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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Leaf River Lodge Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 9487 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 23, 2013 to August 30, 2013
Place of Hunt: Canada - Quebec
Hunt Area: Leaf River


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Alain Tardif; Leaf River Lodge. 1 Rue Bussières; St-Henri-de-Lèvis; Quebec ; G0R 3E0; Canada; Tel. 1-800-463-4868; Fax: 418.882.0140; Email: info@leafriverlodge.com; Web www.leafriverlodge.com
Personal Guide (if any): Several used, all competent
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Caribou, Quebec-Labrador - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Young bull
Caribou, Quebec-Labrador - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Mature bull
Bear, Black - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Mature boar
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Condition of game taken was good.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Good
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Good
Name of Airline: Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Charter aircraft were all very good


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $7495
Trophy Fees: Included Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: $350 for caribou and $150 for black bear Amount: $500
Commercial Airfares: United Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Included and well organized Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips and 2 nights' lodging in Montreal Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Few caribou at first camp since migration passed.
Highlights of Hunt: Being moved to a second camp where quality bulls were present. Honorable, honest outfitter.
Equipment Recommendations: Good rain gear
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Very high quality outfitter. Does exactly what they promise to do. Very organized, honest and dependable.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Dennis Slater
Contact Information: Tel. 661-444-0407 - 5316 Muirfield Dr., Bakersfield, CA 93306 E-mail: wvpds@wvegpro.com
Hunting Experience: Extensive in western U.S. -- moderate in Mexico, Africa and Canada
Physical Condition: Fair for 60. Overweight but relatively healthy


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

I'm not usually a report filer but after reading your article on Quebec caribou, the outfitters, and their future, I felt that I had been remiss in not submitting a positive report on my hunt with Leaf River Lodge. I would recommend this outfitter without qualifications. Their camps are great, their staff is competent and friendly, and the Company performs as they say they will.

Despite the migration having passed our initial camp, we hunted hard every day, with each of the 5 hunters in camp harvesting younger bulls. There were black bears present, and I took the opportunity presented to harvest my first bear - a nice very black boar. The guides tried hard, the camp was very comfortable and the food good, but there was a definite lack of caribou. Without being prompted and at their additional expense, Leaf River flew all 5 hunters to another camp, which was not scheduled to open until the next week, for our last day of hunting. Staff was flown in to open the camp early and like the main camp, it had very comfortable lodging and food. There were caribou in the area and each of us harvested very nice bulls - any of which any reasonable hunter would be proud to take.

In my opinion, Leaf River performed to the highest standards of the industry at a very reasonable price. They fulfilled all of their commitments and were very well organized. The whole trip went off without a hitch. I recommend them highly as honest ethical outfitters. Would I go back if I was allowed to only harvest one caribou? I don't know. I would like to go with Leaf River again. It was a good experience and a lot of fun. The Camps and Outfitter are certainly worthy of another visit. I think the province of Quebec would be wise to return to allowing the harvest of two caribou per hunter, even if they charged $350-360 for each tag.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Leaf River Lodge Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 8880 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 29, 2012 to October 6, 2012
Place of Hunt: Canada - Quebec
Hunt Area: Leaf River


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Alain Tardif; Leaf River Lodge. 1 Rue Bussières; St-Henri-de-Lèvis; Quebec ; G0R 3E0; Canada; Tel. 1-800-463-4868; Fax: 418.882.0140; Email: info@leafriverlodge.com; Web www.leafriverlodge.com
Personal Guide (if any): Travis
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Caribou - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Lots of caribou!


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Air Canada Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $8000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $450
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: NONE
Highlights of Hunt: To see thousands of caribou
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? This was one of the finest wilderness camps i have ever stayed in. They even had WI-FI in the main cabins.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Mike Daley
Contact Information: Tel. 209-527-0607 - 204 Kerr Ave | Modesto | CA | USA | 95354 E-mail: mrdaley57@aol.com
Hunting Experience: Africa 15 times. Many parts of the World
Physical Condition: so-so


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
I had dreamed of doing this hunt and seeing huge herds of caribou as they migrated. It was above and beyond my wildest dream starting the first day. First thing down river we spot hundreds of caribou migrating towards the Leaf River. With in an hour there must have been three to four thousand caribou swimming across this large river to the other side. I must have seen 2,000 caribou the first day and took a nice bull  in the afternoon. The guy I was hunting with shot both his Caribou the first day. I tagged out the second day. There was 14 guys in camp and by the end of the third day only two guys needed one caribou each. Six other hunters flew in the first day at noon and had all tagged out by 9:30 the next morning and left camp. There was caribou everywhere we looked. The most difficult part was choosing which bull to shoot.  Alan has really put together an exceptional hunt and it was worth every dime paid. Nice heaters in the cabins and hot showers every day and some fantastic food to boot! This really was an exceptional hunt! The only concern was that the caribou were crossing the river going north instead of south at this late time of the year. The weather was great with a little wind and sunshine.



Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Leaf River Lodge Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 8937 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 23, 2012 to September 30, 2012
Place of Hunt: Canada - Quebec
Hunt Area: Leaf River


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Alain Tardif; Leaf River Lodge. 1 Rue Bussières; St-Henri-de-Lèvis; Quebec ; G0R 3E0; Canada; Tel. 1-800-463-4868; Fax: 418.882.0140; Email: info@leafriverlodge.com; Web www.leafriverlodge.com
Personal Guide (if any): Alain Tardif
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Caribou - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: big!? approx 50" wide
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bear, Black - Availability: Several were taken in camp--I just did not see any close enough to stalk.
Game Condition Comments: My third trip withLeaf River. None of the George River outfitters had animals this year but in the Late trophy season there were plenty to choose from at the Leaf and the entire camp limited out with many exceptional trophies. Good healthy bulls with hard antler and winter coat.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $8495
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Caribou $334 (2 animals), Black bear $147.51 Amount: $482
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: tips Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None--weather was perfect this year. If the weather is bad there can be delays in flying into camp.
Highlights of Hunt: Late season trophy animals. As always super clean, excellent home cooked food. Reliable equipment. Owner Alain Tardif is always in camp making sure things go well. Will move you to a spike camp to find animals as need be.
Equipment Recommendations: Weather can change in an instant so reliable rain gear is a must. There is a good chance of walking many many miles so good boots. Come in the late season and avoid black flies.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Absolutely. The camp, staff and management are focused on making sure you have a great hunt but you need to have patience for things like weather.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Haig H. Kassouni
Contact Information: Tel. 6162483200 - 7409 Kenrob SE | Grand Rapids | Michigan | USA | 49546 E-mail: Hkassouni@nkmfgtech.com
Hunting Experience: various around the world
Physical Condition: 54 years old and in decent shape (managed the 15 miles of walking on day one!)


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
I took two trophy caribou this trip both approximately 50" wide with double shovels, good bez and palmated antlers. I was pleased enough with the animals that I am having both mounted. My animals were not the biggest or best taken in camp. As I mentioned this is my third trip with Leaf River and I plan on going back again perhaps this year. One major reason is that the camp is spotless, plenty of hot water, wifi (Skye worked perfectly), and every meal is essentially cooked by scratch--I gain weight every year. Alain Tardif is the owner and he always has a booth at Safari Club. I am happy to be a reference for Leaf River.



Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Leaf River Lodge Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 8538 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 10, 2011 to September 17, 2011
Place of Hunt: Canada - Quebec
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Alain Tardif; Leaf River Lodge. 1 Rue Bussières; St-Henri-de-Lèvis; Quebec ; G0R 3E0; Canada; Tel. 1-800-463-4868; Fax: 418.882.0140; Email: info@leafriverlodge.com; Web www.leafriverlodge.com
Personal Guide (if any): Travis
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Caribou - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Average
Caribou - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Average
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Herds had not yet gathered so significant travel, either to spike camps or up/down river to find animals. In the end everyone in camp took their limit of two.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Good
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Charter provided by outfitter


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $7495
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $334
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: included in fee Amount: $0
Other Costs: tips, etc Amount: $1000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Nothing significant
Highlights of Hunt: Many opportunities for bonus bear.
Equipment Recommendations: Variety of clothing as weather changes on a dime!
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Haig Kassouni
Contact Information: Tel. 616-248-3200 - Grand Rapids MI E-mail: hkassouni@nicmtgtech.com
Hunting Experience: Various around the world
Physical Condition: Ok for a 54 year old


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL





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