For truly passionate hunters, booking an international hunting trip has to be at the top of their bucket list – it’s such an exciting adventure and the chance to do something different and yet still enjoy a hobby that they love. What could be better?
Despite the excitement and anticipation, there is a lot to consider and prepare before you go, and this post should help you to organize yourself and be ready for when your departure date comes. The last thing you’ll want is to arrive at your destination and not be able to enjoy it because you’re not fully prepared.
Research Your Destination
Simply picking a place to travel to because you like the idea of going there or the animals you can hunt are interesting may not be enough, although it’s a good way to start when making your choice.
Once you have a shortlist, it’s best if you take some time to really carry out some thorough research into each place so that you know exactly what you are getting into.
Remember, the places where the most extreme hunting is going to be are also the places that are most inhospitable and difficult to be in for any number of reasons. You might want to pick something easier for your first trip away and build up to the most challenging destinations, for example.
Find A Good Tour Operator
It isn’t recommended that you go it alone when booking an international hunting vacation, although it is entirely possible to book flights, hotels or lodges, and arrange to hire equipment once you are there.
The best option is to go through a reputable tour operator. That way, you know that everything is booked correctly and that you will be getting the best vacation possible. You should find an agency that is able not only to book transport and accommodation, but that can also book permits and trips or even guides where necessary. Having a guide is a good idea, especially in countries where there are protected species – they’ll be able to tell you for sure what you can hunt and what you need to leave alone.
Hunting abroad is not going to be like hunting at home in many cases. You might be traveling somewhere that has extremely cold temperatures, for example, in which case you will need to pack the best cold weather hunting clothes, or you might be heading somewhere extremely hot, in which case you’ll need lighter clothing that will still protect you from the sun.
Your research will help you here as you will have a good idea of what the temperatures are going to be like as well as the terrain and the local life too. However, it’s always a good idea to ask for advice from your tour operator and from those who have already visited your destination to get the real information you will need.
Travel insurance is crucial for every trip, not just a hunting one, but of course there is more chance of an accident when hunting than when vacationing on a beach – animal attacks and accidental misfires, for example. Therefore, you simply cannot head off on a hunting trip without the right level of insurance.