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Since hunting this fearful animal with a sharp sense of hearing and smell is synonymous with adventure and complete immersion in nature, it is important to locate the range of white-tailed deer, which extends from east to west, in both Quebec and Ontario.
Once on site, locate abandoned swamps or orchards, deciduous forests, mixed forests, and especially their clearings and edges. You will have a good chance of finding this game, which moves around mainly at dawn or dusk. Its territory extends over an area that can range from 20 to 150 hectares and it prefers coniferous forests in winter where it meets in herds, tracing paths between trees. To learn more about white-tailed deer hunting, don’t hesitate to consult our outdoor enthusiasts in store, who will be happy to share their hunting secrets with you. Most importantly, gear yourself up with the right gear and essential accessories.
Here is a list of regions where white-tailed deer may be found in these two Canadian provinces.
WHITE-TAILED DEER HUNTING IN QUEBEC
1. Trois Lacs Outfitters, Lower St. Lawrence
White-tailed deer, moose, snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse… the Pourvoirie des Trois Lacs welcomes you to its private forests. Housed in cottages, you can hunt with a bow, crossbow or black powder rifle and fish in lakes or rivers. Right of access, boat, wood stove and fireplace, evisceration site, everything is at your disposal for an exceptional stay.
2. Lake Saint-Pierre Outfitter, Lanaudière
In the heart of the Lake Saint-Pierre archipelago, the Lake Saint-Pierre Outfitter welcomes you to its private game forests and renovated rustic cottages. You will hunt deer and duck with a rifle, bow or crossbow. Its plus: a fishing summer camp for young people aged 9 to 15.
3. Aventures Évasion Estrie, Estrie
Estrie outfitters are recognized as an ideal area for white-tailed deer hunting. Among them, the Outfitter Aventures Évasion Estrie, near Mont-Mégantic National Park, offers you the opportunity to enjoy a 10,000-acre hunting area. Deer, bear, moose, small game, you will live the dream of every hunter with the best amenities: boat, wood stove and fireplace, battery recharge and evisceration site.
4. Sépaq Anticosti, Côte-Nord
Anticosti makes hunters dream beyond our borders. There are 20.9 deer per square kilometer, one of the highest densities in North America. With Sépaq Anticosti, hunting takes on another dimension: still hunting or hunting from a ground blind, you will experience the ultimate hunting experience from September to October in cottages or rustic camps. Organized flights from Montreal and Quebec City are possible and all your transportation needs are taken care of. You will benefit from the best services of a guide who can calibrate your gun, accompany you in the forest, suggest hunting techniques, and gut and package your game.
WHITE-TAILED DEER HUNTING IN ONTARIO
5. Indian Point Camp, Dryden
Debatably the best deer-hunting destination in Canada, Dryden is the place to go for white-tailed deer in Ontario. With the highest concentration of this species in the province, Indian Point Camp is located right in the middle of Dryden and Ignace, aka the Whitetail Triangle. The outfitter will help you get the whitetail buck of your dreams.
6. Rainy Lake Outfitters, Fort Frances
As Northwestern Ontario is arguably the most fruitful place to visit for white-tailed deer hunting, here’s another location. Rainy Lake Outfitters just west of Fort Frances, where the outfitter has exclusive hunting rights to over 2000 acres of land. Also part of the Whitetail Triangle, hunters are sure to find a prize here.
7. Muskie Bay Resort, Nestor Falls
Firearms and bow hunting are allowed here, at Muskie Bay Resort in Nestor Falls. Bow hunting runs from September 15 to November 15, and firearm hunting runs from the first Saturday in October until November 15. The outfitter provides access to hunting on previously undisturbed islands and peninsulas for a really unique experience.
8. Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, London
If you live closer to Southern Ontario, there is hunting available at the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, near London. Several properties for hunting are offered, though hunters must apply for their game of choice and be entered into the hunting draw. Deer, turkey, and coyote hunting is obtainable to hunters, and more information is available on the UTRCA website.
No matter where you choose to hunt, following the rules and regulations in place is a must. Then, all that will be left to do is enjoy the thrill of the hunt!
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