Hunting in Newfoundland and Labrador

Canada’s easternmost province, Newfoundland and Labrador, comprises the island of Newfoundland and the mainland of Labrador to the northwest. Newfoundland and Labrador is the ultimate hunting destination – especially for big game. Whether you’ve got your sights set on moose, rare woodland caribou, black bear, Newfoundland and Labrador is an incredible big game hunting destination.

Eastern Canada Moose

The island of Newfoundland is home to the most concentrated population of moose in North America. Hunters can choose to hunt moose with a rifle, bow or muzzleloader and success rates are high. Bulls aren’t as big as the moose in western Canada, but antler spreads occasionally reach 50 inches.

Woodland Caribou

Newfoundland and Labrador is home to thousands of woodland caribou, the only huntable woodland caribou herds in the world. Woodland caribou hunters in the past have experienced a 90 percent success rate. Caribou quotas have been reduced in recent years, so hunting these magnificent animals is a treasured opportunity. Mature bulls can weigh between from 350 to 500 pounds and sport unique racks that are heavier and more compact than other varieties of caribou.

Black Bear

The black bears in Newfoundland and Labrador tend to be big! This is because of excellent genetics and low hunting pressure. Two bears are typically allowed per license, and bear hunts are conducted in both spring and fall.

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Non-Resident Hunting in Newfoundland and Labrador

Non-resident big-game licenses in Newfoundland and Labrador are only available through a licensed outfitter, and nonresident hunters must possess a valid license and be accompanied by a licensed guide to hunt big game. They must also possess proof of having met their own jurisdiction's hunter education requirements. Small game and waterfowl hunters do not require guides.

Hunters must possess a game export permit to take game out of the province.

Export permits are available free of charge from all Forestry/Wildlife Offices and licensed outfitters. Hunters who are coming to Canada from the United States should remember that they must declare all game taken when they re-enter the United States and should obtain the necessary forms prior to leaving. Nonresident black bear hunters also require a CITES permit to transport black bear parts outside Canada. For more information about hunting in Newfoundland and Labrador, see http://www.flr.gov.nl.ca/wildlife/hunting/.

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