Quebec Caribou Update 2017
We are tracking any news on the situation in Quebec, where sport hunting for caribou has been closed for the foreseeable future.
Outfitter Richard Hume of Jack Hume Adventures has been asking current and former clients to write to the Quebec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks to encourage them to continue sport hunting. Subscriber Eric Stevens wrote, and, in return received a packet including a letter from the ministry and the most recent biological information on the Leaf river Herd. The entire package is below.
The most interesting tidbit in the communication is an admission from the Ministry that, due to treaty obligations with the First Nations people, the only way they can place any restrictions on subsistence offtake is to first eliminate any harvest for sport.
Anyone who was familiar with the "Atlantic Salmon wars" in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia some years back will shake their heads in familiar frustration. There, the only way to control native netting of salmon in the rivers was to eliminate all sport fishing-including catch-and release.
Treaties are treaties, but we believe strongly that curtailing regulated sport hunting before subsistence use is both short-sighted and detrimental for the future of caribou and all users. Simply put, a trophy caribou is worth more than just its value as meat in a freezer. We are hoping that all parties involved with caribou in Quebec can eventually negotiate a more rational solution that puts caribou first.