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    OK this is the formally announcement and invite to Members for a 2019 trip up the James Bay Rd, with a run out to the end of the Trans-Taiga Rd and back. The total Distance should be between 4500 and 5000 KM( Toronto return), but with side trips it could be a bit longer. I have driven the James Bay in my Transport truck and have always wanted to get back and take some time to enjoy the Fishing and Fowling in the area.Most of the trip will be on the "Highways"( ) with side trip down a few logging roads. I would guess the main activities will be driving, checking vehicles, taking pictures and seeing the sights. Along the way I hope there will be lots of fun around the , and we can all share a few at the end of the day.

    For anyone not familiar with the area here is a link to the James Bay Road and area.
    http://www.jamesbayroad.com/index.html

    For anyone thinking of doing some fishing and small game hunting here is a link to Quebec MNR.

    Hunting
    http://mffp.gouv.qc.ca/english/publications/online/wildlife/hunting-regulations/printed/index.asp

    Fishing( The trout and Char are the stuff of dreams)
    https://www.mffp.gouv.qc.ca/english/...ions/index.asp

    I am sure that everyone knows how to make this kind of trip, the only two things the website stresses about is Fuel and tires. I already carry 350 Liters (150 Gallons) of fuel( 80L in Stock frame tank, 193L in a tank from a Reefer trailer, and 80L in four cans)

    Now the website says it's not a trip to be taken with kids, but I know when I was young( 7/8 years and older) this kind of trip was fine with me and my brother. Sit in the car/truck for four or five hours, spend the next two days raising hell on the lakes and in the woods.
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    Well the wife just ended the James Bay Rd trip.

    Turns out that there would not only be no hunt possible, but no fishing as well. She says if she can't fish there will not be a trip.

    Time to make plans for TCAT and some exploring the back roads and trips between Terrace Bay and Long Lac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowwalker View Post
    Well the wife just ended the James Bay Rd trip.

    Turns out that there would not only be no hunt possible, but no fishing as well. She says if she can't fish there will not be a trip.

    Time to make plans for TCAT and some exploring the back roads and trips between Terrace Bay and Long Lac.
    Why no fishing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayhyland View Post
    Why no fishing?
    As it is now to hunt North of the 52nd parallel you would have to hire a guide, even for small game hunting like rabbits, grouse, ducks etc.

    The mandatory guide thing will be extended to fishing as well this year or next.

    With the large size of the area we plan to travel, and the small size of the areas that each outfitter controls compared to that the logistics and cost would be too much. Also having to book guides for a set of dates remove too much flexibility from to trip. I spend 49 weeks watching a clock and counting hours, minutes and seconds. On my three weeks off it would be forget what day it is at least once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowwalker View Post
    As it is now to hunt North of the 52nd parallel you would have to hire a guide, even for small game hunting like rabbits, grouse, ducks etc.

    The mandatory guide thing will be extended to fishing as well this year or next.

    With the large size of the area we plan to travel, and the small size of the areas that each outfitter controls compared to that the logistics and cost would be too much. Also having to book guides for a set of dates remove too much flexibility from to trip. I spend 49 weeks watching a clock and counting hours, minutes and seconds. On my three weeks off it would be forget what day it is at least once.
    So from now on you can't even drop a line in the water when you are camping without a guide? That seems crazy. That's just for Quebec right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayhyland View Post
    So from now on you can't even drop a line in the water when you are camping without a guide? That seems crazy. That's just for Quebec right?
    Just north of the 52nd Parallel in Quebec. South of there you do not need to hire a guide to fish or hunt small game. I can see that it is a good thing to protect resourses for the Natives and helps the economy in the north as well.

    We are going to travel part of the TCAT, and then explore the area between Terrace bay and Long Lac ON. We hope to add a couple more routes to the ontario section of Gravel Travel Canada's webpage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rayhyland View Post
    So from now on you can't even drop a line in the water when you are camping without a guide? That seems crazy. That's just for Quebec right?
    The labrador as something similar for the entire territory, you can only fish like 400 m from an official road, Esker road for exemple is technicaly private, so no fishing allowed witout a resident or a guide. I think new-foundland is the same.

    as for quebec, mostly the trans taiga and james bay road area. Do not think this apply to thw territoru along the 389 north of manic 5.

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