Sep 24, 2012 / 5:00 am
The Season is Open! So where are the most exhilarating places to bag that catch? Depends on what you're looking for... but here are a few options to get your gunpowder and lead ready for!
Argentina Duck Hunting
Just a few hours southwest from Buenos Aires lies a duck hunter's paradise. The Pampas area invites you to its call offering high-quality farmlands mix with marshes, to provide the prefect balance of feeding grounds and nesting habitat. The result has been an explosion of the duck population with a total of 13 species of ducks, only one of which is seen in North America! This area has become one of the best duck hunting spots in the world. Combine the hunt with warm Argentinean people, world famous beef and premium wine; and you have the making for an unforgettable experience.
Mexico Dove & Quail Hunting
The Mexican state of Sinaloa is alive with wings! Millions of waterfowl, quail and dove are attracted each year by the warm climate and vast fields of rice, corn, barley and varieties of other crops that provide excellent feeding, nesting and breeding grounds. Bird hunters get up to three extra months to hunt after most seasons close in the U.S. and Canada. This is truly the heart of white-wing dove and Bobwhite quail country.
Manitoba, Canada Caribou Hunting
Caribou hunting in northern Manitoba is the big game hunting experience of a lifetime. Situated on Manitoba's wild barren land on the boreal forest's edge, is located in the Central Barren Ground Caribou's migration route and grazing area. A remote paradise, this unexplored territory is rich with trophy caribou. With the Central Barren Ground herd's numbers approaching half a million, there's a trophy bull with your name on it. The caribou's high, sweeping multi-tined racks are much sought after, beautiful wall mounts. The caribou hunting in Manitoba consists of spot and stalk or ambush hunting and with a 99.9% success rate for both Archers and Gun toting hunters.
New Zealand's Red Stag
The red deer were first introduced to New Zealand in 1851. With the mild climate, lack of predators, and a widespread releases, they soon became well established throughout the North and South Islands. The red stag can be hunted from late February through to the end of August. Many consider March and April the most exciting hunting, as this is when the rut is on. Hunting is however available to the end of August for when the stags cast their antlers to begin the cycle of growth. The ultimate South Pacific hunting and fishing experience still exists in New Zealand, which offers a diverse range of game – the main animals being Red Stag, Tahr and Chamois. Of all the deer species found in New Zealand, red deer are the most common and almost always the most sought after by the hundreds of overseas hunters who regularly visit. The red stag is about the size of a mule deer buck so it definitely will fill the bag!
Alaskan Grizzly Bear Hunt
Alaska has an estimated 30,000 grizzly bears state-wide. Bear hunting seasons are held in both spring and fall in some areas but only in fall in other areas. Non-resident bear hunters are required to have a guide or be accompanied by an Alaska resident who is a relative. Alaska is famous as home to some of the finest big game hunting in not only North America, but the world.
African Hunting Safaris
Whether you are interested in the Big Five or in Plains Game hunting, Africa has it all! In South Africa hunting safaris are offered in the Limpopo Bushveld, the Lowveld, Eastern Free State, Kalahari and Eastern Cape. You can also have customized hunting safaris in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The hunting camps and lodges range from rustic and authentic, to moderate comfort; up to luxurious with all modern amenities always available. The better hunting outfitters typically book most, if not all, of their openings at least a year in advance, even several years in advance depending upon the species availability and rarity. Be aware that the more limited you are about the dates you desire the sooner you should be looking at booking your African hunting safari. For many countries, the months of May, June, July and August have a tendency to be the most popular for hunting safaris and tend to book up earlier so that should be taken into consideration as well.
Of course I could list dozens of more hot spots close to home or as far away as you like for game of all type and size. So it's best to meet with your Travel Counsellor as he or she can make all the needed arrangements for that hunting experience of a lifetime. Catch the one you've always dreamed of!
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