This Outfitter Offers Caribou, Bear & Moose


Published: December - 2004

I recently spent some time in the Canadian Province of Newfoundland, where I found several great hunting opportunities with a quality outfitter. Newfoundland is an island province, laying claim to the title of easternmost landmass in North America. Pine Ridge Lodge is a remote, fly-in series of camps operated by professional guide Wayne Holloway and his brother David. They offer hunts for woodland caribou, eastern Canadian moose and black bear. The latter is a very interesting spring hunt that involves looking for bears as they follow the caribou herds during the calving season. I'll tell you about that one in a minute. First, though, a few words about the hunt I just completed.

Newfoundland is the only place in the world where you can hunt woodland caribou. The woodland caribou herd on the island numbers around 90,000 animals. It has the largest body size of all the huntable caribou species, but sports smaller, more compact and heavier headgear than its western cousins. Antlers tend to be reddish in color and contrast brilliantly against the vibrant white mane of these bulls (or stags, as they are called in Newfoundland), making for a striking trophy.

Hunting style is mostly spot-and-stalk, though physically challenged hunters can be accommodated with blind hunting on well-used trails. Hunting for woodland caribou is different than for other species. These herds are not migratory, though they do tend to move around a lot. For the most part, they tend to stay in the trees a good part of the day. The best way to find a "woody" is to walk, glass, then walk some more. The barrens, bogs and pine thickets are perfect terrain for caribou, but tend to be a bit rough on two-legged predators. Comfortable, mid-calf rubber boots are a must, as you will cross miles of water-filled terrain, and believe me, this is no place for wet feet.

Conditions can vary from sunny mid 70s, to blowing snow at 70 mph with sub-freezing temperatures. Layering of clothing is a must, as is quality rain gear. It will rain during your hunt,........(continued)

 
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