Healthy Deer Harvest in Ottawa
Hunting is already a thrilling sport, but add a little competition and you can have quite a thrilling and rewarding time. This year Gourley's Variety and Gas Bar in Ottawa held their annual buck-and-doe contest, where winners in different categories can win money as well as other prizes.
This year Gourley's contest had 356 entrants, up from 336 last year. However the same number of deer were weighed as in 2010, with a total of 64. One buck that weighed in at 249 lbs dressed was entered by Keven MacDonald into the contest and he believed that he had been the one to take this buck, but when he found out his brother-in-law had indeed made the kill shot he didn't want to take credit for the buck. His brother-in-law unfortunately was not in the contest, so that buck may have been the largest but did not take home any prizes.
Winning buck was 224 lbs with a 15 pt rack. The largest doe was 156 lbs. The oldest successful hunter was Henry Rosien at age 81 and the youngest successful hunter was Colin Kopetoske at 12. On top of all the prizes Gourley's also donated $1,000 to Renfrew Victoria Hospital's Call to Action campaign on behalf of registered hunters.
Ottawa's 2011 deer season was the healthiest it's been in three years. There were a lot of deer in the field, with a high number of does and fawns. From YourOttawaRegion.com.