I want to thank Dean Crocker of Newfoundland as he was the Guide and host for this hunt. He and his crew of guides and staff showed us a fantastic time and some wonderful country. Not only did our group harvest two moose with chances at many others one of our hunters harvested a woodland Caribou as well. The caribou was another successful trophy hunt, but provided us some incredible meat. Dean also ensures that the animal is not wasted as I only returned with 1/3 of the meat while the rest is distributed to local residents. These residents are elderly and those that did not have opportunity to hunt for their supply of moose meat for the year. The people of Newfoundland are hard working folks and they act as a community in that they support each other when needed.
Their attitude is similar to an American Blue Collar worker, work hard and play hard. Everywhere we went people were extremely friendly and courteous to myself and our group.
Newfies, as they refer to themselves as, have a strong accent that is somewhat difficult to understand if you fail to actively listen. They speak as if their jaw is frozen, similar to when you send to much time in a zero degree day with the wind howling in your face. One guide in particular was Stan, a man with great skills and a quiet personality. When he did speak I had no idea what the hell he was saying, I eventually told him he was the Boomhauer of Newfoundland, he chuckled… I think.
All and all Dean Crocker and his band of Merry Guides were extremely professional and had an excellent knowledge of the area and the available Moose. If you are interested in doing this hunt contact Dean and will provide a week of great enjoyment. Just do not ask to drive his Argo.
I highly recommend hunting with Dean. I have been there before over the years and would come back again.
The attached moose picture is from this year, 2015.
We had 4 hunters and harvested 3 nice moose and 2 trophy caribou (out of 2 caribou tags). Our fourth hunter was a 72 year old who was generally along for the trip and did not shoot.
We didn’t see any bears this year, but I have killed a massive black bear while moose hunting there a few years ago. Got a moose then too.
We hunted from the lodge, which has outstanding accommodations, including great food. Hunting from the lodge gives much greater mobility/territory using ATVs than is the case with fly in camps, where you are limited in range once you arrive.
The guides work hard and put us on game, they get the game out, cleaned and packed.
Another key is animal management – the place is not hunted out like many camps in western Newfoundland.
It is a great place with great people; I recommend it.
|What can I say, Newfoundland pays off again in a HUGE way!! When the Newfoundland Labrador Outfitters Association contacted me earlier this spring and offered to help our EDGE TV crew secure a Woodland Caribou hunt on the Island we were astatic! Through the process we were able to select an outfitter and after careful research, many telephone conversations, I knew that Deep Country Lodge was the perfect fit for me. With an historically proven track record of monster Woodland and numerous happy reference clients, we jumped all over this opportunity. Owner Opperator Dean Crocker leaves no stone unturned! He delivered on every aspect of this adventure, from the cozy accommodations, complete with numerous amenities right down to boot dryers:) this place has it going on!! The food was “off the hook” and in true Newfoundland fashion, all home cooked and plenty of it. The hunt itself from start to finish was super cool!! On the first day in Caribou country I saw upwards of 60 to 70 animals, 4 of which I was sure to be of trophy quality! With the help of the guide we made a day one play on a giant Caribou that nearly ended my hunt early! The following day we snuck back into the same area and within a few hours I was standing over what will soon be the #8 or #9 all time, B&C Woodland Caribou!! A remarkable trip is an understatement and anyone that has ever dreamed of hunting this specie of caribou, dreamed of hunting moose or even black bear in one of the most majestic places on earth……then I urge you to check out Deep Country Lodge and the wonders that Newfoundland has to offer🏹 Steve Ecklund CABELA’S Ambassador and host of the EDGE TV|
Got back in early this morning (3am) and have unpacked and sent meat off to be cut up. We all enjoyed ourselves and have pleasant memories of our hunt and stay at your lodge. You, your dad, Pat, Wince, Stan, and Matt are all great people and we thank you and them for everything. The food and accomodations were outstanding. I look forward to booking a hunt again with you in the future.
Thanks again for a wonderful time.
Dean, I want to thank you, your mom and dad and all your guides for an awesome adventure! I had the best hunt ever being up in Newfoundland! The country is big and beautiful. When I was on a bear bait stand and that very nice bull moose came by, I couldn’t pass him up especially since I had my muzzleloader. What a thrill to harvest an animal that big with my muzzleloader. The caribou hunt was totally awesome. The 3 hr Argo ride back was an adventure in itself! Lots of caribou and to harvest a B&C book woodland caribou was just incredible!
Dean, you have the game and know where they are. Everyone gave 110% effort so all the hunters had an oppertunity to be successful. The home cooked meals were delious and excellent. You make everyone feel rite at home! Thanks again for an awesome adventure and I will be back.
Dean, Unanimous decision from all of us that our outing with you was excellent. We truly enjoyed the hunt; your leadership; each and every guide; in addition to the affection that we all had for your Dad too. The food was fantastic; accommodations excellent; and the association with guides and preparation for the hunts spot on. Best of luck to you and I certainly expect that our paths will cross again in the near future. Thanks for everything, Dean, and you are developing a first class experience. Keep up the great work.
When my girlfriend and I booked a spring black bear hunt. Which was suppost to be a hunt of a lifetime with (Beaulieau’s Caribou & Black Bear Trophy Hunt) We didn’t know what to expect. Now that the hunt is over. We can not wait to go again. Dean Crooker and his staff are great people. They are very friendly and down to earth. The lodge is 4 stars and the meals are some where between gourmet and really great homecooking. The guides are outstanding . They really know what they’re doing. They will do what it takes to get you your animal or at least get you a good shot. The rest is up to you. I was not lucky enough to harvest my bear because the bear did not present me with that broadside shot you need when hunting with a bow. With that said , My hunt of a life time, will hopefully be in 2009 again. We can’t wait.
– Sonny Rousseau & Nancy Shattuck
While hunting with Dean Crocker in September, we had hoped to see a few black bears and get enough footage and material for a television show and magazine feature article. We actually spotted 12 bears in less than four days and got most of them on film! We’ve hunted practically every species of game available in Newfoundland and Labrador, and this ranks as one of the most exciting hunts of them all. Dean Crocker proved not only to be a great guy with a friendly, easy-going personality, (and a great joke teller back at camp), but he’s a real pro and quite serious when it comes to bear hunting. We call him “the bear man.” He has a tremendous passion for the sport and for hunting in general. And yes, we got our bears and a great show out of it.
– Gord Follett & Dwight Blackwood
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Dean, I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed hunting with you and working with all the other great folks you had in camp. Your Dad must be made of blue steel! No, we didn’t get the biggest critters in the world, but that is something that can’t be controlled. However, everything that you guys could control, you did in a first class manner. It is without question the finest run tent camp I have ever been in. I couldn’t believe that someone was up that early in the morning just to make a fire in our stove so it would be warm when we did get up! The food was great, the camp was great, the hunting was fine too, but I think the thing I enjoyed most was you and your people….a tremendous work ethic and a wonderful sense of humor. I would enjoy the honor of hunting with you again sometime.
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