Big game hunting can be a rewarding activity for those who love the thrill of the hunt. However, not every state has the best hunting areas available for this kind of hunting. If big game hunting is something you love to do, here are the best states for you to visit.
When it comes to size, no state is bigger than Alaska, and the animals that live there follow the same trend. If you like hunting cervids, there are plenty of deer, elk, moos, and caribou. You can also hunt bison, muskox, mountain goats, and Dall sheep if you’re looking for a heavy pelt. And if you are looking for a more dangerous prey, consider hunting wolves or bears. According to Hunt and Fish Connection, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is offering a brown bear hunting season starting August 20. The best time to hunt in Alaska is between August and October. Because of the dangerous environment, Alaska requires that nonresidents have a licensed guide to hunt big game. Aside from a guide, you should also look into getting off road transport.
While not as large as Alaska, Montana boasts a landscape that is a hunter’s dream. In the west there are over 100 mountain ranges. In the east, there are extensive prairies interrupted by the occasional isolated peaks. Because of Montana’s popularity, according to Book Your Hunt, there is a minimum requirement of 400 square inches of hunter orange that must be worn above the waist. In Montana, for big game hunting you can find Rocky Mountain elk, Shiras moose, mountain goats, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, wolves, bison, black bears, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, and turkey.
Colorado makes this list because of its prowess in one area, elk hunting. Colorado boasts the largest elk population in the world. Some individuals claim that while the elk is plentiful, the trophy quality isn’t as high. Whether or not this is true, is debatable. What is true is that it is much easier to secure tags and licenses in Colorado for elk hunting than anywhere else. You will also be much more likely to return successfully from your hunt. Aside from elk, you can also enjoy hunting black bear, mountain lion, moose, pronghorn, and turkey.
Big game hunting may not be for everyone, but if it’s something you love to do, these are some great places to visit. Just make sure that you take the proper precautions and follow all local regulations so you can make sure to have a great time without anyone getting hurt.
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