Hunt­ing’s up, turkey num­bers down

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Wild­turkey hunt­ing sea­son in this re­gion, zone 6 south, be­gan on April 24th and con­tin­ues un­til May 15th. Hun­ters must take a turkey hunt­ing course in ad­di­tion to their ba­sic hunt­ing cour­ses to qual­ify for a per­mit which al­lows them to bring home two males. The hunt­ing is also only per­mit­ted from dawn to noon.

“We’ve al­ready reg­is­tered one hun­dred and ten wild turkeys,” said Pierre Lal­ib­erté, who has a reg­is­tra­tion sta­tion in his gro­cery store, Va­ri­etés Delorme et filles, in St. Hermenegilde. “Last year we reg­is­tered one hun­dred and sixty in the whole sea­son, and we still have two weeks to go,” he added. The av­er­age weight of the birds reg­is­tered at Mr. Lal­ib­erté’s sta­tion is eigh­teen pounds. “The big­gest I ever weighed here was twen­tysix pounds; he was an an­cient one!” A wild turkey look­ing for food at the

bot­tom of a bird feeder last win­ter.

Although the hunt­ing num­bers are up, the ac­tual num­ber of wild turkeys in this re­gion has de­creased in the last two years. Wild turkeys are re­ally ‘tough’ birds in that they can sur­vive the Que­bec win­ter, how­ever, the last two win­ters in this re­gion of Que­bec were colder than nor­mal and took their toll on the lo­cal pop­u­la­tions.

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