Summer sucks, or at least that’s what it feels like for serious hunters. Memories of last fall start to fade and you can only spend so much time punching paper on the range. Even time spent poring over maps planning this autumn’s adventures gets monotonous.
Sometimes a guy just needs to get out there and kill something, or at least try to keep that atavistic nature in tune.
Lucky for you, we’ve found a few places across the U.S. where openers come early or seasons never end at all. Most of these aren’t pushover hunts for baited exotics either, but real tests of woodsmanship where the outcome is far from certain.
From mountain hiking for horned animals to moonlight missions stalking hogs, this is high adventure. We’ve also got tests of long-range accuracy that can leave even the most deliberate of shooters with an empty brick of ammo and a burning barrel.
The hottest months of the year don’t have to be an excuse to let your skills cool down. Instead, pick a region, pack your guns and gear, and go hunting. These are our picks for the best places to hunt this summer.
- California Archery Deer The earliest deer season in the U.S. goes to California, where the second Saturday in July traditionally marks the opener for archery hunters holding a Zone A tag. Though it’s broken up into a north and south unit, Zone A is huge, taking up all of Cali’s Central Coast. That’s a lot of territory for blacktails to be found in, but that also means plenty of public land. Look at Mendocino and Los Padres National Forests, Jackson State Forest and Cache Creek Wilderness. Season: July 14 – August 3
Limit: One Buck