A Hunt Like Nowhere Else. Literally.
There is a place that we like to call ‘caribou country’. Where herds of these mighty beasts cross bogs and barrens only to slip silently into the woods. Silently, that is, except for the snap of tree branches as they bend and twist, allowing enormous antlers to squeeze through the brush. The only evidence of their passing: the impression of huge hooves left behind in the moss, where massive necks have bent to harvest colourful lichens from the forest floor. This is Newfoundland and Labrador – the only place on Earth where you can raise a rifle to these wild creatures.
Even if you could hunt woodland caribou in other parts, the outfitters of the island portion of Newfoundland offer incomparable adventure. Mayflower Outfitters, on the Great Northern Peninsula, are no exception. They promise “big game, big experience” in a remote locale. And they deliver.
From the second you arrive you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. And nowhere has never looked so good. Nestled on the peaceful banks of Lane's Pond, you'll find your accommodations – a rugged log cabin constructed of lumber harvested from the very woods surrounding it. Trevor Pilgrim knows these woods well. He's worked in the family business since the ripe old age of twelve and is now Mayflower's manager.
Trevor knows that a real hunt takes patience and a willingness to get your boots dirty. Woodland caribou are an active animal and are constantly on the move. In Newfoundland and Labrador, hunts are spot and stalk, meaning you'll be tracking your prey through the spectacular wilderness – balancing time, distance, noise, and wind direction. This can turn a hunt into an all day affair as you attempt to fix your sights on a bull. And for Trevor, coming face to face with these beautiful beasts is what it's all about.
“When you bring an animal really, really close to you – it's so exciting. Your heart starts pounding out of your body. And you can get that animal in so close you can hear him breathing and see the whites of his eyes.”
Outfitters in Newfoundland and Labrador enjoy 90%+ success rates. In fact, Mayflower, with its excellent location and experienced guides, can actually boast rates closer to 100%. Lane's Pond is in close proximity to a no hunting zone – ensuring large herds, some close to 60 in number. Even so, Mayflower hunts are selective. Only five animals are taken per year and they're nothing but the best – mature stags weighing up to 700 pounds. Standing nearly five feet tall at the shoulder, their bodies support racks anywhere from 30 to 50 inches. Trevor's hunts are 'Trophy only', and with good reason.
It just so happens that the only woodland caribou hunt on Earth is also the greatest caribou hunt on Earth.