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polecat

Like him or not  should be a good show. I want to go there. On CNN I believe.

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Zoli 16ga.

wife and I are going to spend a few weeks there next June to travel around and checkout the icebergs. 

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Salmo

I was out last night so recorded the show. Just watched it, after a good dinner of fresh local lobster. I enjoyed most of it, the show that is, the lobster was fabulous.  The cod fishing scenes were filmed in and just outside Quidi Vidi, an old fishing village surrounded by and now part of St. John’s and about 5 minutes drive from where I’m sitting.  St. Pierre and Miquelon,  the French islands just off the south coast are always worth a visit, great wines and great food. Though there’s not an awful lot to do there after you visit the cemetery but the bars are open all day!  Back in Newfoundland the Screech-In is not exactly ancient tradition, unless you consider the Seventies ancient, as it was created by a tour guide company first when the convention industry developed here. 

 

Can’t disagree with most of what was said.  Too bad Anthony was here in the fall though, we’ll past lobster season, which just opened here. 😁😁😁

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Remo

I have no idea what "unknown parts" are but just read a write up that Newfoundland could replace Iceland as the tourist destination. The pics were terrific.

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67diesel

Remo, probably quite a bit cheaper, too.  I've always wanted to visit Iceland but I've heard it is big $$$$.    I missed the show last night.

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Zoli 16ga.

Iceland....super pricey....beutiful, but three days is more than enough.

 

tried to convince the wife to go in September so I can bring the mutt, gun and ammo and shoot some birds. Will definitely take a moose home one day from there. 

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Ben Hong

I forgot to watch it but I have seen out-takes and preview scenes of the program earlier. From what I had seen, the program did not make too any gaffes and errors.

 

I love Nfld.because  a lot  of my maternal relatives have been there since the late 1800s. In fact in a quiet period of my life, I helped a favourite first cousin design and build a restaurant in Grand Falls, the Taiwan, that is still going strong, still in that family. I also love the province because of the plethora of outdoor sporting activities available. For example in one 5 day period about 22 years ago a distant relative of mine hunted ptarmigan 4 afternoons, we took his 24 ft. motorized skiff out to hunt turrs three times, hunted and bagged a couple of moose in a couple of the evenings, then hunted for ruffed grouse, and probably the most prized game of all giant Newfie hares. 

 

Then there are the people. Lard bejaysuss if there are finer people to be met, they must be in Eden.

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Salmo
10 hours ago, Ben Hong said:

. In fact in a quiet period of my life, I helped a favourite first cousin design and build a restaurant in Grand Falls, the Taiwan, that is still going strong, still in that family.

 

Ha! I’ve had many a fine meal in the Taiwan. The accounting firm I worked for years ago had their Grand Falls office upstairs over the Taiwan.  I was based and lived in St. John’s but as an accidental audit specialist in health care institutions I spent time every summer at the Grand Falls office doing the hospitals there and in Baie Verte. Spend all day at the hospital, eat at the Taiwan and then plug in a couple of hours in the office, mostly in the interest of getting home sooner. 

 

Ben, your distant relative wouldn’t have the last name Fong by any chance?

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Millriver

Wish I had seen the show. Newfoundland is on my bucket list.

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Brookieslayer

Going for a 2 week stint this June, a bed and breakfast tour, looking forward to it! I was there last June chasing some Salmo Salar... people are some of the most amazing people in Canada.

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Ben Hong
24 minutes ago, Salmo said:

 

Ha! I’ve had many a fine meal in the Taiwan. The accounting firm I worked for years ago had their Grand Falls office upstairs over the Taiwan.  I was based and lived in St. John’s but as an accidental audit specialist in health care institutions I spent time every summer at the Grand Falls office doing the hospitals there and in Baie Verte. Spend all day at the hospital, eat at the Taiwan and then plug in a couple of hours in the office, mostly in the interest of getting home sooner. 

 

Ben, your distant relative wouldn’t have the last name Fong by any chance?

YESSSS. Art.

 

Small world. I had just started my educational leave from the Army in 1964, and on my way to Schefferville/Lab City to work at IOC to earn some bucks for tuition etc. Stopped in Grand Falls to visit a favourite aunt, but ended up staying 7 months until the Taiwan  was built and running.

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Craig Doherty

Haven't seen the show.  Fished in Labrador a few years ago with a "Newfie" guide.  He almost talked us in to going to Newfoundland to bird hunt but getting there with a truckload of dogs was long and expensive.  Drive to Bar Harbor to the ferry.  Drive from Halifax to the tip of Cape Bretton to get another ferry to Newfoundland.  So, I figured at least three days travel each way if the ferry schedules worked -- four days if they didn't.  If I remember correctly the guide said we'd be able to hunt Ruffed and Spruce grouse as well as two types of ptarmigan.  Bag limits were pretty liberal as well.  Didn't go -- same travel time would put me in Montana without any expensive boat rides.

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Ben Hong

The inaccessibility of Nfld. is the charm, for some people. Look at  it this way, how much would it cost to hunt red grouse on the moors of Scotland?  Without your own dogs? Red grouse and ptarmigan are the same bird, lagopus lagopus. But, there is always a "but", the birds aren't as plentiful as they were back 55 years ago when I started to hunt them in the huge central barrens called the Gaff Tops'ils. Then, you had to hike a day in with sleeping bags, food, camp stoves etc. etc. Now atv's and snowmobiles give instant access to all kinds of road sluicers and poachers. Some of the once prime barrens have become distant memories to old geezers like me.

 

There is hope! The Labrador part of the province is still pretty darned good for birds (ptarmigan, r. grouse,) and big game like caribou and moose. And it's accessible by road.

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KenDD

Just want to clear up a few things..... Newfoundland is not easy to get to but most think that it is worth the effort. There is the option to fly as well with a couple of dogs. The moose population on the island portion of the province is in a major decline and the caribou population is very low as well with very few licenses. To hunt big game here you would have to go through an outfitter which is very expensive. With that said the birds although they are not what they were 55 years ago as Ben said above they are still very good in many areas. Like anywhere, the birds are better in remote hard to access areas. You do not need an outfitter to hunt upland birds but to find good locations you would need a guide. Word of warning most Newfoundland guides (not all) have no idea what it is like to hunt over well trained dogs and most have no problem shooting birds on the ground. I am one of the exceptions. Here you can hunt willow and rock ptarmigan, ruff and spruce grouse and if you like you can harvest snowshoe hares. Artic hares are seen but no hunting on the island portion.

Last year the ptarmigan numbers where on the upswing and if we have a good hatch and the weather to support the hatch this year will be very good. If we get poor weather, which is likely as always then the ptarmigan numbers will still be decent but not great.

There is no caribou hunt in Labrador the last number of years due to the drastic decline in the caribou numbers. A herd that was 800 000 plus is now less then 20 000 !

Ken

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Ben Hong

Ken, is that the George's River herd of caribou that has been so tragically reduced? What;s the prevailing opinion as to their decline?

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