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Newfoundland Moose Hunts - Things to Consider

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Newfoundland moose hunts are quite possibly the best value going for a high success big game hunt. Many hunters drive and take the ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland. Moose meat is a delicacy and driving allows you to bring all the meat home conveniently and cost effectively. If you fly, we can also put you in contact with a company that uses refrigerated trucks to bring the meat back to the US and drops it off at various cities.

Newfoundland has a multitude of outfitters to choose from. Prices vary a good bit and in many cases the cost of the hunt does not reflect the services provided. There are basically two kinds of camps - vehicle accessed lodge or cabins and remote camps accessed by float planes and in some cases boats or atv’s.

Lodging is normally nicer at the vehicle accessible hunts. The remote camps are usually more basic wooden structures with fewer amenities and in some cases are wall tents.

Generally speaking, moose numbers and quality are better at the remote camps. Consider that hunting is done on Crown land which means that the resident hunters can hunt it too. The Newfies love to hunt and love moose meat. They tend to hunt close to the roads simply because a moose that is killed close to the road is a lot less work than one killed a few miles back in. Consequently, the lodges that are accessible via vehicles tend to compete with the local hunters for moose. With that said, many of these lodges still continue to post success rates over 90%.

Which is right for you? If you want the comforts of home and killing a mature bull isn’t your goal, consider a vehicle accessible lodge. If you want better odds of seeing more moose and bigger bulls and can do without all the bells and whistles of a lodge, then a remote camp is the better choice.

Remote camps - Here are some things to consider.

Planes - does the outfitter have his own planes or rely on using a charter service? Outfitters having their own planes aren’t reliant on fitting into a charter companies schedule.

Bad weather: Keep in mind that “no-fly” days due to fog or wind are a real possibility and can almost be expected. Your hunt could be cut short if you can’t get into camp on your scheduled day. You will also have some extra expense if that happens because you will be responsible for your own lodging and meals while you wait for the weather to clear. Your trip may also be extended if they can’t fly into camp on your scheduled departure date.

How many camps do they have and how many hunters hunt each camp every year? Some outfitters have remote operations and only run only one or two camps while others have 5 or more. Less camps is not necessarily a bad thing as long as they don’t over hunt the area.

Guiding - is it 1×1 (1 hunter per guide) or 2×1 (2 hunters per guide). Most outfitters offer both 1×1 and 2×1 guiding options. Some hunters like to hunt 2×1 and others prefer to have their own guide. Some of the 2×1 camps still have kill rates close to 90%. With so many of the younger Newfy guides leaving the island to work in the Alberta oilfields, expect 2×1 guiding to be more the norm in the future.

Is the camp a cabin based hunt or out of a tent?

Cook - is there a camp cook or are the guides doing the cooking? Having a dedicated cook is preferred over having a guide doing the cooking but to some people this isn’t a major issue.

Facilities - is there running water, hot water, shower and indoor toilet? You’d be surprised at how many have no indoor toilets or showers.

Electric - is there a generator?

Heat - most will be wood stove heat.

Communication - does the outfitter have VHF radios, cell or satellite phones?

Do they have meat storage facilities?

Do they have motorized boats?

Are you expected to help pack out animals?

How many hunters are in camp at one time and how many hunters are taken per year at each camp?

Vehicle accessible lodge / cabins

Look over the points above as some to pertain to these camps as well. Choosing a vehicle accessed lodge hunt is easier because many of the amenity issues that remote camps have are not an issue with lodge hunts. Another advantage is that unlike an airplane, a truck or ATV can get you to camp or out in the field even when it’s foggy and windy.

Please keep the above information in mind when you read over what is provided in the Newfoundland hunts we offer. We are confident that we can provide you the best in a remote camp hunt and the best in a vehicle accessed lodge hunt.