The large cervids
Deep woods, wild kingdom
The opening of the white-tailed deer hunting season on Anticosti, an immense island (7,940 km2 / 3,065 sq. mi.) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, heralds this natural paradise's busiest time, from September to November and sometimes even into December. Hunters come from Québec, Canada, the U.S. and even Europe to flush out this proud beast, also known as the Virginia deer. Hunters and game co-exist in an absolutely breathtaking environment, replete with natural wonders and spectacular phenomena. Major outfitting operations and Sépaq Anticosti share these incredible hunting grounds (120,000 deer, the highest concentration in North America), offering packages that include air transport and a complete range of services with professional supervision, game dressing and accommodations in clubhouses, camps or inns. White tailed deer hunting is also popular in Southern Québec.
Mighty and majestic
The undisputed king of Québec's forests, the male moose wears a crown of magnificent antlers that can measure up to 1.60 m (over 5 ft.) in width. In autumn, numerous hunters occupy free and organized territories, joining in the most prestigious hunting tradition in northeastern North America. It’s hard to sit still as the moose’s bold silhouette moves through the trees, or, coming around a bend in a canoe, you surprise it while it is eating in a bay. Moose stands are erected in strategic locations, and to attract the animal, hunters imitate the call of a female moose—an art in itself!
The hunt is practised in expeditions of two to four participants, depending on the zone. The number of moose they are allowed to take also depends on the zone and the territory, with one moose allowed per two, three or sometimes four hunters. Across Québec, several outfitters offer very well-structured hunts to help you discover this unique world, accompanied by an experienced guide and under optimal conditions.
Off the beaten path
In the land of the Inuit, the Cree and the Naskapi—in the
Baie-James and Eeyou Istchee regions, where the boreal forest gradually gives
way to the Northern Canadian Shield taiga, and in Nunavik, blanketed in plant life characteristic of the tundra—the horizon stretches as
far as the eye can see. A floatplane flies over a dozen lakes before arriving at the first trails that have belonged to caribou herds since
time immemorial. Québec is home to two herds, the Leaf River herd and the George River herd, which move in columns in a constant circular
migration that takes them across Québec’s High Arctic and Labrador.
Caribou hunters practise fine hunting techniques, from actively pursuing
the animal to hunting from a hide. It is mandatory for non-residents interested in hunting north of the 52nd parallel to use the services of
an outfitter. Accommodations are usually provided in a warm and welcoming rustic forest camp.