Hunting in McLaurin Bay: Pursuant to Section 20.1 of the City of Gatineau Bylaw 42-2003, the use of hunting weapons is prohibited in McLaurin Bay, except for the purpose of educational migratory bird hunting activities (i.e., Waterfowler Heritage Days) in Labyrinth, Murphy and La Crique Bays.
Migratory bird hunting is a popular activity in the territory. This hunt takes place mainly between mid-September and mid-November. Several hundred hunters spread out over the 28 km2 of territory, especially during the weekend of the opening of the hunt. The most frequently harvested species are wood duck, mallard and Canada goose. The proposed wildlife refuge is part of Hunting District F (click for migratory bird hunting regulations).
Despite the above regulations, other species are also hunted in the area, including wild turkey and white-tailed deer. The number of hunters involved is unknown, but it is certainly a marginal activity compared to the massive effort expended by duck hunters.
The main species sought after are walleye, pike, muskellunge, bass, crappie, yellow perch, yellow bullhead and channel catfish.
The main open water fishing areas are McLaurin Bay, Clement Bay, Lochaber Bay and the Ottawa River. In winter, the Centre de pêche blanche Gatineau operates a cabin and fishing equipment rental service in Clement Bay. Some anglers set up their own cabins in other areas.
The wildlife refuge project is part of fishing zone 25 (click for regulations).
© Serge Rivard
The wildlife refuge project is part of the UGAF 19 (click for regulations).
The trappers are grouped within the Association provinciale des trappeurs indépendants – chapitre Outaouais (APTICO).
- Boating activities
- Motorized activities
- Educational activities