means to regularly determine and monitor the population. As recently as earlier this year, these surveys have indicated that caribou populations were stable (400,00 animals +-) and in fact had increased more than anticipated. In spite of all of this scientific data, the resentment from the native people has continued to grow and eventually, what all of us in the industry feared would happen, did. The Govt, of Quebec has given in to political pressure and made a decision that carries huge proportions. Again, no scientific or population survey data exists to justify this action. Sadly, it is simply another example in the world of sport hunting, where politics has overcome sensible wildlife management!
If you intend to caribou hunt in Quebec, it will have to be in the 2017 season. We have no indication if this closure will extend beyond the 2018-19 seasons.
The opportunities for hunts with Leaf River Lodge (we have sold hunts for LRL for sixteen years!) are as follows: Hunts at the Lodge on the Leaf River, where we take groups annually are nearly sold out with this exception: We are taking our group of hunters to the Leaf during September 5-11, in 2017. We have, as of today, 9 openings left. Openings at the southern most hunting camp, called Desbergiere, again as of today are very available. I suspect that it goes without saying that LRL’s phones, and ours, will be ringing soon.
If you have interest in either coming to the Leaf River camp with Lila and I (yes, Mrs. Outdoors will be hunting with us at the Leaf in 2017) or at Desbergiere, please contact us as soon as possible. We will be happy to mail an informational packet to you and go from there. We have many, many customers who have hunted with us at Leaf River Lodge, which has made for many memorable moments in time. We’re so grateful to all for your patronage and companionship. We look forward to hearing from you and are happy to provide info as desired.
Last but not least, as an alternative to the caribou hunts, we have been in discussions with the owner of a moose hunting lodge in Newfoundland, who also happens to be a long-time acquaintance of ours. This lodge provides the premier moose hunting experience in Newfoundland. Literally this morning, we completed discussions with Tuckamore Lodge, located on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. For the record, Newfoundland has approximately 130,ooo moose on the Island and the area of highest density is the Northern Peninsula. Tuckamore Lodge offers virtually 100% hunter opportunity. Tuckamore Lodge, and it’s spike camp operation, JB Outfitters, are owned by the same family and work together to provide both moose hunts and Woodland caribou hunting. We’ve known the folks at Tuckamore Lodge for several years, and they offer a world-class hunting experience. We will be conducting another of our Hosted Adventures hunts at these lodges in the fall of 2017 and will be happy to provide all pertinent details upon request. The good news is that moose hunts on the Island are offered at substantially less cost than Quebec caribou hunts. Contact us today for further information. We are very excited at the prospect of this new destination for our customers and to create an alternative to caribou hunts in Quebec.