Buying Out Indigenous Atlantic Salmon Fishermen. Will it Work?
In May of 2018 the Atlantic Salmon Federation reached an agreement with Greenland and Faroe Islands fishermen to stop commercial fishing of Atlantic salmon in another attempt at putting the brakes on a rapidly dwindling resource. Salmon from more than 2,000 of the world’s river systems converg[...]
2019 Recreational Salmon Season. More Of The Same As Expected!
The season for the 2019 Atlantic salmon recreational fishery are the same as previous years:
- Insular Newfoundland - all rivers open from June 1 to September 7, 2019
- Labrador - all rivers open from June 15 to September 15, 2019
However the interim management approach for the recreation[...]
Coyotes and Wolves Abound, But No Action Being Taken
VOCM January 26, 2019.
The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources is encouraging anyone who may see or encounter wolves or coyotes to call the sighting in.
The department was responding to a recent encounter with suspected wolves in the Sandy Point area of central Newfoundland.
Kurt Payne rec[...]
Annual Increase In Big Game Surveys Welcomed
The provincial government just recently announced that it will be increasing the number of wildlife surveys conducted in the province annually. The Minister responsible, Honorable Gerry Byrne, says there are forty management zones in the province and the increased surveys will help in accurately ass[...]
National Caribou Recovery Plan
Tiss’ Going To Be A Long Row To Hoe I’m Guessing!
The following is the latest news release from the Federal Government regarding the surreal demise of the countries various Woodland ( Boreal ) Caribou populations. On the island portion of Newfoundland a vast majority of suitable habitat[...]
Woodland Caribou. On The Bucket List.
Having never shot anything larger than a deer in all my 66 years I thought at this stage of life
I should try to shoot something larger. Twenty years ago I was kind of into the “bench rest”
sport and had put together a couple of small caliber custom rifles for that purpose, shooting ta[...]
Is Wild Salmon on Your Menu, Maybe Not For Long
March 5th, 2018
In 2017 the Atlantic Salmon run on the Exploits River was way down. The total number of fish to pass through the counting facility was a mere 15,563. Albeit this is not a bad number but it is a lot less than was hoped for.
As of July 9th a pathetic 2500 fish had entered the main river above the dam[...]
Those Pesky Wolves Are Really Back
March 2nd, 2018
The provincial government of Newfoundland has just released it's latest measure to gather insight into just how big a wolf population is roaming this island.
That's right, a wolf population. To my knowledge this is the first real attempt at compiling any real documentation of this predator since it[...]
Our Minister is Listening, Finally
February 27th, 2018
Well it seems like Minister Gerry Byrne is listening to the recreational hunters of this province who provide a wealth of infield knowledge related to the health of big game species on the island.
Many hunters have been complaining since the last increase in moose licenses was implemented a f[...]
Decision on proposed Salmon Farm in Newfoundland could harm wild salmon forever
May 4th, 2017
By BILL TAYLOR - Special to the Star, Thu., Aug. 11, 2016 In a province with 12 per cent unemployment, perhaps the lure of a $250 million project proved irresistible for the government of Newfoundland and Labrador, which just released a major salmon aquaculture project from having t[...]
Newfoundland Government Has Conflict of Interest with Grieg Salmon Farm
April 28th, 2017
July 27, 2016 Undercurrent News The Canadian provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador has a conflict of interest over the Grieg NL Seafarms salmon farming project, which it released from environmental assessment on Friday, according to an NGO. According to the Atlantic[...]
NL Province Gives Approval to Grieg Placentia Bay Proposal Without An Environmental Impact Statement
GOVERNMENT OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Environment and Conservation July 22, 2016
Environmental Assessment Bulletin
The Honourable Perry Trimper, Minister of Environment and Conservation, has a[...]
Cross Breeding in Farm Raised Atlantic Salmon and Wild Salmon in Newfoundland
Photo Cooke-Aquaculture in Belloram, NL By Mark Quinn, CBC News, Posted on September 21, 2016 @ 8:30AM NT
DFO Study Confirms Widespread Mating of Farmed, Wild Salmon in Newfoundland
17 of 18 rivers studied had evidence of interbreeding Research has confirmed that escaped farmed [...]
George River Caribou Herd “Vulnerable” as It Winters Close To Human Habitation
February 2nd, 2017
VOCM February 2, 2017
The provincial government and local Indigenous groups are stressing the importance of adhering to the hunting ban on the George River caribou herd located in Labrador.
The herd is now wintering near Nain and Natuashish, which the provincial government says could leave them vu[...]
A Step In The Right Direction!
January 31st, 2017
VOCM January 30, 2017
A coyote-wolf hybrid that was snared near Grand Falls last November was actually one of 11 similar hybrids confirmed on the island since 2013 according to the provinces Director of Wildlife Mr. John Blake.
The animal, caught near Grand Falls-Windsor was noticeably larger, and[...]
Coyote, Wolf, Coywolf! The Newest Predator!
January 28th, 2017
On January 27th, 2017 the government of Newfoundland released a statement indicating that a coyote or wolf like animal that had been trapped in Central Newfoundland in November of 2016 by trapper Kevin Strowbridge was a cross breed between a Gray Wolf and an Eastern Coyote, a form of coywolf.
More Protection Needed for the George River Caribou Herd
January 25th, 2017
VOCM news release January 25, 2017 including photo:
Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe says not enough efforts are being made to protect the George River caribou herd from further decline.
The herd's population has dropped dramatically over the last 20 years from close to a million animals to th[...]
Perseverance During Adversity Pays Off!
On October 10th -11th 2016 a so called Thanks Giving rainstorm soaked the island of Newfoundland from east to west with torrential rainfalls, some areas like Burgeo received as much as 263mm. Grand Falls/ Windsor received 181mm. while Gander received 177mm. The water level of streams , rivers [...]
Wolves, They're Back!!
November 21st, 2016
Why is it that the provincial Department of Environment and Conservation refuses to make a public statement on the status of wolves on the Island of Newfoundland? Apparently they are taking the same approach as the previous goverments took on the status of coyotes on the island. Ignore the public an[...]
Complete Extinction! Now A Real Possibility For The George River Caribou Herd!
August 29th, 2016
The latest and most recent recent survey by the Provincial Wildlife Division shows that the decline in the population of the once mighty Georges River caribou herd is still continuing in an out of control downward spiral with no plan in place to reverse it. Although measures were introduced with hop[...]
Big Game Success Rates and Mother Nature.
As I predicted in an article I put together and posted called “Moose, Ecology and Big Game Quotas in Newfoundland” earlier this year, the provincial wildlife division has again finally begun to realize the low numbers of moose in some Moose Management areas of the province.
For last yea[...]
2016 Recreational Cod Fishery
The 2016 Newfoundland recreational cod fishery will open on Saturday July 16 for the summer period and will close on August 7. Fishing is permitted during any day throughout that period. It will reopen again on September 24 and will run until October 2 again with fishing permitted on any day.
My Second Chance at A Newfoundland Moose
A second chance for moose in Newfoundland, October 19th, 2015
How did I do this? I actually don’t know, even today. The path had already been trodden earlier this year in September and I was definitely itching to return. The fact is that my wife had said OK and with her blessing[...]
Are We Nearer To Catch and Release Than We Think?
The Federal Department of Fisheries has again implemented catch and release of all atlantic salmon caught through angling in the Maritimes excluding Newfoundland for the second straight year, but don't be surprised if this doesn't get extended to include Newfoundland waters within the next year or t[...]
Early September Caribou Hunt.
Newfoundland, September 14th-19th, 2015
I’m thinking to myself that this is going to be a long journey for me as I’m leaving to fly to Gander, Newfoundland. However it’s not the first time I’ve been the[...]
Luck Of The Draw
“Listen, listen” my guide and owner of Hinterland Outfitting Ltd. said to me. “Did you hear the snap of a branch just then”
“Not sure“ I replied.
“Bye I’m pretty sure I did, it seemed to me like it came from down that way” as he pointed to the [...]
Remembering the USS Truxtun and the USS Pollux Maritime Disaster of 1942
A memorial service to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Truxtun, a navy destroyer, and the USS Pollux a supply ship which saw the loss of 203 American sailors during the Second World War will be held at St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, Canada this afternoon.
The two Ame[...]
Asleep at the Wheel While 390,000 Caribou of The George River Caribou Herd Vanishes.
There has been another dramatic decline in the George River Caribou Herd located in the Ungava region of Quebec and Labrador. A census performed in 2018 now estimate the total number of caribou remaining of this once majestic herd stands at around 5500 animals.This represents a 38 percent decline si[...]
Incredible Newfoundland Moose and Caribou Hunt
Hinterland Outfitting Ltd. is comprised of a great group of down-to- earth folks and that’s about all I can say. This was my first hunt using an outfitter and so of course I was a bit apprehensive as was my girlfriend who came along with me to get away from her stressful job. All my past hunts[...]
Thumbs up for an excellent hunting trip.
Our hunting trip with Craig at Hinterland Outfitting Ltd. was the best one we were ever on. Looking forward to coming back.
Ed. Potrzeba Jr.[...]
Why Did We Choose Hinterland Outfitting as Our Name?
Very often we get asked by our guests "Where did you come up with the name"?
The name Hinterland is of German origin and is generally used to describe any part of a country where there are few people; where there is a very limited infrastructure and what infrastructure there is, is usually underdev[...]
Our Return to Hinterland, Seven Years Later
We first hunted with Hinterland Outfitting Ltd. in 2008. It was late September and as always the first time hunting with a new big game outfitter there is some uncertainty and apprehension. However it didn’t take long to erase any uncertainty we had. Unanimously it was agreed the hunt turned o[...]
Newfoundland Moose Trivia
The following is some interesting facts I found while surfing the web. The majority of the observations are documented and come from studies undertaken.
An adult moose has two layers of fur. The long hollow outer hair is called guard hair and underneath is a dense undercoat of woolly fur, used for [...]
Moose, Ecology and Big Game Quotas in Newfoundland
On average, an adult moose will consume 25 kg of browse material per day or 9000kgs per year; however it can survive on less. This forage material may come in the form of hardwoods; primarily willow, birch, maple, aspen, pin cherry, mountain ash, dogwood, alder, and others. It also forages on variou[...]
A Brief History of Bishop’s Falls
In the beginning . . .
In 1827, Bishop John Inglis, Anglican Bishop of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, was on a visit to the colony of Newfoundland where he consecrated churches from Notre Dame Bay to Placentia Bay. In July, he visited Exploits Island in Notre Dame Bay. He, along with a “[...]
You Had to be There-A True Newfoundland Moose Hunt!
It all came to me one day while out deer hunting. I had sat down with my back to a tree in a prime location where there was ample signs of deer. However, as I patiently waited my mind wandered and I began thinking of my early days as an Apprentice Machinist working for the Tennessee Valley Authority[...]
Some of the Many Newfoundland and Labrador Notable Facts
We are the only island in North America to have its own specific time zone. The Newfoundland Time Zone exists only in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the entire province is in the Newfoundland Time Zone by legislation. In practice, however, Newfoundland Time is observ[...]
Nova Scotia Creates a "Sex" Corridor For Moose!
The Nature Conservancy of Canada working in the province of Nova Scotia has created a corridor that includes a section of wooded land along Route 16, about 6 kms from Baie Verte, NS between the Missiquash March and the Tintamarre National Wildlife Area.
The conservation group has been acquiri[...]
Fire at Will (part two)
The day had progressed to near darkness by the time I had finished caping Paul’s Newfoundland moose and had the quarters cut, cleaned and hung to dry in our meat shed.
“It’s too late to go out now for woodland caribou because it will soon be dark, let’s wait ti[...]
"Fire at Will"
As an outfitter and dealing with lots of hunters and fishers you get to see many things and hear many stories, some of which makes you highly skeptical of their authenticity, a common thing with so called stories from both sides of the fence, but after seeing what I consider to be “just about [...]
Still Some Good Fishing on The Exploit's River
Still some good fishing on the Exploit’s River here in Bishop’s Falls. A friend and I fished the evening of July 26th, July 27th, and the morning of July 28th, he managed to hook five fish and he retained three Atlantic salmon.
The water levels were high on the 26th but dropped back[...]
Great Fishing On The Exploit's River
The salmon season on the Exploit’s River started off relatively slow with the few fish that were in the river taking the fly. Then early in July there seemed to be lots of fish with many rising to the fly but refusing to take it. However there was some excellent salmon fishing during the wee[...]
Two Newfoundland Black Bears in Five Minutes with a 375 H&H
The success of most black bear hunts over bait, and through an outfitter, is often decided well before the hunter arrives at camp. Your guide or outfitter should be doing all of the work like placing the bait barrel in the most strategic place possible where wary black bears will feel comfortable en[...]
Anybody For An Electronic Moose Caller
We had been hunting hard since Monday and it was now Thursday night, five guys and we had only bagged one moose, not good by any stretch of the imagination. A change of routine was needed and needed fast. There was certainly tension in the air around the camp in both the hunters and the guides[...]
Newfoundland Guided Moose Hunt
It was Sunday the 22nd of September 2013, a day I had been waiting for nearly a year. We arrived in Bishop’s Falls, Newfoundland around 2pm, six guys including my father all of whom were hunting. After getting off the ferry in Port Aux Basques earlier this morning and five hours of driving we [...]
Atlantic Salmon Season Dates and Retention Limits for 2015
All rivers in Zone 4--Cape Bauld to Cape Race--- Season Dates June 1st-September 7thRetention Limits and Color of Tag to Use (New)Class 0 rivers----catch and release only----no tags issuedClass 2 rivers----two fish----red tags----numbers 1 and 2Class 4 rivers----four fish----red and green tags----nu[...]
Moose in decline in North America but not so in Newfoundland
It appears that moose numbers are declining in many areas across North America but apparantly that's not the case in Newfoundland, Canada.
Portions of British Columbia have seen a decrease in numbers by up to 70% in areas of clear cut logging with harvest rates 50% of what they once were. Residents[...]
Newfoundland Woodland Caribou Hunt
It all started with an email to Craig Pomeroy owner of Hinterland Outfitting Ltd. in Bishop’s Falls, Newfoundland in early February, 2011. I’d come across his website while surfing the web looking for a Woodland Caribou hunt. What I was doing I had no idea, here I was living in Alaska ho[...]
Three Hunters Three Moose
Three hunters and we bagged three moose. Hinterland is a great place to be. Great folks, the food is great, very professional guides who WANT you to succeed. My second trip and I will return another year.
Michael Demczyk, Ohio[...]
Magnificent Nineteen Point Bull
Had an excellent time, great food, great outfitter, great guides. If you read this before you start hunting, listen to your guide and put your full trust in him and you will be successful. I will always remember this hunt. Took a magnificent nineteen point bull on the second morning of my hunt.
Newfoundland Moose Hunt Lifelong Dream
Newfoundland was our destination to fulfill one of my Lifelong dreams to bag a Moose! After careful consideration, we chose Hinterland Outfitting. This was a decision well made!!
Not only did I bring home a beautiful Caribou and Moose, but the entire trip was an experience that goes down as one of [...]
The Best Black Bear Hunting Day Of My Life
Someone I once knew said that "When bad things happen, they happen fast." This could also be said for good things. The best black bear hunting day of my life happened during the last week of June in 2010. Craig had placed me at (Wrong Rd.) in a ground blind about 50 yards from a 45 gallon barrel fil[...]
The Best Black Bear Hunting in North America
I have made five black bear hunting trips to Newfoundland with Hinterland Outfitting and am planning my sixth trip this Spring! I have had great success there killing seven bears, and having many more shot opportunities. Black bear hunting over bait is team work and my success is due to the ef[...]
Hunting Has Been A Dream
Hunting has been a dream of mine for years. This year my friends Larry and Mark invited me along for their hunt. I will never forget it. Craig and his crew are top notch people, from guides to the cook. We had great accommodations and great food. I trust that I have made a friend in Dexter who was m[...]
Certainly Be Coming Back
Talked to Craig many times prior to our hunt with numerous questions. Every answer Craig gave was true. Every aspect of the hunt far surpassed any hopes I had. Tremendous camp, great food, an awesome organization. Most importantly the best crew of guides I’ve ever been around. Four of us tagge[...]
Overall Excellent Experience
Could not ask for a better service, my second trip here, took moose both times. My first trip in 2007 I took my daughter along and both of us ended up taking great moose. I would return given the opportunity and would recommend Craig and his guides to anybody. The crew at Hinterland will do all they[...]
Newfoundland Black Bear Hunt 2014
From the day we booked our bear hunt with Hinterland Outfitting, I knew I'd picked the right black bear outfitter. In the months leading up to our trip, Craig remained in contact answering all of my questions regardless of how simple they were. After landing in Gander, we quickly met up [...]