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About hunting in Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada’s easternmost province, Newfoundland and Labrador, comprises the island of Newfoundland and the mainland of Labrador to the northwest, about 156,500 square miles of beautiful coastal, bog, and tundra scenery. The province, particularly the island of Newfoundland, is an extremely popular hunting destination. Moose, black bear, and woodland caribou are the province’s marquee big-game species. Taking all three of these animals constitutes the “Newfoundland Grand Slam.” Waterfowling and upland hunting for willow ptarmigan and grouse is also excellent. There are approximately 120,000 moose on the island of Newfoundland, the most concentrated population in North America. Rifle hunters typically enjoy an 85 percent success rate, and hunters can also choose to hunt with bow or muzzleloader. These moose do not get as large as the moose in western Canada, but they are plenty big, weighing up to 1,200 pounds and with antler spreads that occasionally reach 50 inches. Newfoundland and Labrador is home to thousands of woodland caribou, the only huntable woodland caribou herds in the world. Woodland caribou hunters in the past have experienced a 90 percent success rate. Caribou quotas have been reduced in recent years, so hunting these magnificent animals is a treasured opportunity. Mature bulls can weigh between from 350 to 500 pounds and sport unique racks that are heavier and more compact than other varieties of caribou. The 10,000 or so black bears that live in Newfoundland and Labrador tend to be larger than most because of excellent genetics and low hunting pressure, occasionally tipping the scales at 650 pounds. Two bears are typically allowed per license, and bear hunts are conducted in both spring and fall. Non-resident big-game licenses in Newfoundland and Labrador are only available through a licensed outfitter, and nonresident hunters must possess a valid license and be accompanied by a licensed guide to hunt big game. They must also possess proof of having met their own jurisdiction's hunter education requirements. Small game and waterfowl hunters do not require guides. Hunters must possess a game export permit to take game out of the province. Export permits are available free of charge from all Forestry/Wildlife Offices and licensed outfitters. Hunters who are coming to Canada from the United States should remember that they must declare all game taken when they re-enter the United States and should obtain the necessary forms prior to leaving. Nonresident black bear hunters also require a CITES permit to transport black bear parts outside Canada. For more information about hunting in Newfoundland and Labrador, see http://www.flr.gov.nl.ca/wildlife/hunting/.
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Moose 2/1 Guided Hunt 2021 Canada
The Island of Newfoundland is without doubt the place to hunt moose in North America right now. Consider two facts: Newfoundland boasts a current moose population of approximately 120,000 and hunter success rates across the province exceed over 80 percent. Moose experts agree that Newfoundland has the most dense moose population in North America. These large well-managed populations provide a excellent venture for the big game hunter. Guests will arrive at our lodge a day before hunting, and leave the day after their hunt is finished..No hunting on travel days. Your gear should include a good sleeping bag suitable for cold climate as temperatures may vary that time of year and a good pair of rubber boots about 15" high. A good suit of waterproof clothing, a pair of binoculars and a camera are also good things to bring Non Hunter welcome to come along $1000USD
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 10 Sep 2021 21 Oct 2021
Fly-in 7-day Moose Hunt '20 Canada
Moose hunting and Newfoundland have become virtually synonymous. We use the spot and stalk moose hunting style mixed with an appropriate and timely chorus of moose music and antler rattling. Each day of moose hunting begins with an early rise and a hearty breakfast. You will leave camp just as dawn begins to show. Prime moose hunting areas begins right at the doorstep. Your hunting guide will provide everything needed to support you during each day of moose hunting. Successful moose hunting requires communications between hunter and guide. This ensures that every element of your moose hunting adventure is tailored to your needs. You and your moose hunting guide are a team. Moose (Alces alces) is the largest member of the deer family. Mature males sometimes weigh up to 1500 lbs. Many areas of the province boast the highest moose densities in the world. A large bull moose, standing higher than a large saddle horse and sporting a massive antler display can be an imposing and challenging quarry. The mating period for moose, considered by many hunters the most successful time for hunting, runs from late September to early November. Notwithstanding the rut period, some of the very best times for hunting moose is after the rut, during the latter part of November. Newfoundland moose are classified as "Eastern Canadian" by "Boone and Crockett", "Pope and Young", and "Safari Club International". Though generally smaller in body and antler size than their Alaskan cousins, Newfoundland moose are no less challenging to hunt. Hunting season begins in early September with a two week "archery only" component, followed by a general season with archery, rifle and muzzleloader until the end of December. Rifles of 30 caliber, and loaded with 180 grain or heavier bullets are proven effective for moose hunting. MOOSE HUNTING SUCCESS RATES IS 90% (26 YEAR AVERAGE).
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 15 Sep 2020 24 Nov 2020
Spring 12-day Black Bear Trophy Hunt '20 Canada
The most exciting black bear hunting is done during the September to October time period when there is a profusion of wild berries, and when caribou are migrating from summer to winter ranges. Bears often select an area along a well worn caribou migration route, where there are clumps of scrub evergreen in which to conceal their presence. The best hunting technique is to locate a high elevation from which you can get a clear view of the largest possible area, and then set up with binoculars or spotting scope and continue to scan the area. This black bear hunt has proven to be much more than a hunt – it’s an education on how the mechanics of nature are applied "in the raw". You’ll bear witness to the techniques these specialists have developed and perfected in maximizing their predatory effectiveness. Outside of this black bear hunt, very few hunters have been fortunate enough to have a front row seat from which to view the full story on black bear predation on woodland caribou calves, & sometimes adults. Their activities attract bald eagles, coyotes, foxes, and lynx. Only the coyote can be harvested as a byproduct of the black bear hunting, and we encourage you to do so at every opportunity. A study conducted by the Newfoundland Wildlife Division revealed the male black bear in our area is 37% larger, and female is 55% larger on average then their cousins in New Brunswick, Quebec, Maine, and Alaska. You won’t be hunting with a busload of hunters. You will be in remote wilderness, where we manage the hunting. So, bring your heavyweight bows and rifles. This is Black Bear Hunting at its best.
Trip duration: 12 days
Hunting season: 25 May 2020 1 Jul 2020
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