The Best Places to Hunt This Summer

The Best Places to Hunt This Summer

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.


Recommended for You

These are the must-apply units for trophy elk, mule deer, and antelope in the West. North America

The Best Units for Hunting Elk, Mule Deer & Antelope

Chuck Smock

These are the must-apply units for trophy elk, mule deer, and antelope in the West.

Use these steps to accurately estimate a bruin's size. North America Big Game

How to Field Judge Bears

Jospeh Von Benedikt

Use these steps to accurately estimate a bruin's size.

Our picks for stuffable protection against any weather. Clothing

Field Tested: Lightweight Raingear

David Draper - May 30, 2019

Our picks for stuffable protection against any weather.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 7: Beginner's Luck

Host Kali Parmley takes first-time hunter Danae Hale of CZ-USA to Wyoming for a mule deer hunt. After covering all the basics with Danae, the girls head into the field and what happens next goes way beyond either of their expectations!

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 14: Swamp Bulls

With his Mozambique forest bull in the salt, Craig Boddington sets his sights on the Marromeu grasslands in pursuit of a swamp buffalo.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 16: Cedar Break Bucks

Kevin Steele treks to the cedar breaks and coulees of north-central Nebraska for a shot at a big prairie whitetail.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Which are the best states to hunt for black bears? I have compiled a list of several great black North America

Best States To Hunt For Black Bears

Joseph von Benedikt

Which are the best states to hunt for black bears? I have compiled a list of several great...

We evaluate the 6.5 in a real-life case study. Ammo

Is The 6.5 The Perfect Hunting Caliber?

Mike Schoby

We evaluate the 6.5 in a real-life case study.

Looking for a great gun for the young hunter in your family? Here are eight favorites. Guns

8 Great Youth Guns Designed for Growing Hunters

Brad Fitzpatrick - July 18, 2016

Looking for a great gun for the young hunter in your family? Here are eight favorites.

See More Stories

More Worldwide

I don't know where your journey began. Not exactly, anyway. It could have been while you were still Worldwide

Africa: Why Would Anyone Hunt There?

Dwight Van Brunt - May 17, 2016

I don't know where your journey began. Not exactly, anyway. It could have been while you were...

Craig Boddington highlights the hunting scene in Pakistan. Worldwide

Pakistan Hunting Opportunities

PHTV Adventures - May 16, 2015

Craig Boddington highlights the hunting scene in Pakistan.

All hunts are good, but some are better than others. Some are just more rewarding in overall Worldwide

International Hunts to Plan Before You Die (Or Get Really Old)

Craig Boddington - March 12, 2013

All hunts are good, but some are better than others. Some are just more rewarding in overall

See More Worldwide

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×