||December 12, 2008
Bonfield Man’s Incredible Hunts
who lives on highway 17 near the Bonfield turn off
(531) has been hunting for 46 years since he was 15. He was one of 18 children
from a family in Wolf Lake Quebec. He got his first rifle, a 303 army rifle for
24 dollars he saved from a part time job.
(left) and brother Rheal in 1962 with Andre’s
When he was 15 he and his brother
Rheal heard about a large buck deer that his
community talked about for years. They went hunting and when Andre got to the
top of a hill he saw the buck and dropped it. Everyone said it was the biggest
ever in the area– 260lbs. Things were tough so the deer was traded for a pair
of new snow tires for the family car. He was hooked on hunting.
In 1967 he moved to
Ontario and hunted out of a camp on the Kiosk Road (630).
Andre and his partners Jean Yves and Jan Cartier lived in the bush in tents and
travelled by foot. Andre later travelled greater distances to hunt especially
in the Eldee area. He acquired more guns and
equipment. Over the years they got 32 deer and 24 moose.
October 23, 2008 Andre decided to hunt on crown land with four friends-
Joe Desgrosselliers, Leo
Blais, Mike Savage and Mark Amyotte. In some
areas there are restrictions on the size of the hunt, but not where they went.
Calves can be hunted without a tag. They had not had a tag for a cow or bull
for eight years but one of the group got one this year.
They spread out and walked for an
hour and a half when Andre saw four moose – a calf, a cow and two bulls about
400 feet away. He quickly took down the calf and approached it. He saw more
blood and followed it and realized that with one shot he had got the calf and
the cow. The men had a story of a lifetime and lots of moose for
Andre Ladoucer by
his gun cabinet Doug Mackey photo.
When I visited Andre I noticed dozens
of trophies and found he was one of the best chain saw sculptors around and that
he makes his living with a skidder and a chain saw cutting logs. The sign on
the front of his house says LUMBERJACK but it should now also say FAMOUS
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