While mothers everywhere often fret over letting their children march off into the wilderness with their husbands or worry they’ll shoot an eye out with a Red Ryder BB gun, let’s face it: It’s that flirtation with the wild and untamed, that hint of danger denied, that appeals to our most basic instincts and supports the foundation of our passion for hunting and the outdoors. Few literally court higher levels of danger in our pursuits. Many of us are perfectly content to sit out an afternoon in a sturdy ladder stand waiting on a whitetail or crouch in the shade of a live oak awaiting the chance to take a poke at some tasty, yet harmless, doves as they dart over an open field — but not all of us.
Following are 10 of the wildest, most extreme hunts on the planet. Do one and you deserve the admiration of more sedentary sportsmen. Do two or three and we should all be impressed. Do them all and you get the honor of being a certifiable badass — even if you bankrolled the effort with the trust fund left by daddy.
- Few animals inspire pure bone-chilling fear like a grizzly bear. Like a land-borne great white shark, a griz is designed for one thing: destroying and consuming lesser creatures, which is pretty much everything it encounters. To stalk within bow distance and accurately launch an arrow, even with a guide by your side armed like the biker in Raising Arizona, takes stones. All this convinces me, if somehow I am ever able to pull together the scratch for such a hunt, I’ll be going in armed like I’m about to take down a safe house holding Ayman al-Zawahiri; screw a bow.