My Trip with the North American Hunter Moose Contest
By Fred Metzler
Let me begin by thanking you and everyone else involved for an extremely memorable trip.
I found out I won the Great North American Moose Hunting Sweepstakes on August 14th. I remember this date because it was the same day I found out that my dominate right eye had suffered a permanent loss of vision.
I was absolutely elated to finally get to participate in a guided big game hunt. After purchasing a new left handed bolt action rifle, I started on a regimen of practice that built my confidence shooting left handed and using my left eye. I have hunted deer for 50 years in four states but had never been on a fully guided hunt.
I was not sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised on my way to Newfoundland from the Detroit area; I met some terrific, friendly people; everyone from the custom agents, to the flight attendants, and the passengers were all helpful and friendly. I was actually welcomed to Newfoundland before I arrived. On my flight from Halifax to Deer Lake, I sat next to a lady from Corner Brook, NL who told me so much about the area she loved.
I hunted with Ray’s Hunting and Fishing Lodge in Howley. I was picked up at the motel Sunday morning and after meeting Scott and Chris, I knew I was going to have a good time. I could immediately tell that the guys knew their business. We settled into Ray’s spacious accommodations, met their staff and felt right at home. We were treated to excellent meals by Chef Bess who was up early every morning preparing a hot breakfast, packing us a sack lunch and preparing a delicious meal when we returned in the evening.
I never thought I would see the quantity and quality of the animals that the guides showed us. We saw animals every day. Ray’s equipment was all top shelf, from his 4 wheel drive trucks to his Argos and ATVs. The lodge was comfortable, food terrific and the entire experience a memorable event.
The Newfoundland landscape is truly breathtaking. I have never been anywhere as diverse and scenic. The view from the top of the mountain is majestic. I never expected it to be so magnificent.
With my eye problem, I thought I might see a few moose but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be able to harvest a 12 point moose. The guides got me in for a shot, dressed the animal, hauled it out, prepared it for the processor, and caped it for shipment home.
Newfoundland is truly blessed with its friendly people, abundance of moose, caribou, and black bear, and scenery second to none. Hunters of any age and physical condition can have a quality hunt for some great animals. This is a hunt that every hunter should experience in their life time. It was my first time but I sincerely hope that it won’t be the last time that I will hunt in Newfoundland.
I am 65 years old and blind in one eye and had the experience of a lifetime.
Thank you to the people of Newfoundland, Ray’s Hunting and Fishing Lodge, Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism, and the North American Hunting Club for providing me with an experience that I will treasure forever.
Thank you again for a fantastic trip.