On Friday December 28 I went up to my friend Paul's chalet on Baie Ignace – Lac Taureau for a 3 day snowshoeing/hunting weekend. We arrived at the chalet Friday around 1 PM. It was sunny and -6C outside and -8C inside. After getting a fire going and the cottage warmed up we got dressed and headed out with out showshoes. Paul had about 8 snares set up so we took those along. We did not bring the shotguns as we just wanted to look around. It was a good move as there was about 3 feet of fluffy snow so the less to carry the better.
Out for a walk yesterday and found the final resting place of a deer about 500 feet behind my parent’s house. There is a bit more than 2.5 feet of snow and the deer’s legs go all the way to the ground as the snow is very soft. There is a small crust about 3 inches down which is strong enough for the coyotes to stay up on while the deer break through. Easy hunting. The area around where the deer was killed is a wintering area for the deer. There were almost as many coyote tracks as deer tracks. First time I’ve ever seen coyote tracks that close to the house.