Great place to experience what hunting is, challenging yourself and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a tough hunt,
The United States offers a vast selection of species to hunt, many of which cannot be hunted anywhere else in the world
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
The guides are well verse in the animals of Alaska and are residents. Not someone from the 'lower 48' looking for work.
Having better sleeping quarters would be nice but not real practical if you are headed to the back country. A larger group tent for eating and drying out would be nice along with a chair or two.
Once you take the the float plane out of Kodiak you are in the wilderness and the scenery is amazing. We saw bears every day but getting close to a mature bear is challenging. However on the seventh day we are able to take a great bear. If you really want a big bear you need to plan to stay all ten days.
The only thing not to like is the rain. We only saw the sun two of the nine days I was on Kodiak.
The staff, the hunting fields, the chef, the meals, the accommodations, the well thought out plan each day. Everyone is exceptionally friendly, helpful and professional.
Everything is so well planned and thought out that I can not think of anything I didn't like.
I was able to harvest a very nice 6x6 elk on the very first night of the hunt, actually the very first time I ever hunted elk. My guide, Steve Miller and I had a whole herd of elk come by us, approximately 200-300 elk, lots of bulls, on Sept. 20, rut was just peaking, bulls were going crazy, chasing cows, bugling, fighting, we were in the right spot at the right time!! These guides know their hunting areas and know how and where the elk move. We ambushed the herd we saw coming down from the timber in the evening to feed in alfalfa fields on one of the private ranches that Montana Whitetails leases. The food was very good and their accomodations were very nice, they just built a new log cabin lodge. The stocked trout pond at the lodge was a nice bonus, full of big, hungry trout, and they supplied the rods and tackle.
I also hunted whitetails, saw lots of deer, many bucks, but no shooter bucks, but weather turned hot and windy, was in the 90's in Sept., bigger bucks were laying low, also was early to hunt deer, closer to rut in Nov. would be much better for whitetails. I picked Sept. to hunt mainly to hunt the elk rut,which worked out perfectly. There are a lot of deer in their hunting areas. The weather got hotter and windier as my week went by, unusually hot for that time in Montana, which affected deer movement, especially the bigger bucks.
Driven to produce; personal attention; will work as hard as possible to get the hunter game. A true student of his quarry, Dan has probably handled more black bear than any outfitter in the northeast today. Attention to detail, outstanding dogs and delicious food make this a first rate hunt.
Everything they run a top knotch business Guides kill their selves to make your hunt successful and know the game moments so you always see game
Late season elk hunting is touch and go due to weather I like late November for the whitetail rut so a combo hunt that I do is a lot more challenging on finding a trophy bull and the herd sizes. but that's my decision not the outfitters. Thanks
Saw plenty of bears, beautiful country, lots of other game. Had opportunities to get a bear, but didn't connect. Dennis and Kelsey were fun and entertaining--we had a great time. We'll go hunting with Bitterroot Mountain Outfitters again!
Bathroom was quite aways from camp.
Dirk and Jen are two of the hardest working guides I've met. They've always gone above and beyond to make sure I'm having the best hunt I can. That doesn't always mean I'm able to harvest an animal but it's never due to lack of hard work by Dirk and Jen or opportunities to get on game. Hunting with GPO is like visiting good friends I only get to see but once a year.
I can't say there was anything I didn't like about the time and experience with GPO. They are 1st class.
As a busy professional with a practice and 3 kids rrvo provides a dream hunt pursuing the most mature buck possible. I would describe what i was looking for and they will make every effort for that opportunity to become a reality. The terrain is much different than S.C. and just being there with so much wildlife is incredible
I could not stay longer.
the callenge and the capable people they put with you.
when the hunts are over.
I hunted 4 times with Bearfoot Adventures in 4 years. Every year was successful and I have 4 memories of a lifetime. 2 made Top 10 SCI and one of them All-time Boone and Crockett. The hunts are hard but he game is there. If you put in the work, effort, and preparation you can be assured a great experience and successful hunt. You feel important to the outfitter and won't be let down. I never went hungry and the outfitter was constantly in touch with the hunters and guides out in the field. He worked hard toward safety and success on every hunt. When necessary they brought in the plane to make a change in location when weather or hunting dictated a change.
Costs in Alaska are very expensive, so it is with hunting and the necessity of airplanes for travel This makes it very pricey for the average hunter like myself. Weather during hunting season can be brutal. Both are out of control of the outfitters/guides. I was advised of proper gear ahead of time. Not the outfitters fault of course but makes it hard to feel like a good value for your dollars.
This place is top notch from the Guides, animals, service, food, accomadations and cleanliness. If I am going to pay to be taken hunting whether it's bird or big game, I want the best and I feel that Ruggs Ranch is the best place possible to go for all of this. We have been going for 4 years now and every time it gets better. Very, very professional in every way and the guides are fun to hang out with after the hunt. Elk hunting was amazing we got 10 animals out of 12 hunters pretty darn amazing. The bird hunting is also awesome and a very realistic experience as they encourage wild birds by feeding them year around. I could not be happier and will be going back every year Lord willing. The place is AWESOME!!
There's honestly not one thing that I have ever been dissatisfied or unhappy with.
Lots of good quality animals and the terrain/altitude was very manageable. The least physically demanding elk hunt I've been on. Knowledgeable, professional, hard-working guides and each night is spent in a beautiful new lodge, complete with a catch & release trout pond.
We saw multiple bucks during the week, some shot opportunity at shooter bucks but warmer then normal weather had most bucks moving after dark. The sign & trail cams told the story, def TROPHY bucks in the area. 100's of acres of corn & beans with small woodlots mean prime Midwest ground! No doubt I would suggest Camp Kay Outfitters to any one looking for a Midwest whitetail hunt!
The hospitality was great and they made me feel like family. They have a lot of different set ups so you can hunt multiple locations. The hinting is great and you will see a lot of different wildlife. Great place I go every year.
I liked the young man who runs the outfit. Very conscientious. I liked my room. I liked the personal touch. I liked the snack collection. Friendly atmosphere. Great looking property but few deer due to the weather.
Not much except the weather. Torrential downpours really make it miserable.
the staff, the food , the accommodation's, the food.. the hot tub !
The birds were a little weak, they didn't want to fly much
For my first time hunting in North America i had the best experience pursuing whitetail the way most americans do. Although i never drew my bow back on any deer this is by far one of my most favourite hunts to date. I look forward to hopefully coming back one day.
From the time you get off of interstate 90 heading north to the new lodge, all you see is wildlife everywhere. Keith and Steve Miller will do everything possible to fulfill your hunting experience with a quality animal. I booked the 2015 rifle elk and whitetail hunt and could not have had a better experience. Ended up harvesting a beautiful 6x6 bull elk, cow elk and a mature whitetail buck. There private ranches and river bottom property are properly managed so you can count on good animals being there. Tree stand bow hunters will love the setups on the river bottom for whitetails because Keith and Steve are experienced bow hunters themselves and carefully place quality stands in strategic areas and use the wind each and every day to put you in the proper stand for that days conditions. My first hunt was an early season whitetail bow hunt in 2008 and I shot a nice mature 8 point. During my first day out I had a moose come into stand and saw antelope, whitetail and mule deer. These guys do their homework for you and do the best they possibly can to give you an opportunity for a successful hunt. Going back again this year to do it again........2016
What I did not like has nothing to do with Montana Whitetails but for me I like to eat what I harvest, so flying is not an option. Pack up the vehicle and drive from Pennsylvania to Montana. We used to drive straight threw but since we are getting older it now takes us two days. We break up the driving with a visit to Mt. Rushmore. Maybe this year we will visit the Crazy Horse Memorial.
I have always wanted to bowhunt sheep. It is a dream but the prices on bighorns and desert sheep often push over $50,000 on the tag alone. This is an amazing and unique opportunity to hunt free range Aoudad with a bow for a price the avarage person can save for. There are tons of rams, the setting is awesome in the south Texas mountains and the Outfitters are professional and have done their homework. I have been blessed to hunt all over the world and the bowranch is in my top 2 places ever.
Nothing. You can not go wrong at the Bowranch!
I have had the privilege of hunting with Montana Whitetails a number of times and hold them in the highest regard! Their level of professionalism is unmatched and the quality of lodging and game will keep you coming back for more. Look nowhere else when your booking your next hunt . . . you wont be disappointed!
We offer both guided archery and guided rifle elk hunts for trophy class bulls across different resident herds here in Southwestern Montana. With several resident elk herds to hunt it allows us consistant success on key private ranches loaded with irrigated alfalfa fields, timbered ridges, foothills, and river bottom sanctuaries full of big game. Our elk hunting is done on semi-rugged to moderately rolling terrain between 5,000' & 7,000' in elevation. This allows us to offer a rather easy and enjoyable style of elk hunting straight from our main lodge, no horses, no pack trips or wall tents. Our elk hunters have access to private land in one of the best hunting regions in the state of Montana . Generally we can access most areas by 4 x 4 vehicle and then walk by foot to get into areas to glass for these bull elk. Calling is best in September for our bow hunters during the rut. September 21st is generally the peak of the rut for elk where we are located here in Montana. Early September and post rut dates in early October have also proven to be excellent weeks to harvest a trophy elk during archery season. Tree stands & haybale blinds are also methods that can be used during your hunt. We use a combination of tactics to adjust and get our clients opportunities at elk. Combo hunts for elk & deer, or antelope can also be accommodated. This will allow you to harvest a trophy whitetail deer, mule deer, or antelope here in Montana during your elk hunting trip. Archery, and all Combo Hunts are from Saturday to Saturday - arrival on Saturday, departure following Saturday, hunt 6 days Sun - Fri.
Trip duration: 7 days
Trip available on: 1 September 2018 25 November 2018
13 food plots w/ ladders stands on most plots. All wooded property except for the the food plots that are mostly 1/2 acre in size w/ 2 plots around 2 acres in size. 4 auto-corn feeders are always running. Upon booking you'll recieve a map of all the trails, food plot locations, what's in each food plot, ladder stand locations, auto feeder locations, cabin location, etc. Long time ago I bought a bulldozer and created trails to every plot as well as circles the entire boundary line w/ the dozer. 125' minimum buck rule. No management does to be shot at this time. Cabin is "primitive" - gas heat, gas lights, gas cookstove, but no running water. Has an outhouse. Bunk beds, pullout couch, generator and air conditioner in case it gets too warm. Smoker and gas grill outside as well as deer cart to pull out deer. Bring a quad or side-by-side if desired. $50 per night motels are 20 miles down the road if you want to treat yourself to a "regular" shower. *This hunt always gets booked. It's the first time you can get into the woods w/ a gun prior to rifle season. Only you would be on the property.
Trip duration: 2 days
Trip available on: 21 October 2017 22 October 2017
Hunt out of warm and comfortable pit blinds on well managed properties providing open water no matter what the temperature. Liberal 7 duck limits that can all be Mallards! During the 2015/2016 we averaged over 6 ducks per hunter!!Here is a link to a video of a typical duck hunt in one of our many flooded corn areas! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV8-mErwFsA
Trip duration: 1 day
Trip available on: 15 October 2017 29 January 2018