This year on my annual deer hunting week we had unusually warm weather. Normally we would be below zero every morning but this year we only had one morning below zero with many afternoons getting above 10 C. Although we saw a few deer they were either females or spikes that were too small to shoot. Not a great year at all. It was supposed to be the worst deer season in the last 20 years.
We spent 3 weekends moose hunting this year in Saint-Michel des Saints, two with bow and arrow and one with rifle. We did not have any luck. There were at least 3 or 4 different bears that were feeding on the grassy hills on our territory. It was a poor year for bears in terms of available food so they were spending a lot of time eating grass. Although he had moose tracks at our salt licks all summer they stopped coming around just before hunting season. I took a bunch of photos with my iPhone while I was there.
Headed up to check out our moose hunting area and took some time out for a bit of skeet shooting.
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.
Early morning sun, originally uploaded by canadian_photography. Sun starting to hit an emptied beaver pond in the early morning. Taken during my week of hunting.
I drove up to my parents house yesterday and this female was 15 feet from my car. She just watched me then continued eating without a care in the world. Obviously deer use the same calendar as we do…. You know the one that tells us when hunting season is and isn't.