“My father and grandfather were the ones that taught me everything I know about moose hunting and moose calling,” said Deschaine in a recent interview.
Deschaine recently put the knowledge and skills he learned from his father and grandfather to the test in the first “World Championship Moose Calling Invitational” in Oquossoc, Maine on Saturday, June 23. Armed with his moose call, a pair of antlers, and his 5-year-old daughter Alayna, Deschaine took the stage at the moose-calling event to prove to the judges that his was the best.
“I started off trying to put people in the woods instead of inside at a competition,” said Deschaine of his stage performance. “I told them to picture themselves at their favorite hunting location in the Northern Maine woods, and just listen to the sounds around them.”
Deschaine went on to make those sounds, using his moose call to make a cow call and a bull call to take the audience through the process of a moose hunt. The final touch on the performance was Alayna.
“When I was done all my calls, I nodded over to Alayna and she came out and shot at me with her pop gun, as if she was shooting a moose. The crowd went crazy,” said Deschaine.
Alayna, who loves to go hunting and fishing with her dad, said that the crowd clapping and laughing was her favorite part.
The judges agreed with the crowd, as Deschaine took the first-place $1,000 cash prize. This is Deschaine’s third victory in a moose-calling competition. He has won two other first-place awards at the Presque Isle Fish and Game Club.
Deschaine recently found out that his father-in-law, Jerry Cyr of Madawaska, was the recipient of a moose permit this year, with Deschaine as his sub-permittee.
The competition, which was held at Oquossoc Marine, will be aired on national television in the winter or spring on the show North Woods Law on Animal Planet, which was there filming the event.
Though Deschaine does guiding during bear season as a licensed Maine Guide, he reserves the moose season for family, as he spends most of the season as a butcher.
“I do all kinds of meat cutting, from moose, deer, bear, wild meat basically,” said Deschaine.
Deschaine’s love for moose calling is shared by his family, as Deschaine’s wife Vicki and 2-year-old daughter Ciara, as well as Alayna all shared in his victory.
“The girls jumped right up on stage after I won, it was great,” said Deschaine.
As for Alayna, Deschaine is hopeful she will continue the tradition.
“When she’s 10, she’ll apply for her moose permit,” he joked.