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Old 02-20-2021, 01:30 PM
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I have been to Newfoundland moose hunting twice, and will happily go again, with the same outfitter. We drove from Upstate NY. It is a drive...from here a day to the Canadian border in Maine, the next day to the northern part of Nova Scotia for the ferry crossing overnight. Day three arrive at the south west corner of Newfie and a five hour drive up to where we hunt. All the main roads are paved highways. We used Patey and Sons, probably one of the largest outfitters, but you wouldnt know it. very personable, very organized. We specifically went with them because we wanted to do a fly in. They have both a Dehavilland Otter (oops, or is it a Beaver?) and a chopper, which they fly you in with. Our tags (and most are) for either a bull or cow. Of course, weather has everything to do with how your hunt goes. Our first year we had a big coastal storm come in, which affected our decision to shoot the first palmated bulls we saw on day one. The 2nd year was very warm, so of course the moose were staying bedded in the swamps and shady areas. Everyone you meet is going to treat you like a long lost brother (not just at the outfitter...at the grocery stores, gas stations, fish shacks, etc.).
Oh....If you take the ferry, get a berth. It is well worth the cost for a good night sleep, and they have a shower in them. The butcher cost average in 2018 for our moose was 170.oo for just steaks, burger and roasts. The only sad part is that where the moose is shot, of course is where it is field butchered/quarterd. That will be in the absolute thickest and worse spot conceivable, and it cant be helped to get a fair bit of debris with the meat. The butcher told us they expect to toss between a 1/4 and a 3rd of the meat due to contamination.
That is a bummer, but we all still brought back about 225-250 lbs of meat.
The locals or outfitters that road hunt, can sometimes bring out the whole carcass, then of course the meat yield is much higher.
Go. You will be glad you did. Be prepared to walk...alot, over difficult terrain. I had a horrible time my 2nd year due to a new onset flare up of plantar fasciitis. LIke walking on broken glass, but the last day there was especially worth it. We saw a monster of a bull on day one, but he kept running (probably still is) and I passed on another, We passed on a few cows also. My hunting partners both got bulls, but I was the hold out. ON our scouting about Wednesday, we found a rock face with early aboriginal petroglyphs on it. Up to that point I was happy just with what we had seen and done. The last day I walked up on the biggest bear I had ever seen, ....guides were estimating 5-600 lbs, and it had no clue what we were and just watched us. but I didnt have my moose yet...We found a valley with five in it, and selected the most likely to tag, and did. While we were scouting, we happily watched several caribou, including a beautiful bull parading back and forth in front of us for a couple hours.
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Old 02-21-2021, 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Daveboone View Post
I have been to Newfoundland moose hunting twice, and will happily go again, with the same outfitter. We drove from Upstate NY. It is a drive...from here a day to the Canadian border in Maine, the next day to the northern part of Nova Scotia for the ferry crossing overnight. Day three arrive at the south west corner of Newfie and a five hour drive up to where we hunt. All the main roads are paved highways. We used Patey and Sons, probably one of the largest outfitters, but you wouldnt know it. very personable, very organized. We specifically went with them because we wanted to do a fly in. They have both a Dehavilland Otter (oops, or is it a Beaver?) and a chopper, which they fly you in with. Our tags (and most are) for either a bull or cow. Of course, weather has everything to do with how your hunt goes. Our first year we had a big coastal storm come in, which affected our decision to shoot the first palmated bulls we saw on day one. The 2nd year was very warm, so of course the moose were staying bedded in the swamps and shady areas. Everyone you meet is going to treat you like a long lost brother (not just at the outfitter...at the grocery stores, gas stations, fish shacks, etc.).
Oh....If you take the ferry, get a berth. It is well worth the cost for a good night sleep, and they have a shower in them. The butcher cost average in 2018 for our moose was 170.oo for just steaks, burger and roasts. The only sad part is that where the moose is shot, of course is where it is field butchered/quarterd. That will be in the absolute thickest and worse spot conceivable, and it cant be helped to get a fair bit of debris with the meat. The butcher told us they expect to toss between a 1/4 and a 3rd of the meat due to contamination.
That is a bummer, but we all still brought back about 225-250 lbs of meat.
The locals or outfitters that road hunt, can sometimes bring out the whole carcass, then of course the meat yield is much higher.
Go. You will be glad you did. Be prepared to walk...alot, over difficult terrain. I had a horrible time my 2nd year due to a new onset flare up of plantar fasciitis. LIke walking on broken glass, but the last day there was especially worth it. We saw a monster of a bull on day one, but he kept running (probably still is) and I passed on another, We passed on a few cows also. My hunting partners both got bulls, but I was the hold out. ON our scouting about Wednesday, we found a rock face with early aboriginal petroglyphs on it. Up to that point I was happy just with what we had seen and done. The last day I walked up on the biggest bear I had ever seen, ....guides were estimating 5-600 lbs, and it had no clue what we were and just watched us. but I didnt have my moose yet...We found a valley with five in it, and selected the most likely to tag, and did. While we were scouting, we happily watched several caribou, including a beautiful bull parading back and forth in front of us for a couple hours.
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Thanks for the info. I contacted them this morning. Waiting to hear back.
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Old 03-15-2021, 12:48 AM
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I've never gone hunting on moose, but it would be great to be a part of the team of experienced hunters. Last time I was invited by my friend I had to stay home as I had an urgent job. But I hope for another possibility. And I'm sure this might be a great experience. I've already started looking for the books/videos/guides to learn more on the topic. Thanks for sharing your stories and useful information.

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Old 03-22-2021, 02:30 PM
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car,
I'd be interested in hearing what they had to say. You can PM me if you'd like.

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Old 04-14-2021, 10:15 AM
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First things first is that the border up here is closed and they are only allowing essential workers threw..

If I was to hunt Newfoundland for moose I would surely go with Where Ya Wannabee Outfitting Lodge. The moose in Newfoundland is the same moose we have here in Maine. So you could end up with one exceeding 50 inches. They are out there.. They are nice people and surely worth checking out.. I just thought that I would throw in my two cents.
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Old 04-15-2021, 08:10 AM
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Phil, i assume you know terry? He’s a good guy.
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Old 04-16-2021, 05:26 AM
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I am friends with him and he is going to get me the recipe for black powder to use in my old double barrel shotgun. I can hardly wait to watch the smoke rolling out of it!!
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