A Great Moose And Caribou Hunt


Published: August - 2000

I went on what ended up being the hunt of my life. After more than 25 years of hunting numerous states and taking a number of different species, I decided to try something new. Two friends and I booked a hunt with Eric Patey of I. Patey and Sons for a combination moose and woodland caribou hunt in Newfoundland, Canada.

Although living quite a distance from Newfoundland, we decided to drive. It took us 24 hours to reach the Maine-Canada border from our home in Wisconsin, and another 12 hours to the ferryboat in Nova Scotia. Then we took a six-hour ferry ride to the island of Newfoundland and another eight-hour ride to the outfitter's home. When we got there, we were immediately treated like life-long friends. They fed us and took us to their floatplane base where we flew to our outpost camp on the northern peninsula. There, we met our guides who were very knowledgeable about the game and the area. They were also a great bunch of guys who made you feel really welcome.

The hunt started on a Saturday, and by Tuesday morning we each had taken both a moose and a caribou, which amounted to a staggering 1,400 pounds of boned meat. The hunt is basically spot and stalk, with most shooting opportunities between 50 and 200 yards. A little-known fact is that Newfoundland has the highest moose population per square mile in the world. It is also the only place that a non-resident can hunt woodland caribou. The moose are the eastern Canadian species and run smaller than the Alaskan, but are still extremely large animals. Mine had an exceptional 58-inch spread, but the average is in the low to mid-40s. As for caribou, Patey's area does afford one the chance at a book animal.

The cost of this hunt is $2,700 (US) for a single animal, or $4,050 for a combo hunt. This includes all of your licenses, tags, export fees, 1 x 1 guide service, food, lodging, care and flying out of your game. There are........(continued)

 
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