By Benjamin Rochette @ouisurf @b_rochette
On the Road with Benjamin Rochette
When the Hooké gang calls you up for a trip to launch the small game hunting season, you just don’t say no. Being the son of a hunter, I had some of the fundamentals, but I had never taken the time to get my firearm certificate, to the great dismay of my father… Anyway, I discovered that it was possible to obtain a temporary licence* which allows, for a period of one year, to try all the kinds of hunting that Quebec has to offer. The only condition is to be accompanied by a person who holds a valid licence.
So off we went to one of the Outaouais outfitters, for three days with no cellular network. The dream! We opted for partridge hunting (or, for purists, ruffed grouse) as our first experience. Hiking the trails groomed by the outfitter made the activity all the more enjoyable! The place is perfect for this type of hunting. After only a few minutes of walking, I already had our dinner; needless to say, the excitement was at its peak. The feeling is very hard to describe, a kind of adrenaline rush mixed with the chagrin of killing an animal… Basically, an emotionally and spiritually rewarding experience. If this story has piqued your curiosity, I invite you to try this experience to understand what I mean.
For many, hunting may seem barbaric or even cruel, but for my part, it’s more the connection with nature that appeals to me; the return to basics, hunting for food. To have the chance to understand how our ancestors lived, if only for a weekend.
* The temporary licence in question is called an introductory hunting licence. For more information on the applicable conditions, consult the website of the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs: www.mffp.gouv.qc.ca/faune/chasse/permis-initiation.jsp
On the road, I strongly recommend driving along to the Web Série Oui.Surf playlist.
Favourites in the Region
- Parc régional du Mont Morissette
City: Blue Sea
- Parc régional du Lac 31 milles
- Boucherie Les bûcherons
Located in Mont-Laurier, this place is a must, not only for the quality of the products, but also for the boundless energy of its owner whose priority is to showcase local producers.
- Gatineau Surf City
During our visit last spring, we found a vast playground for surfers just a stone’s throw from Gatineau. The city, now known as Gatineau Surf City, is host to some of the best waves in the country for river surfing: Sewer, The Hole, The Wall and Dessert to name a few.
- Parc des Chutes Coulonge