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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Remote Fly in Moose/Caribou Combo Hunt

Remote Fly in Moose/Caribou Combo Hunt Canada

We offer week-long guided moose - caribou combo hunts from our Newfoundland hunting camp located at Chucks pond. Our most common method of moose hunting is spot, stalk and calling. Newfoundland’s big game hunting season opens on the second Saturday of September. The moose number in our province are between 120,000 and 150,000 animals, with mature males weighing between 1000 and 1500 lbs. The rut begins throughout the last week of September (prime time) and into much of October. It is a Remote fly in hunt and the purchase of a hunt includes the following. Travel within Deer Lake (ie. airport pickup/drop off, meat and trophy deliveries to butcher/shipper, to/from float base, last minute shopping needs) Float plane flights to/from camp for hunters, gear, meat & trophies 7 nights at camp, all meals, field lunches, full bath with hot & cold running water, generated electricity, woodstove 6 days guided hunting Field preparation of meat and trophies (caping) Equipment use in the field (boat, quad, etc.) The combo hunt price is $10.000+licence $765 A bear tag can be combined with any of our hunts. Once the bear is harvested a $500 trophy fee will be applied. Bear hunts are not baited and are incidental while hunting for moose or caribou. Non-hunters are also welcome at the lodge at a rate of $2,500 per person. Please inquire for available dates.

Trip duration: 7 days

Trip available on: 30 September 2019 7 October 2019

$10,765 for 1 hunter
Fly-in 12-day Moose/Caribou Combo '19

Fly-in 12-day Moose/Caribou Combo '19 Canada

Woodland caribou hunting is only permissible in the province of Newfoundland. In all other areas of Canada, woodland caribou populations are too low to support hunting and are under various levels of protection. We are hunting woodland caribou from the Middle Ridge herd, the largest woodland caribou herd in Newfoundland. 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 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. 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. Rifles of 30 caliber, and loaded with 180 grain or heavier bullets are proven effective for hunting. Caribou hunting success rate = 95 per cent. Moose hunting success rate = 90 per cent

Trip duration: 12 days

Trip available on: 15 September 2019 17 November 2019

$19,500 for 1 hunter
Remote Fly in Moose-Caribou Combo '20

Remote Fly in Moose-Caribou Combo '20 Canada

We offer week-long guided Moose and Caribou hunts from our Newfoundland hunting camp located at Chucks pond. Our most common method of moose hunting is spot, stalk and calling. Newfoundland’s big game hunting season opens on the second Saturday of September. The Moose number in our province are between 120,000 and 150,000 animals, with mature males weighing between 1000 and 1500 lbs. The rut begins throughout the last week of September and into much of October. Newfoundland’s southernmost herd of Woodland caribou boast numbers of over 60,000 animals. In amongst the herd there are many trophy class animals to be hunted and harvested. Mature males can weigh upwards of 500 lbs, feature quite impressive racks, and are mahagony in color. The rut transpires early October into mid-November. Our hunts feature one guide per two hunters, with one-on-one guidance available upon request for additional $1000 USD. Our lodge at Chucks Pond is remote, public-free, with fly-in access only, and located in the pine martin ecological reserve. A bear tag can be combined with any of our hunts. Once the bear is harvested a $500 trophy fee will be applied. Bear hunts are not baited and are incidental while hunting for moose or caribou. Package price per hunter is $12,500+$1,335 licence fee, non-hunters are also welcome at the lodge at a rate of $2,500 per person. Please inquire for available dates.

Trip duration: 8 days

Trip available on: 14 October 2020 21 October 2020

$12,500 for 1 hunter
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