Why United States
Vast selection of species
The United States offers a vast selection of species to hunt, many of which cannot be hunted anywhere else in the world
Variety of hunt options
The United States features diverse terrain, and different regions of the country use different hunting methods. This allows hunters a wide variety of hunt options to suit their physical abilities and preferred method of hunting. From the Eastern hardwood timbers to the plains and Rocky Mountains of the West, picturesque scenery and unique challenges await the hunter venturing to the United States
The United States is a safe destination that is easy to get to from nearly anywhere in the world
About hunting in United States
The United States is a huge country with diverse terrain, almost two dozen species of big game, and a wide variety of waterfowl, small game, and upland birds. There are few places in the world more exciting and challenging to hunt. From the snowy peaks of the northern Rockies to the deserts of the Southwest to the hardwood forests of the East and Midwest, the wide variety of landscapes provide a breathtaking array of hunting experiences for a plentiful selection of game animals. Whether you desire pronghorn, mountain goat, moose, white-tailed deer, bighorn sheep, black bear, mule deer, elk, or mountain lion, each offers a different adventure. Because hunting in the USA is managed on a state-by-state basis and the game and terrain is so varied, it’s easy to find a trip perfect for your skill level, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hunter. From stand hunting for whitetails to spot-and-stalk hunting for elk to pursuing mountain lions over a pack of hounds, there is something for every hunter in the vast forests, plains, and mountains of the United States.
What you need to know
1. Planning your trip
2. Upon arrival
4. After the hunt
Planning your trip
Visas, laws, and regulations
The United States requires a visa for entry, but citizens or nationals Canada and Bermuda, as well as of countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program, are exempt from the requirement if they are traveling to the United States for 90 days or less. Find the list of countries eligible for the visa waiver here.
Travelers must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from their planned departure from the USA, and those using the Visa Waiver Program must have an e-passport.
Visiting hunters who are not citizens or legal residents of the United States are required to obtain a federal permit for their firearms and ammunition in advance of their arrival through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and firearms (ATF). You will need to obtain and complete ATF Form 6NIA (5330.3D Application/Permit for Temporary Importation of Firearms and Ammunition by Nonimmigrant Aliens) to apply for the ATF permit. Contact ATF's Firearms and Explosives Import office with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Licenses and Tags
All states in the United States require hunters to have a state-issued hunting license to hunt within the borders of that state. In many cases an additional permit for the specific animal, or “tag,” is also required. In many states, a valid hunting license from your home country will allow you to purchase the required hunting license; in some states, however, you may be required to prove that you have completed a hunter education course in order to buy a license. If you are hunting migratory birds, including ducks and doves, you will also be required to purchase a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp. Your outfitter will provide you with details of what licenses and tags are required for your specific hunt and how to purchase them.
Upon arrival into the United States you will go through passport control then proceed on to collect your bags and firearms for customs inspection. You re-check your bags with your airline for your next flight and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official will check your firearm, then escort it to your plane. TSA regulations require that firearms must be transported unloaded in a hard-sided, locked case, and ammunition must be checked in a separate bag. Certain airlines may have additional restrictions.
Wildlife management in the United States is handled on a state-by-state basis. Each state has its own hunting rules and regulations, and even within a particular state, hunting styles as well as gear and clothing may differ widely. Most outfitters can be relied upon to provide a list of recommended gear and clothing, as well as suggestions for firearm types and calibers. Stand hunts, for example, often call for heavy, warm clothing, while hunters venturing to the mountains or taking on strenuous spot-and-stalk hunts should dress in layers. Comfortable boots appropriate to the terrain are a must for any hunt. Some states require hunters to wear a fluorescent orange hat, vest, or sometimes both. Because enforcement of hunting regulations is taken very seriously in the United States, it’s a good idea to obtain a copy of the state regulations where you will be hunting and familiarize yourself with them. Look for these regulations on the website of the fish and game agency in the state you plan to hunt.
After the hunt
Tipping is generally expected and appreciated on most hunts in the USA. Tips generally range from 5 to 15 percent of the total hunt cost.
Your outfitter should be able to recommend local taxidermists and meat processors, but these services are not included in the hunt cost. Discuss these aspects with your outfitter before arrival. Local taxidermists can prepare and pack trophies to your specifications, but it will be up to you to check legalities and arrange transport and shipment of the trophies to your home.
Yacht Based Spring Coastal Black Bear United States
Hunt giant coastal Black Bears in Southeast Alaska’s protein-rich, salmon-fed Rainforest! We have hunts available in both spring and fall every year. Hunts take place from one of our Yachts that serve as "base camp." From there you access the hunting areas in smaller 16 -18 ft boats or “Skiffs.” Spring bear hunting begins in mid-April extending into mid- June. During the spring season, bears emerging from their winter dens venture to the shoreline and grass flats in search of the major source of food this time of year - new plant growth, kelp, and small crustaceans along the coastline. Hunting is a spot-and-stalk style. Skiffs launched from the base-camp vessel are used to cruise promising stretches of shoreline, or to access grass flats where bears come to feed, typically in late evening - often at last light. This is a totally free-range, fair chase hunt that brings you to some of the most magnificent country on Earth - with the added bonus of a chance at a phenomenal World-class Black Bear; often the size of Grizzlies! Hunters should be prepared to hunt in Simms waders and wading boots, and be able to walk at least 2 miles over slick, uneven ground. Shooting distances typically are under 100 yards and hunters should be prepared to shoot from many different positions as a dead rest is not always possible, and shooting sticks are generally not functional in our area. Good optics are a must, as many hours are spent sitting and glassing shorelines. There is always a myriad of wildlife to see other than bears - sea mammals, birds, and whales. Wolf season is open for much of our spring season and we recommend all hunters obtain a tag just in case you are lucky enough to get a chance at one. Our Black Bear hunts are typically 5-6 days long. Black Bear square from 7ft to 8 1/2ft+ with skulls ranging from 17 - 22 inch. Please inquire for available dates!
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 15 Apr 2021 15 Jun 2021
Classic Upland Bird Hunt United States
Seasons: Wild Hunts-Arizona is October - February, Nevada is October - January Limits: Arizona - Gambel Quail - 15 Daily Nevada - Gambel Quail - 10 Daily Nevada - Chukars - 6 Daily (or 3 Chukars & 3 Huns) Nevada - Huns - 6 Daily (or 3 Chukars & 3 Huns) Hunting may take place across the entire state of Nevada and Arizona depending on bird populations and the particular species that you wish to target. Usually it is necessary to concentrate on a single species each day. Generally speaking, Northern Nevada is made up of 80% Chukars & 20% mixture of Huns & California Quail. Southern Nevada is usually split between 70% Gambel Qual & 30% Chukars. Arizona hunting is for Gambel Quail, Scaled, & Mearns Quail. 10,000 acre ranch in southern Arizona that has 3 species of quail Make your interests known prior to the hunt so our scouting can concentrate on your choice of species. Programs will require some driving throughout the hunting territories. Lodging is provided in quality facilities, including three daily meals and airport transfers. Overnight trips at the following airports; Elko, NV - Reno, NV, Tucson, AZ, and may require a small increase for fuel due to high fuel costs.
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 1 Oct 2020 28 Feb 2021
Turkey Hunt '21 United States
We are a licensed and insured family owned guiding business ran out of Trinidad, Colorado. The owner and operator, Brad is a highly experienced hunter specializing in the Southern Colorado area for 17 years. Our guides are some of the most knowledgeable and experienced big game hunters in the Southern Colorado area. Any person looking for a guided hunt in this region will be sure to enjoy the professionalism we offer along with the excitement of a trophy hunt. This hunt is conducted on several private ranches consisting of 10,000 Acres. You will be responsible for transportation to Trinidad Colorado. Lodging and meals are not included. Licenses are available upon arrival.
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 13 Apr 2021 24 May 2021
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