Adventure Outdoors Magazine Summer 2016 - Page 34

If you’re not a Maine resident, you’ll want to do research on the animals within the woods that are protected. For example, if you’re hunting grouse, make sure you’re shooting ruffed grouse and not spruce grouse. The spruce grouse is a protected species. If you can’t tell, then don’t fire your weapon. This is also another good reason why you should enlist the help of a guide. When it comes to hunting big game in Maine, such as moose or bears, you’ll need to obtain a big game hunting license and for both non-residents and residents, these can be quite pricey depending on the particular animal you’re interested in tagging. Check with the wildlife and conservation departments for details on how to conduct a big game hunt in the northern wilderness. The Badlands of Montana and South Dakota He stands on a large butte overlooking the prairie. His chestnut skin and long, dark hair tell us he is a vision, a remnant soul from an early era, a warrior. He is a protector of the plains, and he runs with the bison. He stands with pride, noting the vastness of the land. The sky goes on for miles and the gusts and warm breezes caress the grass and then move into the mane of his pinto that is grazing nearby. Weathered hands hold a weapon, carefully crafted and elegant, yet worn from battle and many hunts. His features are fierce, and his brows narrow as he spots a bighorn. He does not smile with his mouth, but his heart is open and free. A bead of sweat rolls down his sharp nose, and he shrieks to the faded stars, calling his comrades. The creams, oranges, and beiges of the spires and buttes swirl together under his feet, and he makes his way back to his pony. The prairie is wide and the mountains are like tall buildings. He jumps onto the pinto and, gripping the mane, he whispers into its ear. The pony moves faster. His comrades follow. Into the Badlands they ride. Now, unlike in the early days, hunting is regulated differently throughout each state, and bighorns, as well as moose and mountain goats, are sometimes on a 7-year wait period, so you’ll want to plan far in advance for those trophies. If you’re hoping for the ultimate hunting adventure across the Midwest and Western regions, you may want to aim for smaller targets, such as waterfowl or predators and non-game species. But if you absolutely must add an Elk or Antelope skull to your collection, you will need to do some serious research. Obtaining a non-resident Elk permit/General Elk hunting license will cost you between $250-$1,000, depending on which permit you’re applying for. You’ll need to remember to apply in advance for these big-game hunts, as permits are done at random drawing and not everyone can be selected. If your birth year falls after 1985, you’ll need to apply for and take the Hunter’s Safety course. These, along with many other rules, are regulated state by state, so you must check on 2016-2017 regulations if you’re planning a hunt in the near future. Remember that non-residents may need to show proof of prior general hunting and fishing licenses, and may be subject to inspections, etc. 32 Summer 2016 Adventure Outdoors by: Photo ey e Veaz Georg