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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-30-2011, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Caribou Outfitter

Can anyone recommend a good outfitter.
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-30-2011, 12:51 PM
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I just returned from hunting caribou with Mirage Outfitters. It was my third time 2005, 2008 and 2011. My first time the meals were outstanding, the second time under management by Safari Nordik, not so good. Pancakes for breakfast and spaghetti for dinner. 2011 is back under the original ownership. WE had ham,sausage,bacon and eggs anyway you wanted them them for breakfast. Dinner was lamb, steak, meatballs, tilapia, salmon, chicken wrapped with bacon, Stew, dinner usually had 3 meats available, You could have one of each or whatever you wanted. Deserts included pies, puddings, cakes, jello. If you were hunting during the day you could pack a lunch with ham salad, egg salad, chicken salad, ham & cheese, granola bars, juice boxes, cookies or muffins. If you were at the lodge you could have a hot lunch. There were always lots of fresh fruits to choose from for all meals. The place is immaculate, hunters track snow in and its cleaned in minutes, restrooms are always clean, and this is tuff when some groups do some pretty heavy drinking. Lots of hot water for showers and warm environment for visiting.

Unfortunately the caribou had not migrated down this year due to warm weather. But Mirage did offer helicopter service for those that wanted to pay for it. The price was $1800 per hour for a group of 4. We drove north about 90 miles and then took the helicopter 12 miles NW. we hunted most of the day and then the copter picked up our caribou and then came back and got us. Individually we each paid $640 for this service. Considering we had already shelled out $2300, another 600 wasn't so bad.

I plan on returning again sometime. There are other outfitters in the area, and people complain about all of them. But as for travel time & accomodations I think Mirage is the best (again). In the event of a warm fall like this year, only Mirage and Kisky can provide helicopter service.
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Re: Caribou Outfitter

Thanks, I'll check them out.
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i went with safari nordik in 1989 (years ago)

bad trip, lied to, no caribou, never moved us as promised, bad food not as promised (cereal, hamburg, sloppy joes)

missing baggage when we arrived in camp, plane landed and unloaded so fast they forgot several of the hunters bags and flew off with them. had to wait 3 days for my buddys sleeping bag to get brought back.

dead caribou all over the place, shot and not claimed...just a horrible trip.

that was when henri poupart (sp) was running it.

i got a $3,000 baseball cap and coffee cup (i borrowed it)

both made nice targets when we got home.

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Re: Caribou Outfitter

I should have asked if you wanted a fall hunt (velvet antlers) or a winter hunt (hard antlers, often considered a meat hunt)
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Safari Nordique in 2008, Great hunt 100% tags.We were there first week so it was velvet bulls, saw 1000s.

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Safari Nordique in 2008, Great hunt 100% tags.We were there first week so it was velvet bulls, saw 1000s.
i heard someone bought them and they are getting better, great to hear you had a wonderful time.

big bulls?

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Expeditions North for Quebec Labroder caribou, Westwoods Outfitters in Newfoundland for woodland caribou, and We Guide Alaska for barren ground caribou. I would hunt with any of these outfitters again. Caribou hunting is very tricky lately so do your research, best of luck!
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Re: Caribou Outfitter

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i went with safari nordik in 1989 (years ago)

bad trip, lied to, no caribou, never moved us as promised, bad food not as promised (cereal, hamburg, sloppy joes)

missing baggage when we arrived in camp, plane landed and unloaded so fast they forgot several of the hunters bags and flew off with them. had to wait 3 days for my buddys sleeping bag to get brought back.

dead caribou all over the place, shot and not claimed...just a horrible trip.

that was when henri poupart (sp) was running it.

i got a $3,000 baseball cap and coffee cup (i borrowed it)

both made nice targets when we got home.
I had just the total opposite experience with Safari Nordik in 2005... But I'd also look at Ungava Adventures.

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Re: Caribou Outfitter

Striker Overly owns Alaska Artic Adventures. One of his guides works for us during rifle season. The guide is a total pro, excellent hunter, and committed guide. He speaks very highly of Alaska Artic Adventures. I have not hunted with them but I am sure based on what I've heard that they are a solid outfit. Hope this helps.

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