Caribou which are native to Newfoundland and Labrador have
striven on the overwhelming abundance of barren terrain. The
woodland caribou, with its southern most range in the province
have herds scattered North, South, East and West.
Woodland caribou can be found
at roadside in fairly large herds throughout the province.
The magnificent caribou is one Canada's most popular northern
big game species but in few places are they so fearless
The barrenground caribou
of Labrador are part of the worlds largest herd, "The
George River Caribou
herd".The barren land of Labrador with its abundance
of shrubs and lichens makes an incredible stopover for the
migrating herds of Canada's north. With the change of seasons
these caribou continuously roam north and south from breeding
grounds to feeding grounds. Labrador is non-mistakably one
of the best areas in the world to hunt barrenground caribou.
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Caribou Hunting Facts:
- The scentific name for
woodland caribou is "Rangifer tarandus caribou"
- Caribou are called reindeer
- Newfoundland host the
southern most range of woodland caribou.
- Caribou hunting is not
a sport but a way of life for many natives of Canada's
- Hunting caribou usually
involves walking over large areas of open country.
- Caribou has the largest
antlers of all the world's big game animals in proportion
to body size.
- Success rates for caribou
hunting are generally in the high 90's.
- The population estimates
for woodland caribou in Newfoundland is between 80,000
and 120.000 animals. In Labrador, the George River Herd
is esimated at 750,000 barren ground caribou.
- Non-Resident hunting licences
are available only through a professional licenced hunting
outfitter.The average number of caribou licences per hunting
lodge in Newfoundland is about 20. In Labrador, outfiiters
could have hundreds of licences. Most hunting outfitters
sell licences on a first come, first serve basis. Non-Resident
caribou hunters can only hunt with a professional licenced
guide. Non-Guided hunts are not legal in Newfoundland
- There are many "boone
and crockett" and "pope and young" caribou
are taken annually in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- A minimum of a 243 caliber
rifle is required for caribou hunting in Newfoundland,
but a minimum of 270 caliber is recomended.
- Caribou are often spotted
in open country, anytime throughout the day.
- It is important to shoot
for the vital areas of a caribou since they are big animals
and dont always fall on the first shot.
- The majority of non-resident
caribou hunters that hunt in Newfoundland each year are
from the eastern seaboard of the united states.
- Caribou hunting guides
are often required to pack the meat back to the hunting
- Most caribou hunting guides
in Newfoundland and Labrador are caribou hunters themselves.
- There are no game ranches
for caribou in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Many Newfoundland caribou
hunting outfitters attend sports shows in the united states
- It is illegal to hunt
any big game in Newfoundland and Labrador on Sunday.
- It is reccommended that
caribou hunters wear blaze orange while hunting in Newfoundland
- It is illegal to hunt
any big game more than 30 minutes before sunrise and more
than 30 minutes after sunset.
- Caribou hunting lodges
are generally located in remote fly-in areas but some
outfitters do offer roadside hunts.