Three Excellent Destinations for Winter Hunting26/09/16

 


Trekking through the snows of winter may be cold on the feet, but when you bag a big game animal you’ll feel pretty warm inside. It’s a great time of year, particularly after the holidays when things slow down and you can take time to commune with the great outdoors. But you’ll need to plan a seasonal hunting destination in advance to secure licenses, guides and a good place to eat and rest your bones.

Elk in Montana

Montana has a rich landscape of bison, bighorn sheep, deer, antelope and elk. One of the best public-land hunting locations in Montana is Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest because about half of the elk population comes from the southwest region of the state. The area outside the small town of Dillon has mountain ranges that provide the elk cover and hunters excellent vantage points. The shoulder season for elk can last as late as Feb. 15, mainly on private land in the area, depending on the district in Montana. Check with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for more information.

Black Bear on Prince of Wales IslandAlaska

This remote island off the southern coast of Alaska has some very large black bear and the abundance of them lets hunters be selective about what they bag. Most hunters use a spot-and-stalk method along the beaches and have a good success rate. Hunt seasons vary depending on whether non-residents use a guide or not, but this is a great destination in early or late winter. The island’s quaint small villages and feeder islands are immersed in the Tongass National Forest. It’s like one big hunting ground. The Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce has a lengthy list of lodges, resorts and information about guides to help you plan ahead and the Hunt.alaska.gov guide has regulations and details.

Deer in Rhode Island

When you think about the great outdoors, the smallest state in the union probably doesn’t come to mind. But Rhode Island has a fierce deer population and manageable areas to hunt that don’t require major hikes. The Arcadia Wildlife Management Area in the southern part of the state offers a rich New England landscape and there are a few small villages, such as Hope Valley, that reflect a picturesque time gone by. Prudence Island, a stones throw off the coast, has a dense deer population on its 5.57 square miles and is restricted to archery hunting only. Inland, Rhode Island has staggered seasons for archery, muzzleloaders and other rifles. It’s a small, dense area with good hunting success rates. Visit the state’s DEM website for more information.


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