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.
Top hunts All hunts (1196)
Whitetail/Bear/Coyote Combo 2019 United States
This is a semi-guided economy hunt for a Maine whitetail buck with the option for black bear and coyote as additional opportunities. The black bear season overlaps with firearm season on deer in Maine and IFW allows hunters to take a late-season, fair chase bear during the deer hunt. While not the primary species on this hunt, every camp usually has at least one hunter come in contact with a black bear while deer hunting here. Big northeastern coyotes are also prevalent in the area and provide added hunting value. We'll help get you set up on good sign and you'll hunt on your own. We'll also help with field care and tagging if you are successful. We can provide you a stand or blind, or you can bring your own. This is hunt is a popular option for experienced deer hunters looking to save a few dollars. This hunt is a great way to get introduced to hunting Maine for the first time on a budget.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 24 Nov 2019 30 Nov 2019
1 Hog Hunt United States
We are conveniently located an hour and a half from San Antonio Airport so getting to us is easy! We are located in the heart of big buck country, in the famous golden triangle. We only host a limited number of hunts each year to provide you with the best experience possible. Hog hunts are typically done from blinds. The ranch is covered in thick brush with senderos and fields which makes hunting a true challenge . The challenge and thrill of these hunts are the perfect compliment to a South Texas Whitetail hunt or pursued on their own year around. Hunts are 2 days/1 night. Each hog added to a package will be $250
Trip duration: 2 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2019 1 Jan 2021
Free-Range Trophy Oryx No Draw Hunt United States
The species to be hunted is the New Mexico Oryx. THIS IS A PRIVATE LAND NO DRAW HUNT! They were originally gemsbok from the deserts of Africa and transplanted onto White Sands Missile Range in south central New Mexico in the 1960’s. They adapted very well to the climate and terrain of New Mexico and have left the release site and moved onto other areas in the region including private land. They are very prolific and have no predators, so the population is substantial. Both bulls and cow oryx have horns and are legal to hunt. Bulls weigh approximately 325 - 450 pounds, and cows weigh about 300 – 375 pounds. Horn length can reach up to 40 inches for the bulls, and over 40 inches for the cows This hunt is for a free roaming trophy oryx (an animal with two good horns 35” or better). The hunt takes place in south central New Mexico on a 385,000 private land ranch. This is not a high fence enclosure. Hunts are under a private land permit system, making this a guaranteed license. This hunt is 7 days with 5 full days of hunting. There will be no more than 4 hunters per hunt period. The terrain we hunt is flat lands and rolling hills, making it a great hunt for seasoned as well as young hunters. We hunt from vehicles and on foot, the spot and stalk method. The ranch requires any wounded animal must be harvested. In field care of your game will be provided. Your harvested game animal will be taken to the skinning shed for skinning, caping, and quartering. The meat will be put into the cooler for storage and the capes will be frozen until the hunt is over and horns will be stored until they leave the ranch. Transporting of the cape, horns, and meat is the responsibility of the hunter. Available dates are to be set between outfitter and hunter and are 7 day periods during the season of September 1 – December 15, 2017. And then again March 1 – 31. There are no trophy fees for this hunt
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 1 Apr 2019 31 Mar 2020
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