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Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: north branch susky river near Wysox
Re: Caribou Outfitter
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.