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SixLomaz - Oct-13 Mobile live hunt from NF
11:58 AM LIVE from NF*
Good morning Orion brothers and sisters. After trials, tribulations, and doubts I am 14 hours away from departing Connecticut for a moose / bear hunt in Newfoundland with Island Safaris outfitter in zone 14 - Baie Verte area. We are a 3 hunter group from Connecticut and New York, traveling by truck and ferry over 1400 miles one way, 30 hours, in search for good time, adventure, victorious hard work, and GOD willing 300 to 400 lbs of the best game meat there is.
My weapon of choice is a Hoyt Defiant compound bow, at 65 lbs, 29.5 " draw length, shooting Easton Full Metal Jacket shafts tipped with 125 grain WASP Hammer fixed broadheads and guided by short blazer vanes thru a whisker biscuit rest. As a backup I am bringing a bolt action rifle, Bavarian Mannlicher stock CZ 550 FS chambered in 9.3x62 caliber with iron sights. Optic on top is a Leupold VX-6 3-18x 50mm scope with firedot reticle. I am shooting a PPU cartridge with 285 grain bullet which groups 1.5 inches at 100 yards.
I will post here pictures and short daily stories for the next 8 days. We have an enclosed trailer attached behind the truck carrying 9 x 150 quart coolers, a 12 cubic feet freezer, a deep cycle marine battery powering a 3000 watts inverter, and all our equipment. I hope it will be fun. Stay tuned for the updates. GOD bless.
Good luck my man! Stay focused and be positive. It will be a trip to remember.
Good luck and I'm looking forward to your daily updates and pics.
good look and keep us posted !!!!
You forgot the kitchen sink!!!!...GL BUD.!!! its a trip to remember for sure
Good luck man - what a super exciting hunt!
The location on the Earth. I will keep everyone posted on Island Safaris outfitter, the good and the bad. Thus far I had only positive responses from the outfitter and the guide I selected. We kept in touch via email on a monthly basis. I also spoke with local people not related to this outfit and they all have refreshing and reassuring things to say about moose hunting and the outfitter.
Deadly in my hands up to 60 yards, Hoyt Defiant compound bow set at 65 lbs, 29.5" draw length, HHA single pin sight, shooting Easton Full Metal Jacket shafts tipped with 125 grain WASP Hammer fixed broadheads + one 125 grains Swhacker mechanical broadhead, and guided by short blazer vanes thru a whisker biscuit rest.
The rifle. Chambered in Mauser 9.3x62 mm, the cartridge for big African game. Using PPU ammunition tipped with 285 grain bullets. Ouch for my shoulder.
show the boots too. important part of the gear for up there.
and the rain gear.
Beautiful rifle love mannlicher stocks what caliber?
Good luck six I'll be looking forward to your updates.
The breathable rain gear from Cabelas and Baffin - Lacrosse boots. I do not have 4 legs.
Good luck great rifle by The way I have a FN Mauser in 7x57 love it . Keep us posted
don't forget underwear, you can't kill a moose with cotton underwear! Mike
I hunt Commando Style. My grandfather used to tell me to let them loose you if I want to get somewhere.
5am in Maine close to Augusta on I-295
We just crossed the border at Houlton without wait time or any glitches declaring the fire arms. It costs $25 Canadian or $21 US along with properly filled firearm declaration.
Another pic from Route 2 in Canada.
Tired after driving all night.
We are 2 hours away from the famous Charlene Bayside restaurant located at 9657 Highway 105 Whycocomagh, NS B0E 3M0 Canada
Will see ferry photos soon
Getting closer. Cape Breton island welcomes us.
Finnaly waiting on some good chowder and salmon at Charlene Bayside restaurant.
Waiting to board the ferry. Multiple lanes full of trucks. We got here around 7;30pm and the loading starts at 9:30pm.
The room for the night. Ahhh.
We just arrived in Port aux Basques in Newfoundland
Loving it so far Six. Good luck!
The moose signs are getting bigger. We must be close. We just spoke with the outfitter and will meet at intersection of Trans Canada 1 with route 410.
The ferry breakfast was excellent and priced at $11.50 for 2 boiled eggs, two sausages, two bacon strips, two bread slices, hash potatoes, butter, tea, orange juice, and fruit preserve.
The scenery is breathtaking. The forest is thick. Moose paradise for sure.
This is great thanks for taking us along six
Awesome thread six. Best of luck to you and your hunting party. No place like Newfoundland
The autumn colors are soul soothing. Another God's country where we are temporary guests. The hand of God created this beautiful land for sure.
Best live hunt I've seen to date. Now let's see some dead moose!
How about let's see Newfoundland! Long ass drive!
Notice white on white decal
Notice white on white decal
Good highways leads to the first speeding ticket in Newfoundland. 125 km/hr in 100 km/hr zone. The young good looking police oficer was very polite and reduced reported speed to 110 km/hr. I got off with a warning. The sad part was that he could not confirm moose sightings during patrol time. NOTME where are you?
Best of luck, SixLomaz!
I recently returned from a moose hunt near St. Anthony Newfoundland.
I kept a journal on my website (www.TraditionalSpiritOutdoors.com/blog). There might be some nuggets of information there that are helpful to you and others who are planning to hunt "The Rock."
Great trip so far.
In the absence on Notme. I'll do one.
That proves moose hunters lives matter to the law enforcement agencies on the rock.
The first moose of the trip
Here is the plan for tomorrow. Wake up at 5am and hit the woods in the incoming rain. Afternoon will be clear. Spirits are high and bow/gun practice shots were on target at 60/100 yards. Monday morning heavy rain then a wonderful afternoon and the rest of the week. Going to sleep after a good dinner and a glass of Havana Club rum. Good night.
Havana Club??? You're in Newfoundland man!!! There should be a bottle of Screech hanging around somewhere.
If you believe the weather report you must be in Newfoundland for the first time
Mmmmmm havana club....
Give a yell if you need buddy the wonder beagle..be there in a flash....ill probably get in a fight at the border..become a fugitive...hook up with some wild chicks from the calvary stampede...live in the woods and learn to say eh a lot..hmmmmm
Great story so far! Hope you get one with a bow!
Good morning Orion brothers ans sisters. Heavy rain at 5:30am keeps evrryone in hiding. The moose probably hide in thick cover while the hunters make plans next to a fire stove. For now we are waiting for rain to pass.
Kinda drizzly and humid here bud..64* ..big front moving in later temps dropping 34* tonite...then 70's all week...crazy
Danny the guide
Danny the guide
The rain passed and we are out calling moose in a meadow.
Good spot with lots of fresh sign on the ground.
From 7am we traveled by quad about 15 miles looking for moose sign.
We are waiting patiently.
The meeting space. Did I mentioned that I love my office today?
We are on the move thru thick brush. The guide climbed a spruce tree to find the next clearing. First call in new spot at 1pm local time. 1.5 hours difference ahead from EDT.
Cow calls are made every 20 minutes to entice a bull closer for a bow shot. So far it is windy and despite the abundant sign the moose is not interested emigrating to US. Patience.
We just received good news. One hunter in our group shot a cow moose at 30 yards. Here is the happy hunter. His first trip hunting and had a first season young guide. Beginners luck squared is powerful. Tonight we eat moose lips, heart, kidney, tenderloin, and drink to give him courage for the bear hunt he booked.
I changed location and we are now calling again. The wind diminished. We are overlooking a large valley next to a lake.
Prior to this location we hacked thru bushes from one meadow to the next in an area we heard a cow calling earlier in the morning . Carrying both the bow and a gun made this 2 hour adventure a truly tight trope balancing act. I made out intact.
Sweet good eats tonight congrats to the hunter.
Congrats!!!.. the gods are smiling
Congrats!!! Didn't know You could shoot a cow!
there are either sex and bull tags. depends on what your outfitter give you.
Day 1 ended without a glitch and without a moose for me. The sky will clear tomorrow, the wind will drop to 4 miles per hour, and the temperature will drop as well. The moose will move more. Good night.
As mentioned in a previous post we have either sex tags. Today's lucky hunter purchased another tag to get a bull tomorrow. The other two hunters also have bear tags.
Good morning at 5:00am local time. Breakfast is on the table. Spirits renewed and a full stomach makes for a fresh start.
At 7:26 we are on the trail looking for moose.
Different area this morning. We are on the mountain table top first light, sign of moose everywhere, we're just looking for the right one.
We just seen the first three cows and a calf of the day at 8 in the morning local time. Where and how glassing from The Mountaintop beautiful Valley wide-view.
The Other Side of the Mountain
It is 36 degrees outside and the guide is on top of a tower overlooking the two valleys looking for a bull. I am glassing from the ground.
Second group of moose today; about three of them. I'm going to take a picture using the video camera screen and the phone because they are far. The distance is about 800 yards.
This is the best place on Earth to hunt. Not only they have game but they also have cell phone signal.
6 - 8 points bulls everywhere. We are looking for the right one. The meaty one that will yield 350 to 400 lbs of raw meat.
3 moose bulls are sleeping in that grass channel in the center of the picture
We are on foot stalking an 8 points bull we saw this morning about 900 yards as the crow flies. He beded in the bog with a cow.
so happy i clicked on this thread.. thank you for taking the time to put it together!
This is really cool! Keep it coming!
The guide at10 yards
The guide at10 yards
Today was a long day. We came down from the mountain top with the wind in our face only to find a cow hidden in the forest somewhere before we reached the meadow. She blew the alarm on us and we spent the rest of the day until 5pm in the afternoon local time to chase after one bull we saw early morning. We only found a cow, big in size, we got as close as 15 yards and I drew the bow twice on her at 30 yards and at 15 yards but I didn't take the shot. The 12 points bull we tried to call in came close but he winded me and he took off. Tomorrow we go to the same place and we'll try again. We also saw a bear crossing the road at 300 yards but I couldn't take a shot because I didn't have a tag. The bear was at least 6.5 ft tall, black bear. I carry in the field both a Hoyt compound bow and a CZ 550 FS rifle just in case the bull doesn't get as close as i would like. In total I observed 21 moose today. Very good day.
Now the really good news is that the huntet who took a cow the first day took a 17 points bull the second day. The other hunter in the party took a cow, a very big cow.
The guide who helped the hunter who took the 17 points bull planned the atrack strategy for about 2 hours on a mountaim top, then slowly made the approach to the area where the bull was in, and after a few well placed calls the enraged bull approached the hunter at 60 yards. 2 shots later from a 30-06 semi-automatic Bennelli rifle the bull was on the ground.
The other hunter took the cow at 360 yards with one very well-placed shot.
The food is good , the guides are working hard to do their job, and the conditions at the cabin are excellent. Day 3 will begin shortly. Good night.
Sounds like a killer kick ass time bud!!!!
We are on the other side of the mountain top, West-North-West , in a bog where we saw four bulls yesterday. We are in a tree patch in the middle, about 300 to 500 from the forest tree line. Very light wind from South West, clear skies and quiet. This is the search phase and once we locate animals we're moving into position. Long locator cow calls are being placed by the guide from an elevated location as I type. He climbs thin pine trees with flimsy branches like a squirrel and less than 10 seconds he's up the tree. I am about 80 yards ahead waiting for a furious bull to ask me for a ride.
After pursuing two fighting bulls on foot I took a shot at 50 yards and I missed low. Then we found another bull about 300 yards ahead and I took a shot with the bow at 40 yards and this time I hit him low in the heart lungs area. Pictures will follow shortly
Congrats! Can’t wait to see the pics
Congrats Six! Ditto the others - excited to see pics.
Awesome! Thank you for sharing!
Awesome, glad you got it done with the bow!
After pursuing two fighting bulls on foot I took a shot at 50 yards and I missed low as the stringth caught onto my range finder. Then we found another bull about 300 yards ahead and I took a shot with the bow at 40 yards quartering away and this time I hit him low in the heart lungs area. Pictures will follow shortly.
Awesome!!! I can't wait to go in 2019.
Looks promising. Good luck.
Good luck. Still tracking?
Good luck on the recovery!
Shots were fired after I put an arrow through the bull and he started to run. We are still following the tracks but because the bull is running and it has only one hole, the arrow did not penetrate through the other side, the blood is now spread out making the tracking job difficult. Until now we tracked about 600 yards. We changed tracking Direction 7 times until now. Other hunters shot another bull about three-quarters of a mile from our location and the two bulls ran towards each other. I shut my bull at 8:20 in the morning local time and it is now 12:20 in the afternoon local time. We have been tracking for 4 hours now. Tracking in the grass in the bog is very difficult as not only the grass doesn't show the blood as well but the ground is impregnated with water.
Seating at the edge of my seat. Keep us posted. Looking forward to a successful recovery. Don't give up.
Looks like a promising hit... good luck!
Be the moose...you got him bud
I really hope you find him.
600 yards in 4 hours doesn’t sound like the best blood trail, and typically lung/heart shot animals don’t go very far. Hang in there and keep looking!
Hope you get him but 600 yards and 4 hours has me thinking he will survive, unless you pushed him, moose usually bed quickly
Stay tough and hang in there!!!! Keep searching!
I really don't know what to belive. I reviewed the footage and it clearly shows the arrow entering the chest cavity and given the angle my assumption is that it hit at least one lung. The arrow entered about 10 inches up from the belly line and about 12 inches behind the shoulder, hanging half way out. I did not find the arrow broken or in one piece and my arrows are cut at 30 inches. We are going to track today until we cannot track no more. We just went through a patch of timber and blood trail was good then we went back out into the bog area and we're having problems again slowing us down. If we don't find this bull today I guess tomorrow I'll be back to hunting.
What is their wound policy? Hopefully you find it.
According to the official government website after serious efforts in finding the animal, if unsuccessful, then the hunt continues.
Any person who kills, cripples or wounds any game animal shall make all reasonable efforts to retrieve that animal.
This is what the bog does to a grown man boot
This is what the bog does to a grown man boot
I have a firm belief that this animal is seriously wounded and I am going to continue searching for it until dark today.
Great thread, hope you find him!
Depending on how quartering he was, 12" behind the shoulder may have gone between his front leg and ribcage, and not entered the ribcage.
Quartering away on a moose, I'd think hitting 3' behind the shoulder would put the broadhead into his vitals.
they don't go that far and show up dead for the hunter. Go get 'em tomorrow
Good luck Six, as long as I have a trail to follow I'd stay on it, you may get another shot at him or you may find him dead, why would you ever quit if you have blood to follow? Sending you my positive energy!
They are easy to kill but easy to loose out there too. How steep was the quartering away shot? Slight or steep quartering away?
Its been dArk awhile Hope he’s packing
Man Six ,I hope you find him!
600 yards yards of tracking with no bull tells me that bull is still alive........ Keep at it and good luck !!!!!
This is a great, and very real bowhunting thread. Hoping you found him tonight!
Good morning Orion brothers and sisters. We followed the sparse blood trail until dark. We walked a total of 3 miles. It was a long and tedious search filled with hope and despsir. In the end the magic bull lived to tell the tale according to evidence on the ground and guide experience . Given all sign I have pierced only one lung which is not enough to kill a moose. They are tough. Next time I will bring 700 grain arrows tipped with two edge fixed broadhead and crank the bow up to 70 lbs. Today is another hunt.
you'll get one with the gun
Not the gun! You don't need 700gr arrows to kill a moose, 450-500 is perfect, especially if your planning on shooting over 20 yards, a 700gr arrow drops like crazy. Your setup is perfect, as long as you don't use the shwacker, go arrow another one! Good luck
We see moose in the Valley from the Outlook post.
Sounds like there is video? Can you post it?
this thread seems to have gone upside down. Hope you get things straightened out. FM
After a quick planning session we descended in the valley keeping the wind in our favor. It took about 45 minutes to get close to the young bull. The first to greet us was the curious blonde cow I drew twice on before. We slowly inched forward thru bog and forest, past the cows, until we saw the bull. I positioned myself 60 yards forward from where the guide was. He started a calling sequence.
The cows came in first to check the area for newly arrived competition. After proper introduction they stopped at 20 and 30 yards in front of me tempting. Then slowly walked leading the the bull on the same path.
Good luck Six, enjoying your hunt back here in New England!
Waiting for the bull to get closer I noticed a recent shed on the ground not too far from me. Not too long after I took the shed picture I saw the bull on approach. He walked slow with purpose, in my direction, step by step closer. I had the gun ready on my right shoulder on the sling while holding the bow in the left hand, prepared for any scenario. My heart was beating rapidly in anticipation, but I managed to control my breath. The bull was now at 65 yards.
Keeping us in suspense Six good job so far!
Man your a slow typer......lol. I'm assuming you were busy skinning and qtring
come on........we were getting updates every time the wind changed earlier in the week and now with the moose in range it is stalling. get him down six!
The guide signaled to move forward slowly. Step by step, thru water, grass, lichens, and mud, I inched my way towards the bull, rocking my bow above the head. He responded to my move by rocking his head gear and slowly circling downwind. Toegether locked in this death dance we became partners.
Geezzz! This is as slow as one of my threads already!
Your killing me here man... Killing me :)
Keep it up - the internet needs more suspense and patience! AWESOME "story" six.
Season series episode?getting painful didn't this take place a day or two back?Im assuming they got the moose?
It's slow, but at least he's seeing and posting more than squirrels and treestand boot pics. ;)
Hope this bull goes down!
Having the wind in mt favor I managed to close the distance to 20 yards. He stoped broadside and I pulled the bow back holding steady awaiting his next move. The moment of truth came when he took one step forward opening the vital area to a full metal jacket arrow tipped with a VAP fixed broadband. I released the string and followed the arrow with my eyes until it hit the target. The bull jumped forward 4 big steps then stoped shaking his head. I took another arrow out of the quiver and hit him again as recent memories of a long tracking job sprung to mind. The second arrow disappeared inside his rib cage completely. He stood on his hind legs for 2 seconds looking towards the clear morning sky peppered with fluffy clouds then he tipped over on the side. It took another 60 seconds before silence came over the valley. I suddenly felt the tiredness acumulated over the 4 days of hunting, 10 hours a day for 3 days plus anther 4 hours on day 4. I managed to walk next to the moose where I dropped down to my knees to say a prayer while my hand rested on the moose in an attempt to keep the connection. Weird conflicting feelings overwhelmed me. My quest was over and I panicked when I realized how much I am going to wait until next moose hunt in 2018.
Great story and great result. Glad you got it done with the bow! Congratulations.
You da man...Congrats Bud!!!!!!
Nice !!!!!!! Congrats !!!!
Awesome story and adventure! Congrats and thanks for sharing with us all.
Congratulations... thanks for taking us along.
Great story, and congrats to you!
Congratulations and way to stick with it
I had to wait 3 hours before the guide came over the mountain with a quad towing a small trailer. We split the hind legs and left the front in one piece. Then we took the long journey over bog, thru the forest, sneaking in between the willows branches, back to civilization. On my way back I found a bald eagle feather on the ground.
Awesome story Six. Thanks much for your time and effort to take us along.
Awesome end to an awesome hunt! Congratulations!
Wow. Great story and a great bull.
Moose meat is about the best there is. He looks delicious.
Congrats Six, glad you didn't need the boom stick.
Thanks for taking me with you,what did the hunt cost?
Thanks for taking us along. Congrats !
Fantastic brother!!! Congrats
Great job. Way to go. I love the dancing partners analogy you both rocking your headgear. That must have been mutually intimidating
You know they are cooked when they get up on their hind legs and look at the fluffy clouds. It’s skinning time when that happens.
Hunt is over
Hunt is over
The picture everyone is been waiting for.
Congrats Six! Awesome hunt and thanks for sharing.
Heart, liver, kidneys, mushrooms, red wine tomato sauce, onions and 3 hours slow cooking.
Heart, liver, kidneys, mushrooms, red wine tomato sauce, onions and 3 hours slow cooking.
This where I take the knife to the meat, wrap everything in butcher paper and put it in the freezer. The four quarters are hanging in the meat shed, slowly drying out. Today i cooked the tongue, the heart, the kidneys, and the liver. Everyone on camp ate.
What a trip you are having! Awesome!
Awesome follow up congrats six!
That is so awesome man, Congratulations!!!!!!!! That stew looked very delicious!
God Bless and that was a great story!!
You mentioned eating the lips. Expand on that...
Congrats Six! Great write up.
And the kidneys - how did you prepare them? Only person, other than Steve Rinella (sp?), that I've heard of eating the kidneys. What do they taste like, texture? (interesting)
Thanks for taking the time to take us along.
Congrats!!Great hunt ,hope to do one myself before I get to dam old!!
Krasimir, What an adventure you took us on and as many hunts go, there are highs and lows one must confront. You did well. My best, Paul
The cellular phone signal is good in certain areas and not so good in others. When I posted every time the wind changed I had a very good signal. In the valley where I killed my most there was no signal at all but I typed everything that happened in real time and I pressed send and they went as the signal became available one by one. For those thinking going moose hunting I have to tell you that the terrain is extremely rough. You have to climb steep inclines on a mountain, you have to descend them, you have to make your way through the bog, you have to make your way through thick brush and very thick forest and you have to know how to swim because if they have one thing in abundance other than moose and bears, is water. Roughly this trip cost me $6500, including every expense. Money well spent as i had a blast of a hunt. Even though I did not have a bear tag the guide took me one day to stalk a black bear eating on a moose carcass. I managed to get as close as 28 yards to the bear and then she realized I was there. She called her cub by chafing instructed him to climb the tree and then turned to me ready to charge. I slowly backed away and waved goodbye from a safe distance. If you go hunting to Newfoundland make sure you get a bear tag. The tag will allow you to hunt up to two bears. We also saw and followed a caribou and got really close at about 30 yards.
Wow I figured it would cost more then $6500 good deal. That trip would have to be my number 1 without a doubt, maybe some day. How much is the bear tag?
Congrats six. Great trip and really enjoyed your story telling. Kept me checking back every time I had a chance.
Awesome hunt! Thanks for sharing.
We crossed the border without any event. We only had to answer a few questions and fill out a form after which we kept on driving. After 20 hours drive we finally arrived at home. The next day all the meat is in the freezer. Cut and wrapped by my own hands. It filled the entire freezer and there's a part on the bottom that you cannot see where there is meat as well. I had a very good hunt and I'm happy to be home with the meat and healthy. Thank God for this adventure.
Damn that would feed me for five years good stuff!
Any idea on the live/dressed weight and how much meat you got out of it..congrats again bud!!!
The lived bone in weight was 55 lbs on hind quarters and 162 lbs on front quarters plus another 50 lbs between the neck and ribs. Total for bone in was 484 lbs. The raw meat weight is 323 lbs, and I did keep the bones for cooking. Per pound the raw meat cost $20.12 which is not bad considering the fun included.
Nice !!!!!! That's a lot of great eating !!!!