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Moose Hunt in northern Quebec - Sept. 2013

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Raynald with the head of the bull they killed in 2012
Raynald with the hea...
Claude with the head of the bull Moose killed in 2012
Claude with the head...
We hunted on Rene-Levasseur Island in the middle of the Reservoir Manicouagan between Baie Comeau and Fermont/Labrador City
We hunted on Rene-Le...
Crossing the Saguenay River at Baie Ste-Catherine / Tadoussac
Crossing the Saguena...
Lac Fourchette, where we hunted, is in the lower SW corner of l'Ile Rene-Levasseur
Lac Fourchette, wher...
Claude, along with the supplies, left from Base Lac Louise near the Manic V dam
Claude, along with t...
Our supplies about to be loaded on the plane
Our supplies about t...
The plane that flew Claude up to Lac Fourchette
The plane that flew ...
The landing where Raynald keeps his boat for crossing the Manic
The landing where Ra...
Preparing to cross the Manicouagan Reservoir
Preparing to cross t...
Raynald at the helm. The waves, wind and rain made wearing goggles a necessity
Raynald at the helm....
Raynald's camp on the shore of the Manicouagan Reservoir. Note the bear-proofing on the door and window.
Raynald's camp ...
Black Spruce and carpet of moss
Black Spruce and car...
Trail between Lac Fourchette and the Manicouagan Reservoir
Trail between Lac Fo...
Walking along the trail between the lower camp on the Manicouagan and the hunt camp on Lac Fourchette
Walking along the tr...
a sedge and Tamarack meadow between Lac Fourchette and the Manicouagan Reservoir
a sedge and Tamarack...
The view as you approach the Lac Fourchette hunt camp. Note extensive moss cover on the forest floor.
The view as you appr...
hunt camp at Lac Fourchette
hunt camp at Lac Fou...
A yard clean-up might be in order!
A yard clean-up migh...
Claude Moisan and Raynald Pilon in front of the hunt camp.
Claude Moisan and Ra...
a morning cup of coffee
a morning cup of coffee
Drying out our clothes after a wet day in the bush.
Drying out our cloth...
Sharing a bowl of cereal with a broken outboard motor
Sharing a bowl of ce...
Relaxing
Relaxing
The Landlocked Salmon (a freshwater variety of Atlantic Salmon that thrives in the Manicouagan) we ate one evening.
The Landlocked Salmo...
Claude's delicious fries!
Claude's delici...
Moose burgers!
Moose burgers!
Claude's smoked Brook Trout - to die for!
Claude's smoked...
This was about as neat as the table evergot!
This was about as ne...
our three rifles
our three rifles
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antlers on the outside wall of camp
antlers on the outsi...
the meat house
the meat house
Heading out in the morning. Note branches in canoe to dampen noise.
Heading out in the m...
Lac Fourchette, looking south
Lac Fourchette, look...
Claude Moisan paddling up to one of the blinds on Lac Fourchette
Claude Moisan paddli...
Spraying mare urine on a rag to attract Moose
Spraying mare urine ...
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Claude calling from one of the blinds
Claude calling from ...
Claude thrashing an alder bush as a bull Moose would do. The sound can attract Moose.
Claude thrashing an ...
Moose droppings, probably from last winter
Moose droppings, pro...
The blind at the south end of the lake. This area burned in 2005 in a large forest fire. The original blind was destroyed in the fire.
The blind at the sou...
Inside the blind. Rather comfortable actually!
Inside the blind. Ra...
The blind in the northeast bay of Lac Fourchette
The blind in the nor...
Another view of the watch in the NE bay of the lake
Another view of the ...
Inside another of the blinds
Inside another of th...
Northeast bay of Lac Fourchette. The electric motor on the canoe essentially made no noise at all.
Northeast bay of Lac...
The view looking down the northeast bay from the blind.
The view looking dow...
close-up of the Remington "Gamemaster"
close-up of the Remi...
The beautiful green of Black Spruce and yellow of  White Birch.
The beautiful green ...
Me, pretending to be a real hunter!
Me, pretending to be...
Tamarack needles were already yellow.
Tamarack needles wer...
Sphagnum capillifolium moss?
Sphagnum capillifoli...
Typical groundcover in area burned in 2005 -Blueberries and Sheep Laurel (downward pointing leaves).
Typical groundcover ...
Here we see mostly willow (species?) and Labrador Tea (orangish red and green leaves)
Here we see mostly w...
Labrador Tea
Labrador Tea
Willow that has been browsed by Moose
Willow that has been...
Squashberry (viorne comestible)
Squashberry (viorne ...
Regeneration of Black Spuce
Regeneration of Blac...
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close-up of Labrador Tea (Ledon du Groenland)
close-up of Labrador...
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Squashberry (Viorne comestible)
Squashberry (Viorne ...
Typical small fruits - left to right: cranberry (canneberges), bunchberry (cornouiller du Canada) and blueberry (bleuets)
Typical small fruits...
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Bunchberry was abundant. Only the plants with six leaves produce flowers and fruit.
Bunchberry was abund...
Coral Lichen, Labrador Tea and possibly Sphagnum capillifolium moss
Coral Lichen, Labrad...
My Quebec flora field guide
My Quebec flora fiel...
American Mountain-ash (sorbier ou cormier)
American Mountain-as...
A beautiful bracket fungus. Probably one of the polypores.
A beautiful bracket ...
close-up of Black Spruce bark, needles and cones
close-up of Black Sp...
top and bottom views of Labrador Tea
top and bottom views...
Bracket fungus
Bracket fungus
jelly fungus
jelly fungus
Coral Lichen (white), Blueberry (red) and Labrador Tea (green) - typical ground-cover in many areas
Coral Lichen (white)...
Two types of alder: Speckled Alder (aulne commun) on left and Mountain Alder (aulne crispe) on right
Two types of alder: ...
Area burned in 2005
Area burned in 2005
A beautiful beaver pond and meadow
A beautiful beaver p...
Beaver lodges were a common sight.
Beaver lodges were a...
Wolf scat
Wolf scat
Large bones extracted from wolf scat.
Large bones extracte...
a GPS is a must!
a GPS is a must!
Raynald imitating the call of a cow moose. Note the cloth covering on his backpack to absorb noise from rubbing against branches.
Raynald imitating th...
A blind 2 km south of Lac Fourchette
A blind 2 km south o...
Raynald in one of several canoes he leaves on neighbouring lakes.
Raynald in one of se...
Crossing a beaver dam
Crossing a beaver dam
Raynald leaves several canoes in the adjacent lakes
Raynald leaves sever...
one of many boggy areas
one of many boggy areas
Lots to trip over!
Lots to trip over!
A Moose trail. Why Coral Lichen is restricted to the trail is a mystery!
A Moose trail. Why C...
We think a bear destroyed this canoe.
We think a bear dest...
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Moose Hunt in northe...
Raynald's camp on the Manicouagan Reservoir
Raynald's camp ...
a morning view from the Manic camp
a morning view from ...
bank of clouds on the Manicouagan
bank of clouds on th...
a female Spruce Grouse
a female Spruce Grouse
Gray Jays were very common
Gray Jays were very ...
Labrador Tea
Labrador Tea
Old Man's Beard lichen (Usnea)
Old Man's Beard...
British Soldiers lichen
British Soldiers lichen
the new garage
the new garage
the two-story garage Raynald has almost completed at his Manicouagan camp
the two-story garage...
the beautiful solarium in the Manic camp
the beautiful solari...
ATV at Manicouagan camp
ATV at Manicouagan camp
A nice note left at the Manicouagan camp
A nice note left at ...
Raynald cuts and mills most of his own lumber
Raynald cuts and mil...
Heading home
Heading home
A beautiful, calm morning on the Manicouagan as Raynald took me back across the Manic to the landing.
A beautiful, calm mo...
the beginning of the long road home
the beginning of the...
The highway between Baie Comeau and Labrador City. It was a good idea to keep your eyes open!
The highway between ...
The traffic on Highway 389 between Baie Comeau and Fermont was surprisingly heavy.
The traffic on Highw...
Lots of Hydro-Quebec SUVs
Lots of Hydro-Quebec...
the sign as you leave Baie Comea, heading north. When a light is flashing, that section of the road is closed.
the sign as you leav...
Cow Moose killed in September 2013 the day after I left
Cow Moose killed in ...
Raynald with the cow they killed the day after I left!
Raynald with the cow...
Claude with the cow they killed the day after I left.
Claude with the cow ...