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Re: Played good samaritan Saturday evening
That's a healthy view to have, there are so many NIMBYs up here you get tired of listening to their do's and don'ts.
I haven't had pheasant in a long while, but as I remember it's mighty tasty. Sick up to here with deer meat, had enough for life already.
You want to try something, try caribou. I couldn't get enough of it the two years I worked up on Baffin island in the Arctic.
The bronco carried tons of it from the dock to the different Inuit houses (and mine!). In the back, tied to the roof rack and even balanced on the hood sometimes even hanging out the tailgate.
I've had a lot of poorly cooked venison but never a bad piece of caribou. For the inexperienced cook, venison is easy to screw up and dry out. It the opposite with caribou. It's almost impossible to screw up caribou and the taste is to die for.
I tried everything put in front of me up there, from whale to musk ox, polar bear, several kinds of seal, even walrus ! the Inuit (and my brother) have always kept my freezer full of Arctic Char too. Once you've had char salmon tastes second class afterwards.
The halibut up there are beyond delicious and completely unwanted by the Inuit, so I got more than I could eat, ship South or give to visiting Southerners
We're all really grateful to the Americans that re-stocked Ontario and Quebec with wild turkeys, a century after their extinction. What a great idea and selfless act on their part.
I'm jones-ing to get a taste of one, but my buddies are having a hard time bagging them right now as they're a pretty good hunt, I'm told.
Bummer about your Canadian motorcycle buddy, must have looked like a 2 stroke for a while !
I hear you Norm
They're pretty far up the evolutionary ladder and truthfully killing bears doesn't feed us.
In Canada I have to respect the reasons for the bear cull, in most provinces, because they're more than a nuisance in 95% of Canada (the non-urban areas), they're an actual danger to residents.
Britain, Europe, Asia and most regions of America all cleaned out most of their bear populations as they settled and civilized their respective regions. Most of Canada is still unpopulated and very much wild.
While we did settle a lot of the most southerly areas, we've abandoned and great deal of them as we've come off the farm and urbanized for the last 80 years.
We live in less than 5% of the land. Heck 40% of our biggest Province lives in an area smaller than Britain, even though we've got land to spare.
While black bears, like your camp visitor, aren't that dangerous, just about every other kind up here is.
Browns, Kodiaks, Grizzlys and particularly Polar bears are all true hazards to us, mostly unarmed, Canadians. The silly gun control laws are so bad up here you can be charged for carrying a rifle for protection in the woods off season.
Good talking to you guys