Q1. What is included in your packages?
A1. Nearly everything is included in our packages such as charter flight from Montreal with 65 lbs of gear, float plane into camp, any moves with the float planes, all meals while at camp prepared by camp cook, licenses for 2 caribou, cold storage @ float plane base and in Montreal, salt and preparation of capes, return to Montreal with 280lbs of gear which includes caribou and 2 split sets of antlers or 1 whole set of antlers and all applicable taxes.
Q2. Will you move your hunters if there are very few or no caribou at the camp they are 1st sent to hunt from?
A2. Yes, we have over 30 camps scattered over 300 air miles, and due to the fact that we only operate 5 of our most productive camps each week, we are normally able to position our hunters into a productive camp from the start of their hunt. This normally eliminates the wasted time involved with a mid week move, but occasionally things don’t work out the way we’d like them to and sometimes we do need to move hunters in order to provide them with an opportunity to harvest a caribou. Legally we are only permitted to move hunters into one of our existing camps or territories and therefore we must 1st locate caribou at one of our spare camps in order for a move to be warranted.
Q3. What caliber of rifle is recommended for hunting caribou?
A3. The most popular calibers tend to be 270, 30/06, 7mm, 300. (Legally the smallest caliber rifle permitted is a .243 or 6mm.) Hunting with a shotgun is not permitted.
Q4. Do you have any legal requirements for wearing hunter orange?
A4. Yes, legally you must wear an orange vest covering your back, shoulders and chest with a minimum of 400 square inches.
Q5. Do you have any restrictions against using black powder rifles?
A5. Yes, your muzzle-loader or breech-loading rifle must be 50 caliber or greater.
Q6. Are Bows and/or Crossbows permitted to hunt caribou?
A6. Bows with 40 lbs or more of pull are permitted within an extension of 28”. Arrows must have a cutting diameter of no less than 7/8”. (Crossbows are not permitted.)
Q7. How old do you have to be to hunt caribou?
A7. Anyone 12-17 years old can hunt caribou however they are required to be accompanied by an adult.
Q8. What is the weight limit for baggage on the charter flight?
A8. You are permitted to travel with 65 lbs of personal gear at no extra charge. There is a fee of $5.00/pound for overweight baggage up to a maximum of 80 lbs. Under no circumstances will anyone be permitted to bring more than 80lbs.
Q9. When does black bear season open?
A9. Black bear opens on August 25th.
Q10.When does ptarmigan and/or small grouse season open?
A10. Both open on August 25th.
Q11. When is fishing season open?
A11. Fishing is open until September 7th for all species, however after the 7th of September strictly catch and release for lake trout with single barbless hooks remains open.
Q12. How many caribou would one see in any given week?
A12. Each week of each season is different - some of our clients see thousands of migrating caribou, however it is more within the norms to see anywhere from 100-150 caribou during your 6 day stay. Some hunters see far more while some hunters see less.
Q13. Why don’t you offer a guaranteed hunt?
A13. It is our belief that such guaranteed hunts are very misleading and no reputable outfitter should offer a guaranteed kill on a caribou hunt. In order to be a member of the Quebec Outfitter’s Federation and in order to be supported by Tourism Quebec an outfitter must meet certain criteria which consist 1st and foremost of abiding by our code of ethics. One obligation is that we refrain from offering guaranteed hunts. Don’t be fooled by those who continue to offer a guaranteed hunt, it is my opinion that their guarantee isn’t worth the paper that it was written on. Due to the pressure these high volume outfitters have to produce caribou they often overcrowd their productive camps and rush hunters into shooting the 1st mature bull caribou that they see in order to then move them into a holding camp (without caribou) and flush more hunters through their productive camps. Should they choose not to shoot the guarantee is quite simply void and the outfitter has met his obligation. I might add that what “they” consider to be a mature caribou may or may not be what you would consider a mature caribou! If you book your hunt based solely on a guarantee, what you thought would be a hunt of a life time may very well end up being a horrific nightmare. Being a hunter myself I truly believe that it is more important to provide a quality hunt that my clients will enjoy without putting pressure on them to shoot anything they may not want to shoot.
Q14. What do your camps consist of?
A14. Most of our camps are actually framed cabins. All our sites consist of a guest cabin which includes bunk beds equipped with 4” foam mattresses and a wood stove for heat, each site also has a separate building where the kitchen is found and it is equipped with a propane cook stove. Most of our camps consist of running hot and cold water with flush toilets and showers, however some of our more rustic outpost camps usually reserved for our 1x6 unguided hunts may consist of gravity fed shower stalls and outhouses rather than flush toilets.
Q15. How many clients are sent to each of your camps?
A15. We like to book 6 hunters into each of our camps, however we often have request for up to 8 hunters and this is normally not a problem. On the rare occasion that we do not have 5 productive camps during a given week, we may resort to using less than 5 camps and placing more than 6 hunters into the remaining productive camps.
Q16. Which herd of caribou do you hunt off?
A16. We hunt solely off the Leaf River Herd with camps both above and below the 57th parallel North.
Q17. What is your success ratio in-so-far as percentage of kill?
A17. I am very proud of our success ratio as it is without doubt one of the highest in Quebec and is consistently above 90%.
Q18. What are the minimum score for entering a caribou into the B&C record books?
A18. B&C requires 365 points to enter into “Awards” and it would take 375 points to enter your caribou into “All Time”.
Q19. What is the minimum score for entering a caribou into Safari Club record books?
A19. Safari Club requires 270 points for bow and 301 points for standard entry.
Q20. What is the minimum score for entering my caribou into P&Y record books?
A20. P&Y requires 300 points for bow.
Q21. Do you have a generator at camp for charging video camera batteries?
A21. Yes, all our camps have small generators.
Q22. How physically fit must I be to hunt caribou?
A22. Normally you wouldn’t be required to do much hiking and for the most part you can avoid boggy areas and having to climb any steep hills and still be successful. Our guides use boats to transport hunters to and from crossings. With that being said it certainly doesn’t hurt to be in good shape as there are times that you may have no choice but hike up to a few miles over the hills or boggy areas in order to get to where the caribou are crossing.