Newfoundland Caribou

In 2002, I headed north to Newfoundland to see if I could take a woodland caribou. The Newfoundland herd of woodland caribou has steadily been declining from its historic levels, but my outfitter felt confident that I would be able to take one.

Crossing the ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland took about eight hours. Then, it’s a 4 hour drive up the western coast of Newfoundland to Deer Lake, where I caught the Beaver for the short 40 minute flight into the interior.

Camp at Deer Lake, Nfld

The camp was old. It had been in use since the early 1900s, but it was still a great place to call home for the next week.

Newfoundland Dories
Bogs and Tuckamore, Newfoundland
Door Guardians, Deer Lake camp

Sunday is a non-hunting day here, so the bowhunters spent the day practicing, while others scouted the nearby areas.

All hunts were conducted on foot, and really required the hunter to be in good shape.

Walking and climbing here pushes hunters to the maximum, as there is a lot of country one must cover in a day’s hunt, and the walking is difficult due to the bogs and tuckamore.

While my caribou is not the largest, for here, he is still a respectable representative. Considering the limited numbers, I'm quite pleased.

Woodland Caribou, Newfoundland
European Mount, Woodland Caribou

At home, with my do-it-yourself taxidermy, I turned my caribou into a European mount. Then, he was ready for hanging on the wall.

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