Novahunter, I am booked to hunt the same week as you. We are traveling with 5 of us from New York. I hunted Newfoundland in 2009 and have been wanting to return since. You have done some great planning and it looks like you have it figured out. I did not fill out the state side firearm form last trip and dont remember it being a issue. I will fill it out this time. Times have changed.All,
Have a Newfoundland Moose hunt booked for the fall. This will be my 2nd time to Newfoundland as I went along in 2017 with my Uncle. Going with the same outfitter as we had a great time and everyone at camp got a bull, and looks like they've had very good success the last few years as well.
However, this time I am planning the trip for myself and 1 buddy, and we are driving from Virginia instead of flying.
So, I've been researching logistics here and talking with my guide and have alot of the trip planned, but would appreciate any input or advice if there's better ways to do something. Have not booked things yet, but plan to very soon.
Plan: Hunt is booked Oct 1 to Oct 8th. Outfitter is in the deer lake area. We are to meet the guide in deer lake at 12noon on the 1st. I'm planning on driving my Tundra (I do have a 10ft trailer available but at this point I don't think I need it for 2 guys). The drive to the ferry from Northern VA is listed at 23 hours on google. We'll leave VA Thursday morning at 6am, drive about halfway, sleep for the night and aim to be at the Ferry by 9pm Sep 30th. Book the 11:45pm ferry, overnight in a cabin, then disembark ferry in the morning and drive to deer lake the morning of Oct. 1.
Gear will travel in the rear of the Truck quad cab, while the bed will have a 5 cu. ft freezer and three 165qt coolers in the bed. Last time I had the moose processed in Newfoundland, and this time I want to bring it back and have it processed here. My plan is to fill the freezer with water bottles. When needed, we'll turn the freezer on and freezer all the bottles of water for ice. Distribute those to the coolers, and pack one moose in 2 coolers and one moose in a cooler and the freezer. I'll either run the freezer off my truck or get a small generator. I figure this should be good to at least cool the meat down initially and if we need to stop and buy ice on the trip back we can.
For gear, I've got Alphaburley boots, Kuiu raingear, and I'll bring 2 rifles. Rifles are my 300 RUM and .308 as backup. My buddy will also bring his rifle (300 Win). Rest of my gear is my standard hunting gear, with some of my competition shooting gear too (tripod, light shooting bag, etc), and med kit/stop the bleed kit. I do need a new backpack. Looking at the Eberlestock Vapor series for a light hunting backpack. Other backpack recommendations?
Return trip: we will leave Newfoundland on the Ferry the night of Oct 8th, and arrive back in VA on Monday Oct 10th.
Questions: Have I planned the travel time up and back correctly? I've seen some threads where the ferries are delayed, so do many guys build an extra day into the planned travel? That would mean I'd leave VA on Wednesday and get to Deer Lake on Sep 30th.
Is my plan to bring the moose back a good one? What do I need to get through customs coming back with meat?
Is there anything else I am not thinking of that I need to?
Both of us are vaxxed, have passports, and I am familiar with the rules for taking rifles across the border, so I believe I am good in that regard unless there were any major changes (outside of covid rules) since 2017.
Thank you in advance for comments or recommendations.
Hey guys thanks for the info on Newfound land moose hunt. A friend and I will be driving from South Central Virginia for our hunt in Sept 2023 to North side of NF. How early (What month) do you recommend booking Ferry Room? Thanks
Where did you get your CBP Form 4457 signed or stamped on the way in? I'm flying on a trip to Canada and trying to figure out how to get that handled ahead of time. Can they do it at the airport when you check in? ThanksThe US customs form to bring gun back into USA is CBP Form 4457. Certificate of Registration For Personal Effect Taken Aboard 19CFR 148.! Once your gun is registered it' good for life and can add different guns in the future. It's less complicated doing it going in to canada then coming out at US customs.
any airport with a customs office can do it.Where did you get your CBP Form 4457 signed or stamped on the way in? I'm flying on a trip to Canada and trying to figure out how to get that handled ahead of time. Can they do it at the airport when you check in? Thanks