Top 10 Hunting Destinations in the US
Precious stone hunting sometimes, requires globetrotting, but if hunting wildlife were to be your pick, then the United States is just the right place to be. There have been talks about the elk, the deer, and the mountain lion. Still, not too many have a clue of the appropriate hunting spots in the U.S. Our growth as hunters is dependent on how much of information and experience we share with one another, and how effective we use our hunting skills.
Here is my outline of the top 10 hunting spots in the US, for the most hunted animals:
10. South Carolina For Bucks
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. In 2013, a Whitetail Report from the Quality Deer Management Association confirmed that the Palmetto state ranked first on the national stage for buck hunting. About 70 percent of hunters in South Carolina had successful bucks harvest.
The probability of bagging a white-tailed monster deer might be small, but the chances of enjoying your hunting and getting a sizeable buck are high.
9. Northwestern Montana for Black Bear
This region is popularly known as a hunting spot for black bear, look no farther than the east of Idaho border, and the north and west of Missoula. About 90 percent success rate on black bear hunting has been reported for Montana Spring, and a chance of coming across a black bear is above 95%.
The Flathead Lake and the Glacier National Park of the Pacific Northwest are favorite spots. These are the most sought-after travel destinations in the region, but are also on the broad mountainous area located west-side of the continental divide. Starting from April 15th, the spring bear season will commence and will run through until 31st of May.
8. South Dakota for Bison
The Bison is known to be the biggest hunted animal in the whole of North America. This wild game hunted for recreation is mostly the matured bull. This weighs about 2000 pounds, and is found more in the winter when their skins are thick and softer. All-inclusive ranch package offers supervised and unsupervised hunts where you have the opportunity to see animals dash across an undeveloped vast expanse. This area has remained the same from hundred years ago.
For non-trophy game hunts, Custer State Park is the place to be, with cows weighing between 850 to 1200+ pounds, and bulls between 850 to 1100 pounds, and above.
7. Idaho County, Idaho for Mountain Lions
The rugged nature of this region makes it an attractive home for wild beasts and most notably, the Mountain Lions. Getting access to this area is difficult even when conditions are favorable. The situation gets worse during winter, as gaining access becomes almost impossible. To the north and east of the County, we have the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the Hells Canyon to the west, portions of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and also, the Salmon River mountains to the south.
Hunters who have had successful harvests in this region used snowmobiles to navigate through rough and open roads. The distance from city centers, incredible genetics, and a variety of available meals makes this area a suitable habitat for behemoth mountain lions.
6. Texas for Whitetails
Virtually everything in Texas is bigger, without exempting the white-tailed deer hunting. More kills are recorded in the Lone Star State compared to any other, with about 309,207 bucks harvested in the year 2011. In the harvest of hornless deer, Texas ranked second, and from the year 2005 through 2010, the state also ranked 10th on a scale of 132 entries. This was based on the Boone & Crockett harvest results.
Based on these records, and the fact that about 1.6 million acres of land are available for public hunting, it seems like the number of harvests just started growing for whitetails harvest in Texas.
5. Oregon’s High Desert for the Bighorn sheep
The major attraction in the Pacific Wonderland is the Bighorn Sheep.
The Bighorn sheep is rare, and it’s tagged the most expensive game mammal of all. Hunting the big Oregon sheep is a once-in-a-lifetime tag. Using the Draw Odds might be fruitless because a lot of people do so every year without luck. Often times, guides make use of mules and horses to convey you in and out of the rugged sheep country. And most importantly, a hunter’s physical state must be healthy enough. Raft conveyance is also made available for hunts in river areas.
In 2014, the animal was retrieved from several locations by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to upturn genetic heterogeneity among herds. The doggedness of the ODFW has upturned the population of the bighorn sheep, which is now presumed to be about 3,500 to 3,700.
4. Moffat County, Colorado for Antelopes
The Pronghorn Antelope are known to be copious in Northwest Colorado. According to several expert views, 15,000 antelopes were left in Colorado in the 1960s.
This number, however, increased to about 30,000 in the 1970s and in 2008, the population of antelopes in Colorado hit 70,000. The improved numbers are as a result of synergistic conservation efforts by authorities. Ranches in some locations, offers classic domicile, guides, and a designated worker to show you places with the highest probabilities of hunting success.
3. Arizona for Elks
Arizona is globally known for its elk hunting and is vaunted as a top-rated producer of record-breaking bulls. It might take years to draw an Arizona elk hunting tag when trying out a lottery, but as soon as you do, move to Unit 10. Despite the fact that Arizona’s elk country looks desolate, it allows entry than most hunters are aware of. Unit 10 is surrounded by the Havasupai Indian reservation to the Northwest, Hualapai Indian reservation to the west. And also, there are hills, ridges and peaks, which experts consider as an easy-to-hunt area.
Regardless of drought periods, the Northwest area of Arizona produces a record harvest on a yearly score. The uniqueness of the Elk is the reason hunters cannot but hunt them.
2. Wasatch Mountains, Utah for Mountain Goats
The long-standing history of mountain goats in this area of Utah has made it a sanctuary. The population of these goats is massive in the region. Starting from September, hunts begin and ends within the first 7 days in October or before the snow build-up. It is noteworthy that hunting is done on foot.
The Mount Timpanogos is known to be the home of mountain goats. Hunting is done at elevations ranging from 10,000 feet to above 13,000 feet in this skewed terrain. It is important that a hunter sizes up a goat before taking a shot at it.
1. Quincy, IL for Bucks
Quincy, situated in “The Golden Triangle” of Illinois game hunting, possesses the record of being the area with the highest potential for trophy bucks.
Quincy’s proximity to Iowa and Mississippi, which are deer hunting states, is a plus.
The City serves as home for renowned white-tailed deer bagging outfitters such as South Fork, Heartland Lodge, and Hadley Creek. Quincy also has numerous recreational activities designed to engage hunters whenever they are not in the fields.