Kevin, that’s Wayne P. He’s a nephew to Eric ( the licensee). He was a big help when it came to skinning Eric’s moose. He was a bit hesitant at the start because he had never worked on a moose before but man did he ever do a good job once he got going. He had a razor sharp knife and knew how to use it.
The 2019 hunt was unlike any that we ever had before. So many things were different.
This would be the first time that we would have to set up for the two seasons and our base camp would need to be relocated to a site 3 miles away from our usual site and our cache.
Luckily, our cache was still accessible on the week-end when the logging operations would stop. There was a lot of last minute changes that needed to be done but we were very fortunate that none of our hunting sites were blocked or influenced by the logging. So once we got set up it was hunting as usual. Also, we had the most licensees of any year since we started in 1994 which meant that the teams would have to cover a lot more ground than usual. All in all we didn’t do too badly.
Everyone that experiences Tent Town wants to come again. Most only get a chance to come once. But there are a few that were lucky. Dale is one of them. First it was his uncle...then his best friend...then his wife. Some people are just lucky. And he’s luckier than most because the team has decided to accept him as part of the support team as a volunteer. He’s not the first.
Rejean was a companion on James’ team in 2018.
He came on our Summer trip last year with his son and daughter...
JAMES AND DONNIE
James’ team ended up not filling their tag but Rejean really hit it off well with our team and enjoyed the hunt to no end.
He was very serious about joining us and helping on future hunts. He understood that we had a full team but that didn’t matter to him. He offered to come on all future trips to the Highlands at his own expense as a volunteer and help in any way that he could without remuneration of any type including portions of moose meat. It was an offer that we couldn’t refuse. Rejean is a workhorse. Since that offer he’s accompanied us on all of our Summer and hunting trips and has worked harder than most of our team members.
Heather and Dale joined us on our Summer trip this year and Dale approached us with the same proposition. It didn’t take us long to accept him under the same conditions that we have with Rejean. Dale harvesting Heather’s moose wasn’t a fluke. He was well prepared. He had practiced his call and had the experience of having been on two previous hunts with us. Calling in and taking that moose completely on his own demonstrated how devoted a moose hunter he has become. He'll be a big asset to the team.
This Spring he decided to strip the bark off a few of the birches on his woodlot...He ended up with this:
I think we’ll be all set for callers for a while...LOL
With the exception of Christien, we’re all in our 60’s and 70’s. So it won’t be that many years before Rejean and Dale will be bonafide members of the team because we’ll all be gone. In the mean time we’ve got two very able and willing helpers that will contribute in any way they can and we just have to feed them.
And Lord knows preparing enough food has never been a problem for us... LOL
The arrival of another unexpected guest was the icing on the cake for our 2019 hunt. I never in my wildest dream would have expected this. I was in the galley tent with the rest of the crew when I heard a vehicle drive up. I didn’t pay too much attention to it.
Several minutes after, who walks in but Peter Fenn.
What a surprise...!! He had taken time off from his job in Edmonton, flown to Halifax and rented a 4 wheel drive jeep to join us on Hunters’ Mountain. He had colluded with Don and the rest of our crew. I was the only one that didn’t know he was coming.
We had to change the sign to: “GLAD” You were here...
Pete would play a pivotal role in Eric’s hunt...
This is him with Don in 2009...
This photo holds a special significance to our 2019 hunt which I'll explain later...
Man, it felt like the old days having both of them back with us.
Eric has a brother in law that is an executive chef. Eric often works with him when he’s in the area and has become a very good cook in his own right. He promised to give me a break by preparing two main meals over the week-end. I photo documented his work. It was nothing short of a “Piece de Resistance”. His first meal would be a relatively simple meal but his second preparation was nothing short of outstanding.
Friday night, no one felt like cooking so I took out some frozen chili and reheated it in the chafing dish...
Heather and Robert along with Don and Philip had made sure that all the dishes and pots and pans were clean and stacked.
While they were doing this I had a chance to arranged all the dry goods, can stuff, veggies and desserts in an orderly way, as well as clear a work area for Eric. The Galley would be ready for him to take over for the week-end...and he sure did in no small way.