This is a one week wilderness moose hunt at a full service helicopter accessed lodge that can be either with bow, rifle or black powder, or any combination of the 3. The hunt provides personal guide, all meals and accommodation at the lodge with a full time cook provided, local ground and/or air transport to the lodge from nearest airport or local heli base, moose licence, as well as meat & trophy export permits. Our rate for this hunt is $4400.00. As well there is kill/trophy fee of $1000.00 payable only when the hunt is successful. All rates are plus tax of 7%.
If you plan to fly to Newfoundland for the hunt, you will fly into Deer Lake, NL, with Air Canada most likely being the carrier. You will be met at the airport by our complimentary ground transportation service to provide all necessary travel between local airport, hotel, and helicopter base.
If you drive to NL, you will need reservation on the Marine Atlantic ferry from Nova Scotia , which docks at Port aux Basque, NL just 2 1/2 hours from our helicopter base.
Once at the helicopter base, you will be met by a Grey River Lodge company representative, who will provide final instructions for your helicopter flight to the lodge, and if necessary, look after securing your vehicle in a safe area until you return from the lodge.
The flight to the lodge will be 10 - 30 minutes duration, depending upon which of our lodges has been designated for your hunt, and will involve flying over total wilderness, where sightings of moose, caribou and bears are normal and expected.
At The Lodge
Once at the lodge, you will be greeted by our friendly staff who will assist you with getting situated in your room which could be either single or double accommodation. The lodge cook, who is the wife of one of the guides, is sure to quickly make you realize that you will not be going hungry during the hunt, as all meals are high quality home cooked affairs.
We accept only small hunting parties containing 2 to 4 hunters per lodge, so you will not be just another number in camp, but will get personalized service with all your needs.
You will start each hunting day from the lodge either by boat or on foot, with 2 of our lodges that are lake based having the boat option. 2 lodges also offer canoe routes for ease of access into more distant hunting terrain. Most days are planned for all day hunting, with your guide taking a day lunch in his pack to eliminate requirement of returning to the lodge to eat.
While some prime locations are best for moose calling technique, the primary objective when leaving the lodge on most days is to travel to a good point of vantage to sit and spot the surrounding terrain for moose moving around. This can sometimes be a long drawn out process, but the splendid scenery of our wilderness areas is sure to guarantee that you will not be bored waiting for moose to show. If nothing of interest is spotted, your guide will suggest moving to another location, or whatever change in hunting technique deemed necessary. On some days, a significant amount of hiking may be required, so it is of great benefit to arrive at the lodge in good physical condition.
Spotting The Moose
The importance of good quality optics cannot be overemphasized, as moose can often be very difficult to locate, even for an experienced hunter with a trained eye. It is often not a moose you seek, but a little spec of brown or black, the horizontal line of an animals spine, or a part of an antler. Once spotted, the animal quality is assessed before determination of possible stalk plan.
Moose are very undependable in prediction of thier dailey movements, and on some days you may not see a single animal, while the next day they seem to be everywhere. A very active day for spotting moose would be 5-10 animal sightings, with anything over 10 being exceptional. The last couple of years, there would have been quite a few exceptional days at our lodges.
Harvesting Your Moose
Upon harvesting an animal, your guide will look after all butchering in the field, transporting to the lodge and storage in our meat storage faciliites, either in insulated storgae room or temperature controlled cooler room. Deep freezers are also on hand if required. Your guide will also handle the caping of your trophy head if taxidermy is planned, and he will salt or freeze the hide once back at the lodge. Your guide will do a rough cut on the meat removing all bone and unwanted material, so you are left with all the normal meats cuts.
Other Hunt Options
Even after your moose tags are filled, your guide will be eager to accompany you on day outings from the lodge, just to sightsee, take photos, or maybe help other hunters in camp who have yet to be successful.
Depending on which of our lodges you hunt, there may be options to hunt black bear, woodland caribou or ptarmigan, and you can shoot coyotes on any hunting licence. While caribou tags are very limited, many choose to add a bear tag and we do have some very large ones in a couple of our areas.
Meat & Trophy Care
Upon completion of the hunt, your guide will prepare your meat and trophy for the helicopter trip back from the lodge. If you are flying back home, there are professional meat cutting services near the airport, who will cut, vacuum seal and freeze your meat, as well as look after shipping service by either air cargo or refrigerated ground shipment. These services, or any required taxidermy are not part of our hunt package. If you are driving back to your home, we have insulated styrofoam containers which are available to you at no cost to keep the meat cool, but you must pick up ice along your travel route to ensure the meat arrives home in good condition.
Please accept our gratitude for taking the time to discover the general outline of one of our wilderness hunting experiences. This hunt would be practically the same, were it for caribou or bear, or any combination of the 3 species, other than different rate would apply.
Accepting only small hunting parties of 2 - 4 hunters per lodge, and only 8-10 per lodge per year, we are able to do all our hunts during the period of moose rut activity.
Our modern lodges have proven to be well suited to husband and wife teams, and we have a special non hunter rate if one does not hunt.
I welcome your contact at any time with questions you may have about our hunts, as well as to update me on the status of your future hunting plans.