Tag Archives: Frances Quinn

Buck fever no more!

Posing with the eight-point buck I took in the 2020 rifle season.

I tagged out for the 2020 rifle season in Wildlife Management Unit 66A on the second last day, bagging an eight-point buck. In all, I sat for five afternoons in two of the four deer stands my hunting buddies and I have on the property we hunt. Unseasonably warm weather kept me out of the stand for several days through the middle of the two week season. It is unusual to be walking outside in the second week of November in shirtsleeves. By the latter days of the rifle season, there were more seasonable temperatures. My enthusiasm for deer hunting waned as I heard reports from hunters around the Ottawa Valley that the bucks were not moving, at least not during legal shooting hours. I saw three does one afternoon during the first week of the season. There are deer on the property, and I held hope that a buck might wander into view before the rifle season ended. Continue reading

Remember, it’s a repeater!


Hunting from my deer stand in the 2018 rifle season with my 30:06.

“Remember, it’s a repeater,” my hunting buddy Jason reminded me after an afternoon deer hunt. Jason, his wife Fran and myself were seated in our deer stands on the farm near Spencerville where we have permission to hunt deer. It was Saturday, November 10th, and I remember it was a blustery afternoon. The tree to which my ladder stand is attached rocked in the high winds as I sat and watched for a deer. At approximately 4:30 pm my chance came when a deer bounded into view directly in front of me. The deer stopped, partially hidden in the brush. I raised my rifle (a Browning X-bolt Medallion in 30:06, loaded with a 150-grain bullet), and found the deer in the crosshairs. The deer stepped forward, offering me a view of its vital areas. I tried to steady the rifle, then squeezed the trigger. After the shot, I watched to see if I found the mark. The deer sauntered back in the direction it came, offering a clear broadside view as it made its way back into the brush. I sat in my stand–like a deer caught in the headlights–watching as the deer went on its way. Continue reading

No doe tag, no problem


Fran with the six point buck she shot on Remembrance Day 2017.

I took up whitetail deer hunting in earnest in 2011, and every following season I learn more about the sport and become more proficient as a deer hunter. I hunt with a “Gang of Four.” There are four of us in our cadre of deer hunters: myself, my friend and hunting buddy Omer and my friends and hunting buddies Jason and his wife, Fran. Jason is a seasoned deer hunter, and under his tutelage, I shot my first deer, a nice little doe, in the 2012 rifle season. One of the first things I learned from Jason is that you make certain to enter the antlerless deer draw every spring. Antlerless deer tags, or doe tags, are doled out by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources by lottery every year. The advantage of having a doe tag is that you are licensed to harvest any deer you see while hunting. Having a doe tag increases the odds you will bag a deer, so I make sure I enter the draw every year. I was disappointed when I was unsuccessful this season, so much so, I considered not hunting. Jason firmly reminded me that one does not get a deer sitting at home and not having a doe tag does not mean you will not see a buck. I heeded his words, but in the back of my mind remained pessimistic. As fortune proved, Jason got to tell me “I told you so.”

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Two birds with one stone

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Jason posing with a grouse he took on our morning hunt with Hera and Nos.

Got out today for an upland hunt with my friend Jason for the first time since his daughter Rose was born three years ago. I find my hunting buddies often have far less time for hunting once they become family men so it was great to get back in the field with Jason. I asked Jason the evening before if he would join me on a hunt for grouse and woodcock at the farm near Spencerville. He told me he had to be back by 1:00 pm as his wife Fran had plans. I reminded him that the it generally takes about two hours to sweep the grouse and woodcock cover on the farm so if we were in the field by 8:00 am we should have ample time for a morning hunt and get back to Ottawa in time. It is about an hour’s drive from Ottawa to the farm. Jason agreed to the plan and added that he wanted to bring the sacks of corn and mineral salt blocks along to set out by our deer stands and scout out a new location for his wife Fran’s ladder stand. We hunt deer on the farm during rifle season in November. This meant taking out his ATV so we could carry the sacks of corn and mineral salt blocks back into where our ladder stands are located. It was an ambitious agenda, but feasible if we timed it right. Continue reading

From buck fever to a wild goose chase


The first week of the rifle season in the area near Spencerville, Ontario where my hunting buddies and I sit in our stands during the deer season is over. What a week it was. We hunt on the farm of friends who allow us access. The farm is surrounded by crown land, much of it swamp.  Monday, November 3rd was the opening of the season. The Saturday before Jason, Omer and I put out 800 lbs of apples by Jason’s stand at the edge of a patch of  the swampland. Last season Jason shot a 6 point buck in the first hour on the opening day of the season from his stand. Jason was not with Omer and me for the opening of this season. Omer sat in Jason’s stand–Omer has yet to shoot a deer so we want him to get one this season if possible–I sat in Fran’s (Jason’s wife) stand. Jason and Fran have a four month old daughter, Rose, at home so their hunting opportunities are limited this season. In their absence, Omer and I, with their blessing, sat in their stands. Omer and I were in our stands by 2:00 pm. We sat until the end of legal shooting time, half hour after sunset, and no deer were seen. We heard shooting from the surrounding crown land, so it looked like a good start to the season for some of the deer hunters in the area. Continue reading

I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it. — Clint Eastwood


My friend and hunting buddy Jason Quinn shares my passion for hunting, dog training and the great outdoors. Oh yes, when people who see us together ask if we are father and son, I am quick to tell them, “no, he is not my father.” We are both gun owners, no surprise there, but Jason surpasses my interest in guns, being an avid collector and afficionado. He has membership in the Eastern Ontario Shooting Club, moderates the popular gun forum, Canadian Gun Nutz and has a vast knowledge of the history and the technology of the gun. He makes a point of being his own ombudsman when it comes to defending his right to own and use guns lawfully and peacefully. He and his wife Frances, a keen huntress herself I might add, were present in the House of Commons to witness the vote on Bill C-19  in 2012 that abolished the hated long gun registry. They were among those invited to the reception that followed and were introduced to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The long gun registry may be gone, but unfortunately the Firearms Act that spawned it is still in force. In a nutshell, this is a major problem in that the Firearms Act allows for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to amend the accompanying regulations without having them reviewed and approved by parliament. The RCMP has arbitrarily released a new list of prohibited a class of rifles manufactured by Swiss Arms, types of rifles that were lawful for Canadians to own since 2001 and cost between $3000 to $4000. It is estimated there are 2000 of the rifles in question in the hands of lawful owners in Canada. Understandably, this news is distressing to the owners, to say the least. They can take heart in the knowledge that there are men like Jason who refuse to roll over and go along with the arbitrary decrees of the RCMP. He wasted no time, drafting a letter to Prime Minister Harper, pointing out the glaring problem gun owners in Canada face with the Firearms Act in its current form still in effect. The text of his letter to the Prime Minister is listed below.

Dear Right Hon. Prime Minister Stephen Harper;
I am writing you today about the latest reclassification by the RCMP, of the entire Swiss Arms family of rifles from Non-Restricted to Prohibited.  What does this mean?  It means that the law abiding owners of these firearms are now required to turn them in without compensation.  Keep in mind that there are approximately 2,000 of these rifles in Canada, with an average value of $3,500 and this represents $7,000,000 dollars worth of private property.
What will the result be from this arbitrary reclassification by the RCMP?  Well, with a Federal election coming next year it will seriously hurt & undermine the CPC’s reputation amongst law abiding gun owners!  Don’t forget that there are 2 million law abiding and licensed firearms owners in Canada and they represent the support base which handed your Conservative Party its majority in the last election.
 And at this point, I think it is important to remind you of a promise you made in the House of Commons on the 19th of January 2002.  Let me quote;
“I was and still am in total agreement with the statement made in the House of Commons by former Reform Leader Preston Manning on June, 13, 1995: “Bill C-68, if passed into law, will not be a good law. It will be a bad law, a blight on the legislative record of the government, A law that fails the three great tests of constitutionality, of effectiveness and of democratic consent of the governed. What should be the fate of a bad law? It should be repealed…”
“(Bill) C-68 has proven to be a bad law and has created a bureaucratic nightmare for both gun owners and the government. As Leader of the Official Opposition I will use all the powers afforded to me as Leader and continue our party’s fight to repeal Bill C-68 and replace it with A firearms control system that is cost effective and respects the rights of Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly.”
Prime Minister Harper, I believe it is now incumbent upon you to act swiftly and decisively.  You must re-write Canadian Firearm Law before the next election so that it is clearly aimed at criminals and not the law abiding!  Now is the time to, and I quote you;“Repeal Bill C-68 and replace it with a firearms control system that is cost effective and respects the rights of Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly.”
I will close by saying that in the last election you were given a clear mandate by Canadians.  If your government chooses inaction on the firearms issue with such repeated miscarriages of justice by the RCMP, as outlined above, your Conservative support base will abandon you and this will pave the way forward for a change in government.  The plight of both the Conservative Party and all law abiding firearms owners in Canada hangs in the balance while you decide whether or not to honour your promise repeal the Firearms Act and replace it with a firearms control system that is cost effective and respects the right of Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly.
I remain, a hopeful Conservative voter for now…


Posted  by Geoffrey