Gaspesian kills moose with 68-inch trophy on his head
A Gaspesian hunted a moose with a plume measuring 68 inches wide, which places him in the largest ever harvested in Quebec.
Sylvain Beauchemin has been hunting for 37 years, but felt like it was the first time on October 4th.
“I flipped. It’s like it’s the first one I killed. I knew it was big, “says the hunter who harvested the animal on public land in Sainte-Florence, Gaspésie.
It was for him a whole game of bow hunting.
“I shot him 90 feet at 8:40. I shot him in the shoulder,” says Beauchemin.
He had to track the beast with his fellow hunters before shooting him again to finish him around 11:15. He managed to get the moose out of the forest at the end of the day only.
The whole village
The news spread through the village when he brought back his buck, which gave him 627 pounds of meat and a 68-inch wide plume with 17 spikes.
“The first night at home, I had to close my phone to get to wash. At one point, there were 40 cars parked in front of the house, “he laughs.
He plans to replace his plume 56 inches wide in his living room by the one of 68 inches. The hunter will have it officially measured as soon as it is dried.
For example, the famous “Matane Monster” that was the subject of a legal dispute, measured 55 inches wide, but had 47 points.
The man who had chased him had fought in court against the guide who accompanied him on his property.
His atypical plume was worth about $ 300,000.
“Harvesting an original over 60 inches in Quebec is an exceptional feat. When the feat is done using a bow, it’s even more impressive, “said Louis Turbide, editor-in-chief of Sentier Chasse Pêche magazine.
André Beaudry, official measurer, supplies the Trophée Québec site with records of the biggest and most beautiful plumes.
It must go back to 1948 in Val-d’Or to find a plume 68 inches wide.