Old man and the moose

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front Page - BY ROSALYN ROY Rosalyn.roy@gulfnews.ca Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

90-year-old Lloyd Bogle, of Nova Sco­tia, bags a 550 lb. moose near Co­droy Pond.

Like many out­doors­men, Lloyd Bogle trav­els to New­found­land each year to hunt moose, and has al­ways en­joyed a suc­cess­ful hunt­ing trip.

The 90-year-old has bagged a moose each year for the past 34 years.

Speak­ing from his home in Stewiacke, N.S., as­sisted by his care­giver Shanda Cameron, Lloyd said he’s com­ing back again next year, too.

For Lloyd, it’s all about moose meat and the thrill of the hunt.

“Years ago, I shot 16 big cari­bou,” he said.

That was dur­ing his first trips to the is­land, back when hunt­ing cari­bou was still per­mit­ted. Lloyd is keen hunter who, in his ear­lier years, also suc­cess­fully hunted moose and deer in Nova Sco­tia. He can’t do that any­more though be­cause of the lot­tery sys­tem for li­cences, so he gave it up and fo­cused on com­ing to New­found­land in­stead.

“The out­doors is the play­ground over in New­found­land,” said his son, Dale, who con­firmed that Lloyd has al­ready made a de­posit on next year’s hunt.

Dale is a for­mer RCMP con­sta­ble whose first post­ing was at the Port aux Basques de­tach­ment, from 1979 to 1982. Even­tu­ally he was sta­tioned else­where through­out the prov­ince, re­turn­ing each year to the Co­droy Val­ley area to hunt and usu­ally ac­com­pa­nied by Lloyd, who al­ready en­joyed hunt­ing deer and moose in Nova Sco­tia.

That all changed when Dale was even­tu­ally trans­ferred to Nova Sco­tia.

“I could tell he was kind of miffed at me,” re­called Dale. “It was like, ‘What’s wrong with you?’”

It turns out that Lloyd was up­set his son could no longer ap­ply for a res­i­den­tial moose li­cence.

“I said I thought you’d be happy that I got moved less than an hour away from home! So that’s when he started go­ing with Grandy’s River (Out­fit­ters) at age 57.”

While the pair hunted to­gether very of­ten through­out the years, Dale didn’t al­ways travel to New­found­land dur­ing Lloyd’s trips. That changed eight years ago when Lloyd suf­fered a stroke, and now Dale al­ways ac­com­pa­nies his fa­ther.

De­spite the long, rough ride into the camp, Dale said Lloyd is the boss and there was no ques­tion of miss­ing the sea­son. Even dur­ing a re­cent health set­back in July, Dale said his fa­ther re­mained in­sis­tent.

“He was in the hos­pi­tal. He’d fallen and had a small com­pres­sion frac­ture in his lower back, so he was in the hos­pi­tal in July and he’s telling the nurs­ing staff, the hos­pi­tal staff that, ‘ You’ve got to get this fixed be­cause I’m go­ing moose hunt­ing in Septem­ber.’”

Good sys­tem

Dale said peo­ple are al­ways amazed that his fa­ther makes the trip, but that the out­fit­ters have a pretty good sys­tem in place.

“It’s al­ways the worry to make sure that he has all of his meds, that I’ve got the proper rain­wear and you know it can turn cold.”

Un­ex­pected in­juries can be­fall any hunter and out­fit­ters are pre­pared for emer­gen­cies, but Dale ad­mit­ted that get­ting any­one out of the woods to med­i­cal care is a huge un­der­tak­ing.

On the first day of the trip Lloyd ac­tu­ally fell, but Dale said the only thing that re­ally got hurt were his feel­ings more than any­thing. But de­spite the plan­ning and pro­tec­tion, Dale’s sis­ter still con­fessed that she wor­ried about her fa­ther mak­ing the trip again.

“He re­ally doesn’t care,” said Dale. “I was like if he’s go­ing to die (dur­ing the trip) it’s where he wants to be.”

When they’re not out look­ing for moose the hunters like to play crib, and this year Lloyd beat ev­ery­one to claim the Camp Crib Cham­pion ti­tle.

“He got lucky at cards,” laughed Dale. “Walked right through us all.”

Lloyd laughed heartily at the mem­ory. The moose he shot this sea­son weighed 550 pounds.

Dale is aware that wild game meat has health ben­e­fits, but he has won­dered about the amount of red meat his fa­ther en­joys.

“I think it’s got to be the health of or­ganic meat ba­si­cally be­cause he’s 90 years old and he’s not slow­ing down at all,” said Dale. “It’s prob­a­bly more ben­e­fi­cial than we re­ally re­al­ize.”

Dale is just glad that his fa­ther made it back on his feet in time for hunt­ing sea­son again this year. To go with­out him would have been tough on ev­ery­one, espe­cially Lloyd.

“It’s with­out ques­tion the high­light of his year,” says Dale. “I’d love to keep him go­ing as long as he can.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF DALE BOGLE

Char­lie Gil­lam, Dale Bogle (stand­ing) and Lloyd Bogle cel­e­brate Lloyd’s Camp Crib­bage Cham­pi­onship.

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