Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Canada Yields Big Prizes for Area Hunters

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Canada Yields Big Prizes for Area Hunters

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A massive moose and a rare-colored bear were bagged by Northeast Florida hunters last month on separate trips to Canada.

Jacksonville's Joe Janaski, hunting in Newfoundland, shot a moose estimated at 1,200 pounds that boasted a spread of 51 1/2 inches.

In Manitoba, Orangedale's Steve Hiers used a muzzleloader to take an estimated 350- to 400-pound black bear whose coat was an unusual cross between chocolate and cinnamon.

Janaski has a 10-foot ceiling in his den, which will accommodate the trophy moose.

"That's if I can get it through the door," he said. "I'm having a full shoulder mount made."

Janaski and Jacksonville's Larry Russell booked the six-day moose hunt Oct. 23-28 with Tuckamore Outfitters, which is run by Barb Genge. The two hunters drove 42 hours from Jacksonville to Newfoundland, arriving on a Sunday. Six inches of snow covered the ground.

In the first four days, hunting with guide Gerald Bromley, they covered a lot of ground and saw a number of cows -- but only one small bull moose. On Friday, the next-to-last day of the hunt, Bromley identified the call of a bull in an area where cows had been seen.

"He heard a moose bawling and said that was a bull," Janaski said. "It's a weird sound. The guide said they usually make that noise right after they mate."

To approach the moose, Janaski had to cross about 200 yards of open bog. He could see the animal, whose shoulders were a good 7 feet off the ground.

"The moose knew something wasn't right, and he just started walking off," Janaski said. "The guide said to run toward him. Then the guide called, and the bull stopped."

Shooting offhand from about 150 yards away, Janaski fired his bolt-action Ruger .338 Winchester magnum, and the moose buckled. The animal made a slow circle, presenting his other side, and Janaski fired the clincher.

The moose turned out to be the largest taken this season at the outfitter's lodge. Its antlers sported 23 points and had a double palmation on one side.

"In a typical moose, the antlers start to flatten out and widen in normal palmation," Janaski said. "This one split coming out of one palmation and grew back together. …

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