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Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Lancaster County, PA
Re: Anyone use Mirage Outfitters from Quebec?
fall hunt or winter hunt? Mirage milks the Leaf River herd if memory serves me correctly. The Leaf river herd is much better off than the George River herd, but they have still been acting squirelly the last few years. Mirage's bread and butter has always been the winter hunts, which have been hit or miss the last few years because they are dependent on the caribou loitering around some camps in the wintering area. The caribou just haven't been showing up in big numbers around the camps. If they are 20 miles away, you are out of luck.
For fall hunts, mirage doesn't have very good camp access to the current trends of the leaf river herd. They've been staying way north late in the season, 57° and higher, most of Mirage's camps are a bit on the south side of that.
The future of caribou hunting in Quebec is in severe question right now, they still aren't sure what seasons if any they are going to have this year. May close non-resident hunting altogether, may close the winter hunt, may knock limits down to 1 caribou, etc.
With the herd and season issues, some of the weaker outfitters are folding, and a lot of people are losing money. If you book anything, I strongly suggest paying by credit card or ensuring that your deposits are kept in escrow so you have some recourse to get money back in case they cancel a season or the outfitter folds.
On another note, mirage sold out to Safari Nordiq the other year. They are back in the original ownership now, but I've heard some bad reports from their time under safari nordiq. Hasn't been enough time under the old ownership to really hear too much if things have improved again or not.
The big uncertainty up there is getting Labrador and Quebec to cooperate. They share the George river herd, the leaf river herd is entirely quebec's. Labrador wants all hunting caribou shut down, Quebec doesn't want to, especially since the leaf river herd is in better shape.
I could go on for hours about caribou hunting, it was my obsession the past two years. If you have any more specific questions that would probably help keep me from rambling incoherently.
I was on a fly in hunt this fall, I'd strongly suggest Jack Hume adventures. They have a huge area (they've already gobbled up some camps north of 57° in preparation of hunting the LR herd exclusively), and have had a stellar reputation through all the troubles up there the last few years. I spent a year researching every little thing before choosing them and I'm glad I did. The trouble and expense they went through to put hunters in caribou was mind blowing. I took two bulls off the George River herd in Labrador (one a Booner), unfortunately I will likely be one of the last americans to ever take a George River caribou.