Revisiting Quebec's Anticosti Island Deer Hunts


Published: August - 2012

Most traveling hunters are familiar with Anticosti Island in Quebec as a whitetail destination. In its heyday back in the 1980s and 1990s the place was in just about every major hunting publication and television show there was. According to Hunting Report Managing Editor Tim Jones that's because every outdoor writer in the world was getting a free hunt there and writing about "huge" whitetail bucks. The hoopla has since died down, but according to a hunt report we just received from subscriber Ed Yates, Anticosti is still a solid destination for the hunter who just wants to have a fun hunt. Jones followed up with Yates and the folks at Anticosti for the following update:

Yates hunted Anticosti at the peak of the rut this past November and says he took two good bucks, and enjoyed the best camp cooking he's ever experienced in 130 hunts worldwide. He hunted with Safari Anticosti (514-252-5015), and booked his hunt through Four Star Adventures (520-305-1780).

Yates took two eight-pointers, one of which scored 90 SCI. That's not exactly the "huge" trophies that were hyped back years back, but truth is, there has probably never been a "book" buck taken on the island and probably never will be. For one thing, the deer population is managed for numbers, not trophy size. The genetics seem to favor the heavy, shorter tines often seen on north woods whitetails. Also natural food supplies are limited and offer less nutritional than fertilized field crops and food plots. And, finally, as correspondent Al Raychard pointed out in a 2005 report (Article ID 1450), periodic winter kills take the heaviest toll on fawns and rut-depleted mature bucks. Realistically, a heavy-horned eight or 10-point whitetail with a spread approaching 20 inches is a real trophy for Anticosti. You go there for the quality of the huntinglots of unpressured deer in a huge, exclusive hunting sectornot the size of the antlers.

Yates' experience was exactly that. "We saw a lot of deer, in fact, seeing so many was one of the highlights of this hunt. Many........(continued)

 
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