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Expeditions North Inc - Hunting Testimonials {Quebec/Labrador, Canada}
» Hunting Testimonials- Quebec and Labrador, Canada

2006 Remote Hunt

Well, I've been back home for about 10 days and I'm finally getting caught up and settled back in the groove. I spent the first 4 or 5 days day-dreaming about my hunt, spending time with my Dad, being so fortunate to find those 2 beautiful bulls in a stalkable position on the last day… It was tough to concentrate on any work.

I want to thank you again for such a great trip. On Friday night, September 1st, the day we arrived in Montreal, my Dad and I met the VNQ bus behind the Airport Holiday Inn when a group of hunters came in. We watched and talked to them as they unloaded all the antlers and heard about all the caribou they saw. We knew we were going to have a great week! I don't know what happened to the migration, but I know everything worked out well for us. I couldn't believe all the evidence we saw around the Merville North camp that huge numbers of caribou had been there in the last few weeks. All the beaches and bogs were almost literally covered with caribou tracks! I was surprised how well Dwayne, our guide, knew his way around as this was his first year at Merville North. But where were the caribou?? The first 3 days we only saw a couple, I knew there had to be some around. I spent the best part of a couple of days "on stand" with my bow in likely looking spots. Dwayne did a great job of finding caribou for my Dad to shoot. I think we only saw about a dozen caribou, and only one decent bull - just a flash of him when we were walking in the timber. I was sick with flu symptoms on Thursday and spent most of the day in bed. Come Friday, I hadn't really given up, but I sure didn't think I was going to see any decent bulls, let alone a bull in a spot where I could put the sneak on.

On Friday morning, September 8, Dwayne spotted those 2 bulls from the boat. Dwayne kept the boat going straight until we were out of sight behind a point and then he pulled in and told me to "go get 'em". I jogged through the timber, hoping to get to the edge of the bay before the caribou got to the timber. They were 120 yards away, still standing in the spot where we first saw them. Then they turned and walked the other way, only walking a little and standing still most of the time, looking out over the water. There was no cover between us. They kept walking away slowly when it dawned on me that I might that I might be able to get to the other side of the bay before they did. A wide bog/marsh was adjacent to the bay. I went back into the timber and jogged around the back of the bog, kind of circumnavigating the bog, maybe about 400yds.from the caribou and the edge of the bay. I got to the timber on the other side and stayed in it until I was within 100yds.from the water. If the caribou were still coming they would come through that space. I used my binoculars and found them, still coming at a slow pace. I was able to stay behind some small scrub spruce and birch and got within 40yds. of the water. I knelt down, knocked an arrow and here they came. The first one was broadside at 30yds! I made a perfect shot, a complete pass through right above the heart, he wheeled toward the water, ran about 30yds. into the water and went down for keeps. The bigger bull ran out in the water with the first, having no idea what had just happened. I snuck up closer, staying out of sight, he turned to go back toward the shore and I tried to shoot him as he was walking. He walked a long way during the 40 yd. arrow flight and the arrow went through him right in front of the hams. I don't think he knew what happened then either. He quickened his pace to shore and climbed up on the bank. Now he was standing broadside at 40 yds. and I made another perfect shot, another pass through right above the heart. He ran back in the water and soon lay still. I couldn't believe it! What a thrill!

I walked back towards the timber going out to the point and met Dad and Dwayne as they walked out of the timber. Imagine how much fun it was telling them I got 'em both.

Wayne, I am so glad you made arrangements to set us up in that camp at Merville North. That ended up being the hunt of a lifetime. I'm sorry we didn't get more time to fish…. next time…

There were a lot of hunters at the airport Sunday night that didn't shoot a caribou. Unpacking in Montreal later that night was a totally different scene than we witnessed the week before. Besides my bulls, there were only 2 other decent bulls in the whole group and neither of them were killed with a bow. Pope & Young minimum for Quebec/Labrador Caribou is 325. I green scored both of mine. The first one is about 320 and the second one with the big tops is about 345.

I can't send this letter without saying something about Gary Heathman. What a great cook! I thought I would lose weight on this trip but I didn't. How could I with the amount of food Gary forced on us. We loved his cooking and all the effort he put into it. And we loved his stories!

So thanks for adjusting to the migration and putting us at Merville North Camp. And thanks to Dwayne for all his hard work and putting me in the right spot at the right time.

Best regards

Alan Mann

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