The numbers aren’t complete yet, but the whitetail harvest in eastern Canada is shaping up to be very low.
As of November 17, 2015 only 29,746 whitetail deer were harvested in the province of Quebec during the open season.
That number, while incomplete, looks to be barely over half as many as taken during the 2014 campaign. Zone 10 which is part of the Ottawa area including the Laurentians had checked in 2,931 deer compared to 6,768 in 2014.
This report includes the famed Anticosti Island region and is relative to all the harvests reported in the last ten years.
Seasons are still open in some areas including black powder until mid-December. Even if the fantastic happens and 10,000 more deer are reported between now and the end of the regular season the harvest will remain well below yearly averages.
Questions like are there fewer hunters, are the herds diminished in some way, and factors like the weather are all a part of the report and still need time to answer.