Hunt down the king of the forests but…

Hunt down the king of the forests but...

BET À DAY

For several weeks, many disciples of Nimrod have settled in the forest to track down the King, the moose. According to the first rumors circulating, it seems that he is getting his ears pulled to show himself.

Conversations with friends who are currently in the forest clearly indicate to me that the moose do not move. In Charlevoix, after more than ten days of hunting, no sign of life. Nothing moves and the hunters do not hear a shot. However, for several years, they have always harvested their moose in this same hunting area.

Another of my friends who hunts in the Lac Frontière area wrote to me yesterday morning to tell me that yes the weather is very nice but that unfortunately there are no moose there. Again, they are successful every year. On the Seigneurie de Beaupré side, the data reported show that the moose do not move much either. Same scenario in several wildlife reserves.

So there must be a common denominator that explains this situation, which seems widespread. Personally, I believe weather conditions are the answer.

WINDS AND HEAT

Initially, you should know that the moose is not a heat-loving animal. If it is too hot, it will seek refuge in denser woods, where it can spend days and feed without making a large circuit. As big as it is, it can get smaller in dense forests. Unless you know his hunting ground very well and know exactly where he spends his time when it's too hot, flushing him out can become difficult. He is not inclined to move. Climate change means that the months of September and even the beginning of October are periods of the season when the temperature is hot and very mild. We are a long way from the days of hunting in the snow on Thanksgiving weekend.

Another very important point is the high winds that we experienced for several days. Moose don't have good eyesight. He must rely on his two other very sharp senses which are smell and hearing. He has a hearing faculty far superior to that of man, which allows him to detect from afar the sounds emitted in his entourage. When the winds are strong, he cannot easily identify what is happening around him. He then seeks to remain motionless in an area, where he can control his environment.

Certainly, during the mating season, biologists will tell you that nothing stops his behavior of seeking to mate . Yes, but it can do it at night, outside of very hot periods.

The best chance of harvesting a moose in such conditions is very early in the morning or at the end of the day. However, it is to be hoped that nature will work with hunters and provide temperatures better suited to hunting.

I look forward to a change in temperature to help hunters be successful. The moose is a ghost. It can appear in front of us when we least expect it. You have to remain confident.

IN BRIEF

CHEVREUIL, AN EVENT FOR THE NEWEST FUTURE

During the weekend of October 29 and 30, it will be possible to practice deer hunting for young people. Young people aged 12 to 17, holders of an initiation permit and newly certified adults, between January 1 and December 31, 2021, will be able to take advantage of this special weekend. All the details are on the website www.mffp.qc.ca.

NATIONAL OUTFITTERS SHOW

The 2023 edition of the National Hunting and Fishing Outfitter Show will be held from September 26 to 29, at Terminal 30 in the Old Port of Quebec. The move will be beneficial for visitors who will have much more free parking. Also, according to promoter Gaétan Mondou, this edition promises to be very complete, with the return to normal life. Exhibitor reservations are going well. To find out, visit the website www.pourvoirie.net 

BUDDING FISHING

The popularity of the Wildlife Foundation's Pêche en Herbe program is undeniable. Next winter, more than 3,500 young people will be trained during a winter fishing initiation day. Organized in collaboration with Canadian Tire and the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, the program has initiated more than 325,000 young people since its creation in 1997. Young people aged 6 to 17 take part in training workshops on fish habitat, fishing techniques, safety tips, environmental protection and angler ethics. All young people will receive a Peche en herbe certificate, which will serve as their fishing license until the age of 18. To find out all about the program and register a young person, go to the Foundation's website at www.fondationdelafaune.qc.ca, under the Pêche en herbe tab.

< p>DISCOUNTED SNOWMOBILE RIGHT OF ACCESS

From now until December 9, you can buy your trail permit online and enjoy a $85 off. You must create a profile by going to the www.fcmq.qc.ca website and following the instructions under the online purchase tab. Just follow the instructions. The profit must be in the name of the owner of the snowmobile. You will then pay $405 instead of $490 after December 9. Delivery will be by post.

Hunting the King of the Forests but...