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Welcome to our COVID-19 special page! Here we will inform you on what limits on hunting and travel are there, and what hunts you should consider now. In addition you’ll find things that will entertain, educate, and inspire you in the isolation of your lockdown.

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Restrictions on Travel and Hunting - Latest Updates

At present, most nations have attempted to slow down the spread of COVID-19 by imposing travel restrictions and/or stay-at-home orders. As a result, even when hunting opportunities exist, most exist only for local hunters.

USA

The United States is currently on another 30 day stay-at-home order by the President. Starting with Alaska, most states closed or suspended the non-resident spring hunting season. Some, like Illinois, closed access to public lands. Booking into the Fall hunts carries out as usual. If you are concerned about a hunt you already have booked, please contact your outfitter to keep updated and reschedule if necessary.

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Canada

The border between Canada and the USA is closed for all non-essential travel, with closure extended at least until June 21. Additional restrictive measures are set by certain provinces, including New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, North-West Territories, Nunavut and Yucon. While the denser populated provinces are on quarantine, resident seasons in most rural areas carry on as usual.

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Europe

Most European countries are on stay-home orders, more or less strict depending on the country. France has closed all hunting except to prevent agricultural damage. In Germany, the hunting seasons carry on, but travel restrictions effectively limit it to locals. In the UK “non-essential” travel is banned; pest control is essentially limited to farmers shooting on their own land. If you have a Roebuck hunt scheduled, contact your outfitters: most countries are under a travel ban till June. On a positive side, Spain has recently announced that the hunting season will proceed as usual, with travel restrictions expected to be lifted no later than June. Autumn season is on sale as usual.

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South America

Currently most countries are under a travel ban till late April. Outfitters are rescheduling hunts to 2021-22. Low season hunts, management hunts will still be available since August (Blackbuck, Water Buffalo, management stags, Rams, wingshooting)

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Russia

The borders are closed for both incoming and outgoing traffic and both Russian citizens and other nationals, with a few exceptions such as diplomats and truck drivers. Stay-at-home orders are in place in most cities and towns, and travel between regions is restricted. Most regions adhered to the recommendation to close the spring hunting seasons. Quarantine measures are expected to be lifted in early May, but there’s a strong probability they will be prolonged.

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Africa

Africa is fortunate that most seasons end late in the calendar year. The current trend is that clients with early season bookings are postponing their hunts to later dates or next season, rather than canceling their trips. Tanzania has become the first nation to open its borders completely for tourist travel; however, most African countries continue their policy of lockdowns and temporary travel bans to prevent any new COVID-19 cases from entering their borders. Cameroon has closed the 2020 season completely; there will be no hunting in the country until 2021. At this point in time, South Africa has entered Level 4 lockdown which allows locals to hunt, with hunting limited to their province of residence, a 20h00 - 05h00 curfew, and game meat distribution prohibited. There is no clear indication when international borders may open for international hunters to begin traveling. With this in mind, African operators are looking at late hunting seasons being back on track for their international clients.

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Oceania

New Zealand has currently closed their borders till late June. Most outfitters are rescheduling hunts to '21-22. Some management hunts will be available till the end of the year. Australia is nearly the same.They will also have management and boar hunts available till Christmas, buffalos till October.

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Let us inspire you

Let your imagination run free. Let our blog stories take you from your easy chair to the most remote corners of the world, from elk bugle in the Rockies to a bone-chilling close call with a lion in Mozambique and more. If you have a practical question such as what gun to choose for wild turkey or whether spring works better than fall for bear hunting in Kamchatka, the answers are there as well. Yarns of the olden days? We got them, too. Enjoy!

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Jennifer Jenkins Support, North America +1 (307) 752 78 86
Peter Ruddle Support, Africa +27 (0)83 604 0723