By Tim Jones, Managing Editor
As we told Email Extra subscribers in a bulletin
issued on May 1, the wait for an "official" ruling is over. According to a press release
issued on Friday, April 26 by Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks Yves-François Blanchet, Quebec has set its caribou rules for the next two years.
In a nutshell, the press release announced that the two-caribou-per-hunter limit will remain in place for the 2013/14 season, but for 2014/15, the limit will be reduced to only one caribou per hunter. In Zone 23 West, which is the zone hunted by outfitters based in Kuujjuaq and Lac Pau, and therefore of most interest to trophy hunters targeting the Leaf River herd, the season will begin on August 17 and end on October 7, in both 2013 and 2014. A total of 804 two-caribou licenses will be available through outfitters for the 2013 season. "In light of new biological analyses, including those conducted in 2012, the [Leaf River] herd appears to be fairly stable," states the press release....