There are some so-called “Bargain hunts” in Newfoundland. Typically it means you join all the locals in their pickup trucks, cruising all the back roads hoping a stupid trophy animal will walk out, stand still, allow you to get close and then shoot it. Not a good formula for success! And there are some highly publicized lodges that are equally unsuccessful. One lodge regularly hosts outdoor writers, gives them a free trip in return for an article about their “great” hunting, and then those who follow leave bitterly disappointed.
Realize that quality animals in this province consistently come ONLY from areas that are largely unreachable by residents. Moose and caribou need time to develop trophy antlers. This means sticking to fly-in operations. The second criterion to look for is low hunter numbers in camp, to ensure a quality hunt and plenty of trophy animals. The third criterion is picking an outfitter who gets you remote by a fly-in, and who has solid camps and guides. There are many sad stories of inadequately equipped outfitters, so this is important. There are cheaper hunts, but you need to beware and use caution. We know several lodges publicized by outdoor writers to whom we would not send our worst enemy!
All hunts are 1X1 guiding and in addition they employ a full time culinary staff at the lodges. A day’s hunt begins with you and your guide having a prepared hot breakfast before daylight. You and your guide will discuss the and make a plan for the day’s hunt. Based on your interest and ability, your guide will recommend the hunting scenario. He may suggest that:
- You travel by boat using the waterway and strategic hunting stands;
• You use the overnight tent camps to go further away from the lodge to reach higher grounds in a day;
• You hunt around the lodge using hunting stands;
• You hunt strategic areas with ground blinds that allow camouflage;
• You do the common place spot and stalk to cover the most ground.
When you depart the lodge after breakfast, your hunt will begin immediately. At mid-day, you can choose to stay out hunting and have a Newfie boil up for lunch or you may choose to return to the lodge for a hot meal.
Once a hunter makes a kill, the guide will field dress it, de-bone it, meat bag it and bring it all back to the lodge. A hunter can help if they wish and if they have the physical ability to do so; or the guide wil tae care of everything. . You will return to the lodge at dark where a hot shower and meal awaits you.
TRAVEL: Travel to Newfoundland can be accomplished by either air or ground. By air, guests arrive in Deer Lake, where you will be greeted at the airport and brought to your hotel. You will be met the next day at your hotel and driven to the helicopter for your flight into the lodge. The same service will be given on your return from the lodge. On your return trip, you will be picked up from the helicopter and driven to the hotel or the airport to catch your flight back home.
MOOSE: It is believed that Newfound land has the highest density of Moose in North America and average success on moose is about 85% and shot opportunity is even higher. Rates would be even greater if hunters were in better physical condition.
CARIBOU: Newfoundland is the only place in the world where non-residents can harvest a Woodland caribou. Prices have jumped greatly in recent years due to restrictive numbers of tags, so doing your hunt for the carribou SLAM- is a do it right now proposition. Again, for 2018- caribou tags have been cut back. If you want a caribou hunt here, you MUST book 12 to 20 months in advance!!
BEAR: If you might want to take a bear, you pay $500 up front, which includes the $200 license. If you take a bear, there is no extra charge. If you do not take a bear, you do not get a refund- but Hey- a bear hunt for just $500? A no brainer we think if a bear is on your list.
LODGING: All lodges are in remote locations requiring helicopter transportation. They are all fully equipped with all modern amenities and each site has generated electricity, propane stoves, showers, refrigerators and indoor plumbing with hot and cold running water. Two lodges have comfortable sitting rooms with television, remote internet and phone services. The others have remote internet and phone or satellite phone services. All have home style meals that are prepared by a full time cook on site. Bedrooms are double occupancy and bedding and linens are supplied.
Wounding Policy: In the event a hunter wounds an animal, where blood can be tracked but the animal does not fall, the guide and hunter have the responsibility to make every reasonable effort to search for the animal. If the animal is not located after an adequate amount of time has been spent searching, your hunt for that species is considered finished. Some discretion here is obviously applied by the outfitter.
AIR TRAVEL: If traveling by air, your airport destination will be Deer Lake (YDF). Flights can be made from anywhere in the USA with a connection in Halifax, Montreal or Toronto to arrive in Deer Lake, NL. This travel can be accomplished without overnight travel and THE OUTFITTERS representative will meet you upon your arrival. The following airlines provide scheduled services to and from the province: Air Canada, West Jet and Provincial Airlines.
Airfares are generally more economical if made well in advance through your travel agent.
GROUND TRAVEL If traveling by automobile, make your way to North Sydney, Nova Scotia and board a ferry for a 6 -7 hour journey to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador. Port aux Basques to Deer Lake is a distance of 250 kilometers, or approximately 2½ hour drive.
The ferry service provider is Marine Atlantic, a Canadian Government enterprise. You are advised to contact Marine Atlantic for reservations and passage. We advise that you reserve the ferry very early to ensure available transportation.
2018 PRICING: TERMS: 50% deposit; balance due by June 30th.
Moose !x1: One Week $7500
Caribou 1×1: One Week $12,000
Moose and Caribou Combo- one week $17,000
Incidental black bear $500
2018 OPENINGS AS OF 4/10/18: September 9-16 (5 open); Sept 16-23 (4 open); Oct 7-14 ( 4-7 open)
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Deer Lake, NL
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