The wide river valley of Main River has an excellent mix of mature forest, riparian vegetation and open bog areas which are prime big game habitats.
Moose were introduced to Newfoundland in 1904 and have established a healthy population across the island. Mature bulls can exceed 1200 pounds with the average being about 1000 pounds. Larger animals are typically found in areas with the least amount of access. Moose are normally extremely wary with keen senses but during the mating (rut) season from late September to mid October a good guide will call these animals to within 50-100 feet. A reasonable expectation for a trophy would be in the forty inch range and not uncommon to have 50 + inches. Our largest trophy for 2012 was 52 inches amongst a 94.4% hunting success rate for moose and 75% for caribou.
Our native caribou are the woodland species and have seen declines in numbers over the past few years. As such, caribou licenses have been reduced across the entire island and are closely monitored by the Department of Environment and Conservation. Boone and Crocket records attest to the many record book trophy animals taken in Newfoundland over the years. We currently have four caribou licences per year.
Black bear populations have very little hunting pressure on the island. We only offer a fall beer hunt in conjunction with the moose/caribou hunt. Each year, several hunters take advantage of this incidental opportunity.