Do you fancy a hunting trip soon? We've rounded up the top five places you should visit and keep visiting!
Make Your Hunting Trip Worthwhile
Though cultural trends can occasionally get us down and in a rut, the good news is that the U.S. is still a veritable haven for hunters of all stripes.
Almost no matter what you want to hunt, there’s an idyllic place untouched by civilization where you can connect with nature and hunt as your forefathers did somewhere in this great country.
Let’s take a look at the best places to hunt in the US the next time you feel the itch.
1. Appleton, WI
Appleton actually began as a settlement for trappers and fur traders.
Today, most hunters check out Appleton to hunt whitetail deer, which can grow to enormous sizes.
Wisconsin in general is the best state to hunt trophy whitetail anywhere in the country.
There are plenty of excellent hunting spots within 100 miles of the town, including Green Bay for fishing smallmouth bass and muskie. Sixty miles to the north, you can find Nicolet National Forest, which includes ample opportunities to hunt deer and grouse and catch a glimpse of one or two bears.
2. Salmon, ID
Though the name makes the town sound like a fishing capital, Salmon is actually a great place to hunt or fish for a much wider variety of game than you would expect.
True, the town is a great fishing spot, as it’s located on the Salmon River. Here, you can fish for trout and other fish species throughout the year.
Going past the river, you can hunt grouse, trophy elk, whitetail, and mule deer. Hunting for bears and lions, if you’re more adventurous, is also an option.
3. Albuquerque, NM
Don’t make a left turn when you reach this city (like Bugs Bunny always says he should have) and instead stick around for the great elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer, turkey, duck, quail, bear, goose, and pheasant hunting.
The great news is that most of these hunting opportunities can be found on a huge range of public land, making the territory easy to access and open to almost everyone.
There are four national forests to choose from in total, ranging from the Rio Grande National Forest to the Santa Fe National Forest.
4. Rapid City, SD
South Dakota offers more than just impressive scenery.
Check out Rapid City and head into the nearby mountains to bag plenty of deer, elk, and wild turkey depending on the exact season.
Or you can head back down to the lower lands and check out the lakes, there are multiple opportunities to fish, including spots where rainbow trout are known to congregate.
You can even find some black grizzlies here and there from time to time.
As we mentioned, you’ll more than likely want to stop and take in the view from time to time. It really is heaven up there.
5. Georgetown, SC
Last but not least is Georgetown, South Carolina. It’s near a number of rivers that are full of tons of excellent fish species.
Or you can head just outside town to the numerous forests and bag plenty of deer, quail, turkey, and other types of game to your heart's content.
There are so many deer that the town even marks deer sighting spots, where you can set up with a hunting tree stand and get ready for the easiest hunt of your life.
Go Ready and Prepared
Any of these towns could offer excellent hunting opportunities depending on your experience and the type of game you want to bag.
Be sure that you bring plenty of supplies and make sure your licenses are in order.
Different states have different philosophies or laws regarding certain kinds of weaponry.
Once you’ve done your homework, head out, and have fun on your hunting trip!
Which of the places mentioned above is your favorite? Do you have other top places to hunt? Share them with us in the comments section!