Many Quebec nemrods dream of going hunting in Western Canada to try to take one of their emblematic game there.
Just think of deer mules and white-tailed deer in the Prairies, mountain goats and bighorn sheep in the Rocky Mountains, bison and elk in Alberta, muskoxen and caribou in the Northwest Territories, cougars in British Columbia and moose from the Yukon to liven up all kinds of fantasies among real enthusiasts.
Alberta bison collected by Olivier Staub.
If you want to try your luck there, you have to go through an outfitter, be invited by a resident to certain specific places or participate in various draws.
During a stay in British Columbia, Hugo Gentelletti foiled this beautiful elk.
Steve Lantier, 41, has been hunting since he was a teenager. He loved the activity so much that he decided to take great measures to live his passion to the full and become a taxidermist specializing in big game. For more than 17 years, he has been bringing life back to life and showcasing the various sampled animals entrusted to him. His workshop, Taxidermie Shop, is located in Morin-Heights.
Muskox captured by Olivier Staub in the Northwest Territories.
Over time, he has hunted out west eight times, in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia. Drawing on his experience, he also advises his clients on the various rules to follow when bringing back game from another province, to maximize transportation costs, facilitate handling, etc.
The Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs has implemented measures to protect wild deer herds from the possible spread of the damned chronic wasting disease in wildlife.
Taxidermist Steve Lanthier and his huge grizzly bear from the Northwest Territories.
It is therefore prohibited to import whole carcasses and certain anatomical parts of cervids slaughtered outside Quebec, because pathogenic prions could concentrate in these parts.
Steven Shamandy's mountain goat and moose from of the Yukon.
As Mr. Lanthier explains, even for all other game, we cannot reduce everything that affects the brain, the eyes, the spine, the spinal cord, the tonsils, the lymph nodes, the testicles , internal organs such as the spleen, liver, heart, kidneys, mammary glands, bladder, etc.
The hunter can therefore repatriate degreased or tanned meat, skin and leather, wood without velvet or any parts mounted by a taxidermist. Those who want a bleached skull must boil it and clean it on the spot. To disinfect the skull cap, the ministry suggests “soaking it in a solution composed of at least 2% sodium hypochlorite (generally, this solution corresponds to a mixture of 50% bleach and 50% water), for 15 to 20 minutes”.
For more information, you can contact Steve at 450 806-2327 or visit the website taxidermyshop.com. All the game I present to you today have been naturalized by Steve Lanthier.