Eastern Canadian Moose - Newfoundland
Eastern Canadian Moose
This hunt takes place in the scenic Long Range Mountains of Western Newfoundland. Bordered by Gros Morne national Park on one side and the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the West and South, this area is a mecca for trophy moose. With the island of Newfoundland boasting some of the largest densities of moose in the world, the North Arm Hills harbors some of the highest densities on the island – upwards of 6 moose per square kilometer. On a normal day hunters will see 20-30 moose on average and encounters with trophy moose are normally a daily occurrence. Encompassing some 1200 sq kilometers, this remote territory is only accessible via helicopter and experiences minimal hunting pressure. This, in addition to being intensely managed to prevent over harvest, results in exceptional trophy quality (average moose is in the mid 40’s with largest moose reaching into the mid 50’s). Hunting takes place from mid September to mid October and occurs during the annual rut.
Lodging and Food
The lodging consists of strategically placed wooden tent platforms and custom designed tents. Each measuring 12’ x 20’, they are warm, waterproof and comfortable. Totally revamped in 2010, each site is equipped with generators for electricity, shower facilities, etc. for surprising comfort given their remoteness as well as satellite phones for safety. Meals will be prepared each morning and evening and hunters will typically take a bag lunch with them and eat in the field.
Terrain and Hunting Style
Rising 1600 feet above sea level, this terrain consists mainly of sub-Alpine ridges interspersed with heavily wooded valleys. A typical day starts in the predawn hours with a hearty breakfast and departure from camp at daybreak. Depending on the weather, your physical condition and your method of hunting (archery, rifle, muzzleloader, etc.) your guide will determine where to best focus your hunting efforts. Most of our hunts take place in the open country where spot and stalk is the preferred method of hunting, especially for our rifle and muzzleloader hunters. For archery hunters (or on bad weather days) the hunting will be focused in the timber or fringe habitat. Because the majority of our hunts take place around the rut, calling is a very effective means of bringing trophy bulls into shooting range. Much of the country is covered in “Newfoundland Bog” which is ideal habitat for trophy moose but challenging walking for hunters. The barren ridges and abundant berry bushes attract many large black bears and an optional black bear tag in your pocket is a good idea.
The guide will pace himself to your speed and physical conditioning but you do need to get yourself up some fairly steep grades once in awhile and cover ground that is uneven in many cases. Spending some time before your trip walking up and down the nearest hills you can find will pay great dividends once you arrive on your hunt.
Depending on the time of year you come to hunt, the temperature can vary widely. During the early season, temperatures might dictate t-shirts and as the season progresses frost and even snow flurries might make an appearance. Given these wide swings in temperature, bringing clothes that can be layered for widely varying conditions is a must. Since nearly all the hunting involves extensive walking, a good moisture wicking base layer is mandatory. Rain is always a factor in this part of the world during the fall, so high quality waterproof outer gear is also on the “must have” list. Finally, a good pair of waterproof hiking boots with strong ankle support is invaluable for hunting in this area – we cannot recommend highly enough that you buy a good pair well before this hunt and break them in properly. We also recommend a second pair knee high rubber boots with good, tight ankle fit that are comfortable for walking through the infamous bogs that we’ll be searching for moose in. Once you book your hunt with us, we’ll get you a full list of recommended equipment for this hunt. Total weight for the flight into the bush via helicopter cannot exceed 50lbs, so pack only what is needed as significant additional costs are required for extra flights if weight limits are exceeded.
Deer Lake is the final destination for this hunt and you’ll need to book a room at the Deer Lake Motel (15 Trans Canada Hwy, Deer Lake, NL; 709-635-2108) for the Saturday night before your hunt begins and the Sunday night after it ends. Hunters arrive in Deer Lake on Saturday, stay overnight and then fly into the bush via helicopter on Sunday. Sunday is spent getting settled into camp, checking rifle zeroes and possibly scouting. Actual hunting will begin on Monday and run through the following Saturday before flying out of the bush on the following Sunday (all of this is weather permitting). Days lost or gained to inclement weather are not refunded and any extra costs associated with delayed travel (e.g. extra hotel nights, flight changes, etc.) are all at the client’s cost. Once you book your trip with us, we can assist you with all the details of booking flights and hotels required for the inbound and outbound trip.
All non-Canadian hunters and guests must have a current passport with 6 months remaining before expiration. Additionally, your passport must have four blank pages available for visas (this does not include the last four pages that are reserved for amendments and endorsements). If your passport doesn’t meet these criteria, has expired or you have never owned a passport, you should start the process as early as possible as it can take a very long time.
Guns and Ammunition
A flat shooting rifle in the .300 magnum class is a great all around choice when used with premium ammunition such as Nosler Partitions or Nosler AccuBonds. Firearms in the .338 magnum class are even better if you are experienced with them and able to handle their recoil. Gun hunters should be prepared to take shots from 25 to 200 yards shooting from a portable tripod or bi-pod. Solid rests are not generally available on this spot and stalk style hunt, so please practice extensively at the ranges you are likely to encounter using the rifle and shooting sticks you will have in the field. Archers should use a premium fixed blade broadhead and practice out to 40 yards. Please be aware that if you choose to hunt with a primitive weapon such as a bow or muzzleloader, you are thereby also choosing to reduce your odds of getting a big bull. Our guides will do their best, but this is free range hunting and there are no guarantees. If you have a physical limitation (bad knees, overweight, etc.) please seriously reconsider the use of a primitive weapon. Please bring a soft case to transport your rifle into the bush via helicopter and leave your hard case back in Deer Lake.
To bring your gun into Canada you will need to get a US 4457 form filled out well in advance (this is available at any airport which has US Customs offices and can be stamped for approval by a customs agent when you bring them your rifle to verify the serial number). Once you arrive in Canada you will need to fill out a firearms declaration form and pay $25 CDN to temporarily register your firearm for your trip. Please note that handguns are not legal in Canada and cannot be brought in.
Hunts run from mid September through mid October. Each hunt will be 6 full days in the field and run from Sunday to Sunday. Please call to enquire about specific date availability.
Getting your trophies home
Your trophy will be caped and meat secured in the field. We will provide you with an export permit for the cape, antlers and meat in order to transport it home. If you choose to bring your meat home we can arrange for a local butcher to prepare, package and ship it home for you (unless you drive and have adequate cooler space to take it with you). Alternatively, we can donate your meat to local needy families. Your cape and antlers will be handled by a local taxidermist who can either prepare them to be taken home by you (assuming you drove and have some extra time to wait for him to prepare the cape and skull for international transport), prepped and shipped to your taxidermist or held to perform final taxidermy and ship the finished mount to your home. Whichever method you choose, all costs are extra and are to be paid directly to the taxidermist by the client.
$9,875 USD for one trophy moose with 2x1 guiding (all taxes included). 1x1 guiding is available for an additional $2250 USD and must be arranged well in advance of your hunt. A black bear can be taken for an additional $1500 USD trophy fee (a non-refundable fee of $750 USD is assessed to continue hunting for bear after killing your moose with the balance of $750 USD due if a bear is killed or wounded). Observers are welcome at $5,500 USD.
2x1 guiding, meals and beverages (non-alcoholic), accommodations, helicopter transport in and out of bush (clients wishing to depart early will pay an additional $1500-$1700 directly to the flight service provider), hunting license for 1 moose, meat and trophy care in the field (does not include prep to transport home, taxidermy or shipping).
Commercial flights to Deer Lake airport, any accommodations or food before or after days in the bush, taxidermy or shipping of trophies.
A license for 1 moose is included as part of your package. Bear licenses are $120 USD plus 13% tax and must be purchased in advance of leaving for bush camp if desired.
A 50% deposit for daily rates are required to hold dates. The remaining 50% is due 90 days before the start of your trip. All deposits are non-refundable for any reason. Requests for date changes once deposits have been paid will only be honored solely at our discretion and are subject to a 10% processing fee. Trophy fees for bears must be paid in on site so please bring your checkbook if you want to bear hunt.
All deposits and balances paid are completely non-refundable in whole or in part for any reason including but not limited to: illness, injury, flight delays, unforeseen loss of income, early departure, late arrival, business emergencies, family emergencies, etc. Also please be aware that any animal that is injured in any way is considered fatal and will be charged at full price.
To Book a Hunt or for More Information
Contact: Dan Goodenow