Speaking of deer, it was interesting to note that even in the worst year on record there were some beautiful bucks taken across the province. Another thing I noticed was very few of those old gnarley racks were taken. A buck usually has to live 6.5+ years in good habitat to be able to add the energy to developing a heavy rack. Maybe the age class of our herd is shifting downward? Regardless, we are lucky that most bucks here are over 200 lbs. and have a nice rack with 8 or more points at 4.5 years. My last blog shows some of the bucks taken by residents across the province. These photos clearly show the potential our herd has if given all the right ingredients to grow and sustain themselves. But we hunters must help them if they are ever going to reach their potential. I have laid out a plan for recovery of our deer herd in the previous blog entry. This plan comes from my personal observations and hopefully, the powers that be will implement some variation of this plan into action. Something has to be done!
I want to show some photos of hunters who were skillful enough to kill a "Grand Slam" of big game animals here in New Brunswick last year. This is not an easy task to do because first of all you have to be lucky enough to get drawn for a moose tag. Then you have to take a moose, deer and bear. You will note that these hunters many times take quality animals in completing this endeavor. This first hunter is well known in outdoor circles and does well in the woods and on the water. This gentleman also catches some beautiful salmon early in the season on the Northwest Miramichi. He is a very well rounded outdoorsman and that can be said for all the hunters that accomplish this feat. This first photo shows the moose he took in 2015.