- Always pick up empty shells; if you see shells on the ground, even if they are not yours, please pick them up.
- No hunting at both ends of the island; when we push animals to the end of the island they will swim/fly over to the next island
- No hunting near the house and any other buildings or structures for safety reasons.
- Use A.C.T.P.I. principals :
- Assume the gun is always loaded and keep the safety on at all time
- Control the muzzle (gun barrel)
- Trigger : never have your finger on the trigger, always on the trigger guard
- Prove to everyone that your gun is unloaded
- Identify your target before shooting with your gun.
- For your safety, wearing a fluorescent orange safety vest, shooting glasses and earplugs are mandatory.
- When hunting at Reaux island, Hervé is the master of the hunt.
- When pheasant hunting, Hervé will bring you out to a hunting zone. Once you get out of the truck/van, Hervé will give you instructions, please follow them – it will make your hunt safer and more enjoyable.
- When getting into hunting position, you must be in straight line with Hervé in the middle. Once positioned you must give Hervé time to prepare himself and his dogs; there are always 2 dogs present but only one being used at a time.
- When the master of the hunt gives the signal, the hunt begins. At this point, load your gun, make sure that your safety is on and enjoy your hunt!
- Hervé will start moving forward, you must advance at the same speed as him and must stop whenever he stops. The reason for this is that Hervé may have noticed a safety issue, or will be using one of the dogs for a downed bird. If you continue walking you will break the line and push birds forward and sideways. Only when he resumes, the line starts again. This will make it more pleasant as you will see more birds and make the dogs more efficient.
- When moving forward in the line, never fire backwards.
- You must not shoot birds on the ground.
In order to maintain future flocks, hunting female turkeys with their poults is strictly prohibited. Please do not shoot into the flocks where ever they may be as you will injure too many turkeys. A fat turkey too big to fly is the only exception to the rule on shooting on the ground.
Each hunter has the right to shoot 1 turkey.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL SAFETY RULES AND LIMITS ARE AT THE DISCRETION OF OUR HEAD-GUIDE.
Permits may be purchased at sporting shops pre-shooting. Deer that have been shot must be “tagged” and registered in Montmagny.
Although our deer population has varied greatly over the past years, we now to try and keep our headcount at about fifty, with a healthy balance of buck, doe, and fawn.
We are fortunate to have a unique Zone.
- We are not restricted to any firearm and are free to use muzzle-loading firearms, rifle, bow and crossbow throughout the season. Our head guide will advise you on what to chose.
- We are not restricted to shooting either buck or doe, rather it is the choice of our head guide and is ultimately determined by what will maintain a healthy balance for the ecosystem on the island.
- Deer hunter(s) must be accompanied by a guide.
More information may be found in the “MEMBERS” section (password required) of the website.
THE HUNTING DOGS
There are 3 hunting dogs: Jake, Rustler and Wally.
Breed: English Springer Spaniel.
2 types of hunting dog: Pointer and Flusher. These dogs are flushers.
Pointer: He will find the bird, stops, points it and raises his tail.
Flusher: He will go to the birds and make them take off.
- Please do not feed and give them treats. They have been trained for small game.
- These dogs are working in front of you. Don’t shoot in the grass and no shooting near the dogs
(25 feet from them).
There are 3 feeding stations (villages) on the island:
- Village Vézina is located on the plateau, completed in 2012.
- Village Henri-Perron is located on the plateau, completed in summer 2013.
- Village Perron is located on the plateau, completed in summer 2014.
Please refer to the map for their locations. The 3 stations offer food for all the birds and deer year round, and heavily stocked with hay and grain for the winter months.
Please do not fire within, or around, the villages.
There are 5 large fields on the plateau, and 9 fields on the lower level. Corn, oats and buckwheat are the primary foods grown. The result of feeding such healthy and nourishing food is very obvious when you enjoy your bird or venison.