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Why United States

Hunting in United States: Vast selection of species

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

Hunting in United States: Variety of hunt options

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

Hunting in United States: Safe destination

Safe destination

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
  • 3. Hunting
  • 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.

Importing Firearms

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 eps@atf.gov.

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

Procedures

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.

Hunting

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

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.

Taxidermy

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.

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Hawaiian Blackbuck Hunt (2 days)

Hawaiian Blackbuck Hunt (2 days) United States

Black buck was introduced to Molokai in the early 1970s as part of the safari they planned to make. They escaped the safari and is now wild on the western half of the island. Originally from India, as well as the axis deer, these animals thrived. Mature males turn almost pitch black the reason they call them Black bucks. These animals love the heat of the day so you can find them out in the open, and or on water holes. Bow hunting is also possible.

Trip duration: 2 days

Trip available on: 1 January 2017 31 December 2017

$3,500 for 1 hunter
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Archery Pre Rut Deer Hunt

Archery Pre Rut Deer Hunt United States

This hunt is 5 days and 6 nights including lodging and meals. The Pre-Rut Hunt is the last few weeks before the primary rut and is one of the best times to tag a trophy. During this time the bucks become much more active within their home ranges; putting down rubs and scrapes and looking for those first early-cycling doe. 90 percent of overall scraping activity happens outside of the shooting hours. But, for five to seven days after the October full moon, daylight scraping activity starts to heats up. At this time about 50 percent of scrape visits occur during the day. The guides at Premier Outfitters will find the hottest sign on our farms and have you perched in a stand ready to intercept one of our mature bucks. For this hunt, you'll be allowed to harvest a total of one mature buck of 130 Boone & Crockett inches or better and one doe. Please inquire on available date before booking!

Trip duration: 5 days

Trip available on: 27 October 2017 2 November 2017

$2,500 for 1 hunter
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Semi-Guided Gun Whitetail, Nov.17-19

Semi-Guided Gun Whitetail, Nov.17-19 United States

The hunt includes 3 days of semi-guided hunt for 1 hunter and a possibility to shoot 1 buck. Tree stands provided & set, we also recommend you bring one of your own. 2017 hunts will run Sunday through Friday, with Sunday being set-up day. We do have harvest guidelines. Under our Quality Deer Management program, a “shooter” buck is defined as one that scores at least 130 Pope & Young.

Trip duration: 3 days

Trip available on: 17 November 2017 20 November 2017

$1,850 for 1 hunter
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