Where to hunt Woodland Caribou
Woodland caribou, true to its name, prefers forests to tundra. For their winter survival they depend on the kinds of lichen that only grow on very old trees. Habitat loss due to logging and other threats diminished woodland caribou numbers across the North American continent, and the only place where it can be legally hunted is the Canadian province of Newfoundland.
Woodland caribou hunts start at about 10,000 USD. As a large part of the price comes from the cost of travel to remote areas of Newfoundland, it’s advisable to combine woodland caribou hunting with hunting other species such as moose. Combination hunts typically are a better value.
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It’s amazing how creatures can adapt to living in the harshest of environments. You’d never thought that something as unappetizing and unnourishing as lichen can support tens of thousands of robust and hard-going deer. Yet, here they are, all over the Northern Hemisphere: known as reindeer in Eurasia and as caribou in North America, the Arctic deer is the source of life for many indigenous peoples, and an irresistible attraction for hunters from the developed countries.October 4, 2018 Caribou
When to hunt Woodland Caribou?
Resident hunters prefer to hunt caribou either in the early or in the late part of the season, because the flesh of an adult bull during the rut may be unpalatable. Hunters who would like to harvest a bull with antlers in prime shape, however, would have to time the hunt after the bulls get their antlers out of the velvet stage and before they drop the antlers after the rut.
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Woodland caribou hunting is said to be more predictable than tundra caribou hunting, because this species does not typically do large scale mass migration. Still, caribou are constantly on the move, and spot-and-stalk is a very active pursuit that will take the hunter for many miles across the woods, meadows and bogs. The alternative method is to predict the motions of the herd and ambush it. Successful guides often combine the two methods.
Why hunt Woodland Caribou? All hunts (8)
Newfoundland and Labrador woodland caribou can weigh between 350-500 pounds, and mature bulls may tip the scales at some 700 pounds. They carry large and impressive antlers that are typically semi-palmated and resemble those of the fallow deer. In addition to these trophies, which are for a true hunter only material symbols of the challenge of the hunt, a great attraction for woodland caribou hunting is the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere in the unspoilt wilderness, among crystal clear lakes and primal woods of the province.
Fly-in 7-day Woodland Caribou Hunt Canada
Big game hunting for Woodland Caribou is allowable only in Newfoundland. We hunt the Middle Ridge herd - the largest woodland caribou herd and the one with the highest proportion of trophy class animals. Large males, weighing upwards of 500 lbs. and sporting an impressive mahogany colored antlered crown is beautiful to see and a challenge to hunt. The mating period for caribou usually occurs during the period early October to mid November. 25% of the woodland caribou taken here are record book specimens. Woodland caribou hunting is akin to moose hunting in that this caribou shares a large portion of its range with moose, and is relatively sedentary, making only short migrations to calving/summer range and winter range. Woodland caribou hunting is truly an enjoyable experience, and for us a premium big game hunting adventure. Each day of woodland caribou hunting begins with an early rise and a hearty breakfast. As with moose hunting, you will leave camp just as the dawn begins to show. Prime woodland caribou hunting areas are within a short walk, and sometimes caribou will emerge from the bush within rock throwing distance from the hunting lodge, or on the beach in front of the hunting lodge. If that doesn't happen, your hunt package includes one return helicopter trip to the major rutting areas. We are located on the route followed by the famous British hunter and traveler John G. Millais who returned to Newfoundland in 1904 to hunt woodland caribou because of hunting stories he had been told previously while hunting elsewhere in Newfoundland. His account of his experiences was recorded in his book "Newfoundland and its untrodden ways." You will be able to hunt this same ground, virtually unchanged. Rifles of 30 caliber and loaded with 180 grain bullets are proven effective for woodland caribou hunting. CARIBOU HUNTING SUCCESS RATE = 95% (past three years))
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 15 September 2019 17 November 2019
GRAND SLAM! Moose/Caribou/Bear Combo '19 Canada
Our hunt starts on Monday. If you are flying into Newfoundland via Deer Lake Regional Airport, plan to arrive on Saturday. We can arrange hotel bookings and you pay upon check-out. On Sunday, ground transportation will be provided to Peter Stride’s Pond, from where we fly you into Spruce Pond. On-site transportation is provided by boats and Argos. The use of boats allow us cross ponds to get to desired hunting grounds quickly and easily. Our boats are strategically placed to give guests easy access to prime hunting areas. The Argos are hardy vehicles ideally suited to get through the roughest terrain in the area, yet still be able to accommodate a guide, hunter and their animal. Moose is Newfoundland’s most popular big game animal and can weigh up to 1,200 lbs. With some of the highest moose populations in North America, it’s no wonder that Newfoundland is the destination for serious big game hunters. You will hunt from our main lodge or one of our spike camps. We mainly use spot and stalk technique. Let our experienced guides call out a moose on your next hunt with us. A combination of genetics, excellent habitat and very low hunting pressure make the Newfoundland Black Bear bigger than any of its North American cousins. The fall bear hunt starts the second week of September and can be pursued in combination with moose, woodland caribou or both. Please note: This is offered as a stumble-on hunt only, with no baits. The Woodland Caribou inhabiting Newfoundland are the southernmost on the continent and this is the only place in the world where this species can be legally harvested. Attention Hunters: Because of declining animal populations, Newfoundland outfitters have had their licence allocations reduced. As a result we have an extremely limited number of caribou licences available and these are sold on a first-come basis.
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 10 September 2019 31 October 2019
Fly-in Moose / Caribou Combo Hunt 2x1 Canada
Newfoundland is home for the Eastern Canadian Moose and we have the highest moose population per square mile than anywhere in North America. Newfoundland offers the prime habitat for the Moose to thrive in. Trophy Eastern Canadian Moose are bulls from 40-55 inches, in fact 40-50 inch bulls are quite common. Calling is our main method while hunting during prime time hours and then using high vantage areas to spot and glass animals during mid-day. Newfoundland is the only place in the world where Woodland Caribou species can be legally harvested. While the Caribou rifle hunting season in Newfoundland does not start until the second week of September, archery hunting precedes it by two weeks and continues through the regular season, allowing for prime caribou hunting, moose hunting and excellent stalking. Hunts are from Sunday to Sunday giving six full days of hunting on 2-on-1 basis. Fall Black Bear Hunt can be added to Moose or Caribou hunt for cost of license at $169.50 and a trophy fee of $1500.00 will be applied when a bear is harvested. Firearm declaration form will be provided to all clients for their guns to give to custom's agent. 6 hunting days / 7 nights package offer per hunter: $18,000. Rates are in US$.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 1 September 2019 1 November 2019
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