moose is both a challenging and tremendously rewarding experience.
Moose rely heavily on their sense of hearing and smell but less on their
sense of sight.
The hunting style is Spot and Stalk mixed with a hearty component of
"bugling and rattling" especially during the rut period.
Each day begins with an early rise, a hot shower and a hearty
breakfast. You will leave camp just as the dawn begins to show. Access to
prime hunting areas is readily available whether you travel on foot, by
boat, or by eight wheeled ATV. You will "still hunt" the known
feeding areas during early morning and late evening. During mid-day you
will hunt the areas between bedding and feeding. Extensive glassing and
careful movement is very important as moose blend very well with the
color of their surroundings, and they tend to favor areas with abundant
cover. This often makes them difficult to see.
Your guide will provide everything needed to support you during your
days afield. It is important to communicate with your guide as this will
insure that every element of your hunt is tailored to your specific
success rate = 90%.
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Woodland Caribou Hunting
woodland caribou of the Middle Ridge Herd, the largest
herd on the island of Newfoundland. In addition to that fact, our hunting
lodges at Deer Pond, Kepenkeck Lake and Big
Blue Hill Pond are located exactly on the routes followed and hunted by
the famous English trophy hunter, John Millais back in 1904. Also a fact
is that our hunting lodge at Deer Pond is situated, by coincidence, on
the exact spot where he set his camp on his 1904 hunting trek up the
Terra Nova River, and another fact, the lake that is now known as Deer
Pond was originally named Millais Lake by none other than John Millais
himself. You can read his book “Newfoundland and It’s Untrodden Ways” and trace his route right up to
the doorstep at Deer Pond Lodge, and, you will have the opportunity to
hunt the same highly productive and virtually unchanged caribou hunting
grounds. John Millais choose this area for
hunting trophy caribou for the same reasons we did some 84 years later.
These areas are only readily accessible by float-plane and helicopter,
and so you wont be intereferred with by local hunting pressure.
Caribou populations are in decline in all herds in Newfoundland.
Consequently, successful hunting is no longer a “duck soup”
endeavor. Sometimes a fine specimen can be taken virtually from the door
step, but this isn’t an outcome to be relied upon. Caribou hunting
is done through a spot-and-stalk style of hunting whether with bow, rifle
or muzzle-loader. A good pair of binoculars is a necessary tool, and sometimes
helps minimize the walking distance.
Woodland caribou habitat is a mix of open grasslands, small lakes, and
sparsely wooded rock strewn barrens with only small and gradual elevation
changes. Shooting distances with rifle or muzzle-loader beyond 150 yards
is rare, and with a little patience and stealth, hunting success is also
high with archery.
Your day will begin with an early rise, a hearty breakfast, and a
quick departure from the lodge. Your guide will carry all the necessary
foods and other things for a full day of hunting. You will hunt as a
team, and as friends. Communications between guide and hunter is
essential for an enjoyable day. Our guides are all English speaking, and
are more than willing and happy to go the extra mile to ensure success –
your success is their success as well.
The most productive areas for hunting woodland caribou always provide
ample cover for an effective stalk. And, the woodland’s feeding
habitats provides a full day of spot-and-stalk hunting as they feed and
rest in a continuous cycle of short periods all through the day. They
prefer to rest out in the open, and their colouration
makes them easily visible to the trained eye, especially on a sunny day.
hunting success rate = 80%.
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Black Bear Hunting (Archery,
Black Bear during the Spring season (last week of May to first week of
July) is done both from solidly constructed and safe baited tree stands
and ground blinds, and also as a newly
introduced very exciting "Spot-and-Stalk" style
hunt in specially selected areas. (Be
sure to also ask for details of the Spot-and-Stalk Hunt).
For baited hunts, all stands and ground blinds are "guaranteed
active" and set up with due consideration for the weapon of choice
to be used. Baited hunts are mainly a "late evening" hunt, with
other available time filled with the hunters choice of fishing for Brook
Trout and Landlocked Salmon, hunting for coyotes, photo safaris or
"spot and stalk" hunting in areas away from baited stands. The SPECIAL
"Spot-and-Stalk" hunt is a daylight to
dark hunt in areas specially selected for and very conducive to success
with this hunt style. The "spot-and-stalk" hunt is limited to
rifle and muzzle-loader hunters. Our
European hunting guests prefer this Spot-and-Stalk hunt style because of
the added adventure and because of the application of more basic hunting
skills needed for success.
For the baited hunts, all bait sets will be monitored by "trail
timers" to determine the rhythm of bears feeding at individual
locations. You will be positioned in your stand to provide you with the
greatest opportunity for success. Nobody, other than yourself and your
guide, who will replenish the bait, will be permitted access to baited
stands. At the appropriate time, yourself and your guide will travel out
to the hunting area, the bait supply will be refreshed and you will be
assisted into your stand/blind . Guidance on
what time to expect to be picked up and what to do and not do will be
provided. You will then be left alone in your stand to await the arrival
of your trophy bear. His arrival will be the undisputed evidence of your
ability to contain your urges to move, scratch, chew gum, smoke or fiddle
with your camcorder and other gadgets. Remember, you are competing
against the keenest ears and noses in the wilderness.
For the spot-and-stalk hunts, especially during the Spring season, we
have scouted and selected several areas that are highly conducive to high
success in harvesting the largest of Newfoundland's huge Black Bears. We
will be applying practised and proven
techniques to ensure that hunters experience the optimum enjoyment of
Black Bear hunting adventures. This is a hunt you won't want to miss. Call Now, and book your hunt.
Pine Ridge Lodge is the "only" outfitter in the province of
Newfoundland offering this "SPECIAL" SPOT-AND-STALK
BLACK BEAR HUNT" during the Spring season.
During the Fall season, we also will be offering both baited,
and "spot-and-stalk" hunts. For the Fall season, the
spot-and-stalk hunt will be conducted in areas different from those of
the Spring hunt. Baited hunts will be conducted in the same areas as
during the Spring hunt. The baited bear hunts are provided at both air
accessible and ground accessible locations. The special Spring
"spot-and-stalk" bear hunt is conducted only in remote areas,
accessible only by air.
hunting success rate = 80%.
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