Found! An Outfitter With A New Approach


Published: November - 2005

I have just returned from a hunt on the island of Newfoundland with a solid line on an outfitter I consider entirely recommendable. Located on the northern peninsula, Tuckamore Lodge offers good to excellent food, very comfortable accommodations, top-shelf guiding and a large hunting territory that seemed both well managed and loaded with game. In less than two days of hunting, and despite injuring myself in a stupid experiment with new boot insoles that severely limited my mobility, I saw almost 30 moose and passed up easy shots at two trophy bulls in the 48-inch class, three bulls in the 40-inch class and a number of smaller animals. I have photos of the bulls to prove what I say.

I got precisely the moose I wanted, a 2½-year-old dry cow - a meat moose - and had a tremendous experience. (I already have a wonderful eastern Canada moose on the wall at home and no space to display another, so I now hunt moose for the experience and the meat.) I also saw several dozen woodland caribou. None were acceptable trophies, but I wasn't hunting caribou, so I didn't spend time looking for them. I didn't see any bears either, or significant bear sign while roaming the country. Again, I wasn't hunting them, although I did have a bear license. Tuckamore maintains a number of bait sites for hunters who want to take a bear that way, and those sites were being hit actively while I was there.

Newfoundland is of interest to trophy hunters for three significant reasons. First, it is the only place where you can legally take a woodland caribou, a subspecies with, generally, a larger body and more compact rack than other caribou subspecies. Second, Newfoundland offers one the opportunity to take a trophy eastern Canada moose without having to draw a permit or buy one at auction. Third, Newfoundland grows the largest black bears in the East. And it's possible to take all three trophies in a single hunt - I've done it twice on past hunts.

But Newfoundland also presents........(continued)

 
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