Frequently Asked Questions
Q1 – What’s included in the hunt?
A1 – All inclusive, pick up and drop off to the Deer Lake, Newfoundland Airport. Meals, lunches, tags, guide, trophy care and accomodations. All infield transportation. Clean bedlinen, towels and face clothes are provided.
Q2 – Can I drive or fly to Ray’s Hunting & Fishing Lodge?
A2 – Both! You can drive right to the door step of camp and use your own vehicle to bring your trophy and meat home. Use google maps to get directions from your home address to Howley, Newfoundland, Canada. Alternatively, you can fly into Deer Lake, Newfoundland, which is a major airport in our area serviced by Air Canada. It is only a 30 minute drive from our camp, pickup and drop off to the airport is provided by Ray’s.
Q3 – What about trophy and meat care?
A3 – Ray’s has a large Game Shed equipped with a meat cooler, salting racks for hides and equipment to clean antlers and boil european mounts. Countryside Abbittoir is a professional meat processing plant located 40 minutes from Ray’s. Countryside Abbittoir can, as requested, process your game professionally into steaks/roasts/stew/burgers/sausages all indivdually vacumm packed and packaged in accordance with airline requirements. Countryside Abbittoir is a licensed airline shipper.
Driving your own vehicle!
Capes can be salted twice or frozen, antlers will be cleaned for transport through Customs (free of meat, hair, and blood). You can take your meat quartered or have it processed professionally by Countryside Abbittoir. Cooled and vacumm packed, meat will keep for over a week without spoiling allowing ample time to travel home.
Flying with the airlines!
- Option 1 – Antlers, meat and capes are prepared for shipping by Countryside Abbittoir in accordance with airline regulations. Countryside Abbittoir will deliver the items at the airport at the time of your departure. US FDA allows wild game to be flown into the US at certian distribution points for pick up.
- Option 2 – Antlers, meat and capes can be packaged and frozen and stored at Countryside Abbittoir until mid November, at which time a large reefer tractor trailer will transport all items from Newfoundland to the United States at a predetermined drop off point. This is arranged through Countryside Abbittoir and is generally cheaper than shipping through the airlines and also more convenient if you do not live close to a designated US FDA distribution point.
Your trophy can also be left behind to our local taxidermist, Rex Jennings Taxidermy, to be mounted as requested.
Countryside Abbittoir fees and Taxidermy fees are seperate from the cost of your hunt.
Q4 – What can I expect for weather?
A4 – Spring – Temperatures usually range from lows of 40-50 F in the moring and evenings, and daytime highs of 60-70 F. Fall temperatures are very similar. However, later in the fall towards the end of October and into November, it can get a little cooler in the mornings and evenings, below freezing. Typical lows might be around 15-30 F and highs into the 30-35 F range.
Q5 – What should I bring?
A5 – The following list is a basic recommendation of what you’ll need to bring:
- Rubber boots (18″ high) Avoid bringing new boots not previously broken in.(May cause blisters.)
- Light Weight Rain gear, or Water Resistant Hunting Jacket/Pants.
- Day Pack (Back Pack) Suitable for carrying small items like water & sandwich.
- Fly repellent for spring time and September only.
- Warm layers for later fall along with Gloves and wool socks.
- A comfortable hat.
- Binoculars – Terrain makes for great glassing opportunities.
- Personal Items – Shave Kit/Soap/Shampoo/Slippers (You will not need towels or bedlinen, it is provided.)