Post-Drawing Hunts - Newfoundland


Published: July - 2002

This is the second part of my three-part series on booking agents who still have openings left for prime hunting opportunities.

I contacted Clark Jeffs of Safari Outfitters. He recommended a great combination hunt in Newfoundland for eastern Canadian moose and/or woodland caribou. Interestingly, the area where this hunt takes place has one of the highest moose densities in the world, according to Jeffs. Newfoundland has proven to be prime habitat for moose since they were introduced in 1906. These moose are smaller than their Alaskan cousins, but are no less a challenge to hunt. The rut, considered by many hunters to be the most successful time for hunting, occurs from late September to early November. Over the 13-year period this outfitter has been in business, hunter success on bulls has been 90 percent.

As for the caribou, this species is the most widely distributed mammal in Canada, and Newfoundland's herd is the world's most southerly herd. Although there are pockets of woodland caribou on the mainland, Newfoundland offers the only significant population, estimated at 90,000 animals. This outfitter hunts the largest herd, called the Middle Ridge herd, which many consider to have the greatest number of trophy-class bulls. The rut for caribou usually occurs from early October to mid-November. While the woodland subspecies is not technically a migratory animal, it is constantly on the move while foraging; so timing the rut is not as important as in some other species.

Jeffs tells me that 25 percent of the woodland bulls taken by this outfitter are record book quality. During the past four years, they have been responsible for the No. 2 P & Y, the No. 5 and No. 11 B & C and the No. 4 and No. 5 SCI bulls. The largest B & C bull taken with this outfitter is also the largest woodland caribou recorded within the last 30 years.

Jeffs says this outfitter has one of the best operations in Newfoundland. He produces consistent results and is well positioned to offer a quality........(continued)

 
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