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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 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've hunted with several Outfitters across North America and Premiere Outfitters has their act together. The guides were very professional but also made you feel like family. Premiere is very upfront with you about the fact that if you want to kill a good buck you need to sit all day. Play the odds, you can't shoot them from the lodge. I was very pleased with everything about Premiere and have all ready booked for the upcoming season.
Every outfitter has something that is a little different and will never please everyone. Premiere did a great job with telling you all of the rules upfront and that's all you can ask of an outfitter.
The area they hunt appears to be well managed and holds good numbers of quality trophies. These folks are more than happy to hunt as hard as you are capable. If you are wanting to hunt sheep, be sure you are physically and mentally capable of this type of hunt. They do a good job of finding your best abilities.
The odor of my clothes when i returned.... I cant think of any one thing i did not like on my extreme sheep hunt. I expected to live on dried food and be wet most of the time from either precipitation or perspiration. My advice for a prospective hunter is know what to expect for the species you wish to hunt.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
2017 will be my seventh hunt at Premier Outfitters. They are professional, accommodating , and very knowledgeable of their properties and the deer that reside there. Mark and his guides are top notch hunters and do their very best to provide clients with a hunt that is both successful and a memorable experience. I highly recommend this outfitter to any hunter who enjoys deer, deer hunting and a capable staff together with a rustic homelike setting.
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.
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.
I have hunted in PA since the 1960's. This was my first time to ever hunt outside PA. Montana topography is much different than PA's. The week was interesting and fun. Made a mental mistake the first morning. Had my bow hanging on a hook while watching one way, when a shooter buck walked under my stand from the opposite direction at 10 yds. Opps! after that I saw big bucks either at a distance or it was to dark to shoot. Then came Friday (the last day0. I saw many deer all over the area around my tree stand. Finally my opportunity arrived at about 8:00 am. A nine point at about 30 yds. My Montana trophy was mine. Everyone at Montana Whitetails, the guides, fellow hunters and cooks, were both professional and enjoyable to with. It was a great week of hunting in the northwest.
It is a long way from PA to Montana, so I flew. Could not bring my antlers back with me. Had to wait until the following spring to have them shipped from the taxidermist.
I like the area and terrain we hunt there. The abundance of deer and knowing that a true giant could be seen and possibly harvested on any given day. Mark and his guides are gentlemen that know what is happening on their hunting grounds, and will do their best to put you in the best spot possible.
The 1200 mile ride to get there and then again to get home. We can't control weather and some days can be warmer than I would like.
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 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.
Mark and his guides are Great , they work year round to make your hunt amazing. If you follow them on Facebook you'll see what I'm talking about. It is the only hunt I've ever been on where I got to see grunting ,snort wheeze ,fighting ,chasing ,BIG DEER, just like on TV. I highly recommend it !!!!!
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.
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.
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!
Dan is a man of character and man of his word. With his outfit what you hear about his work is the results you will receive. We put in maximum dedication into our hunt and the return was tenfold. I have had the experience to hunt my whole life across the country with many outfits and Maine Trophy Outfitters is by far one of the top outfitters I have had the pleasure to hunt with with some of the highest skilled guides and experiences. The most refreshing aspect with this outfit is their feedback on what you can expect from their services is spot on with what you will receive. Top notch outfit and I can't hardly recommend them enough. Can't wait to go back!
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
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!
The farms we hunted were set up great for all wind directions. I saw plenty of deer every sit. There are a lot of mature bucks on their farms I passed on a nice mid 140 ten the first day and saw several other bucks bigger but couldn't close the deal. The guides were very attentive and worked with me to try and make it happen. Great food, lodging and atmosphere.
Hospitality is outstanding and PH is knowledgeable. Friendly staff, good conversations, and willingness to go above and beyond to make your experience fun. Plenty of hogs and shot opportunities, day or night.
Nothing bad to say about my experience. The only downside of my hunt was familiarity with my new night vision equipment and lack of experience shooting from a blind. Blinds don't offer a lot of room for a dead rest. Practice with your equipment and shooting from positions other than a dead rest will go a long way to success. But that's hunting.
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.
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.
Quality people all around. From the camp cook to guides and support staff. The kind of people you very quickly consider friends!!
As hunting goes, the elk rut wasn't peak when I was there. No complaints about the Ranch or staff.
the callenge and the capable people they put with you.
when the hunts are over.
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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