Moose Hunting (General)
Moose hunting in Newfoundland
offers big game hunters probably the highest success rates
of all the worlds big game hunts. Each year moose hunters
come to Newfoundland to hunt one of the worlds most majestic
biggame animals, and normally return home tagged out. The
average animal success rates for moose hunting in Newfoundland
is between 88 and 90%.
The landscape is a haven
for wildlife, especially moose. Moose find its home in the
low lying wooded valleys which are located from coast to
coast on the island portion of the province. Who would have
thought that a moose imported to Newfoundland in 1904 could
have established itself so great that it now has the most
dense population in North America.
Moose Hunting Facts:
- The population estimates
for moose in Newfoundland is between 120.000 and 150.000
- Non-Resident hunting licences
are available only through a professional licenced hunting
outfitter.The average number of moose licences per hunting
lodge is about 15 and most hunting outfitters sell licences
on a first come, first serve basis.Non-Resident moose
hunters can only hunt with a professional licenced guide.
Non-Guided hunts are not legal in Newfoundland.
- There are approximately
30.000 moose licences issued annually in Newfoundland
and approximately 10% is issued to licenced hunting outfitters
- An average Antler size
for Newfoundland moose is 40 inches 15 points.
- The main diet of moose
is aqautic plants however they have striven on browse
and shrubs in Newfoundland.
- Moose have a very keen
sense of hearing and hunters must be very quiet and patient
- The prime time for moose
hunting is dusk and dawn. This is when they do most of
- A minimum of a 243 caliber
rifle is required for moose hunting in Newfoundland, but
a minimum of 270 caliber is recomended.
- During mating saeson,
moose can be called within 50 yards by an experienced
- Moose are often spotted
near a treeline adjacent to a small open bog.
- It is important to shoot
for the vital areas of a moose since they are huge animals
and dont always fall on the first shot.
- The majority of non-resident
moose hunters that hunt in Newfoundland each year are
from the eastern seaboard of the united states.
- Moose hunting guides are
often required to pack the meat back to the hunting lodge.
- Most moose hunting guides
in Newfoundland and Labrador are moose hunters themselves.
- Moose in Newfoundland
have no predators.
- There are no game ranches
for moose in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Many Newfoundland moose
hunting outfitters attend sports shows in the united states
- The scientific name for
moose is alces alces.
- Moose is the largest member
of the deer family.
- Moose pose a threat to
drivers in Newfoundland, especially in National Parks.
- It is estimated that 200-300
moose are killed on highways each year.
- It is illegal to hunt
any big game in Newfoundland and Labrador on Sunday.
- It is reccommended that
moose 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.
- Moose are not native to
Newfoundland, They were introduced to the island in 1904
from New Brunswick.
- Moose meat is delicious
to eat.(the taste resembles beef.)
- The female calves once
a year and usually carries 1 or 2 offspring.
- Mating season for moose
is near the last of September to mid October.