Hello from across the pond

Acrossthepond

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Hi all,
I’m a keen hunter from the UK. 37yrs old. I hunt with shotgun and rifles, mostly for fox, rabbit, pheasant, woodcock, ducks, geese and six species of deer. Practically all hunting here is done on private land, so I privately lease some excellent hunting on farmland here.

I’m hoping to learn a bit more about hunting in the USA and look forward to the possibility of visiting some day to hunt/fish. I’m particularly interested in black bear and whitetail deer.

I have hosted several foreign hunters, mostly for Roe deer, as they are most abundant in my area and my guests have taken some good trophy bucks. We use tree stands sometimes but mostly hunt on foot. There are no bag limits or tags and the hunting seasons are very long here. You can hunt deer of some kind on every day of the year.

Ideally, I’d like to contact someone who would be interested in doing something like a 6-day guided hunt over here in the UK, with no real costs involved other than airfares, in exchange for helping me out with a public land bear/deer hunt of some kind.
I can arrange my own licenses and tags etc.
It’s the organising of transport, accommodation and having that local knowledge that is difficult.
I’m open to offers so don’t be shy folks!
Cheers
 
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longbow

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Welcome to the site across the pond. We have some big bears here in NJ and quite a few deer. A lot of public land to hunt. I'd be happy to give you some info. Don't know if I could make it out there though.
 

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Thanks chaps.
Longbow, thanks for the offer of help with hunting info, that’s very kind of you. I may take you up on that one day, but I would really like to find a hunter who wants to come over here to hunt first and then if he/she enjoys the experience, I would like to do some kind of hunt in North East USA. Perhaps for Black Bear. I would expect that it is difficult with bear hunting in particular, to just turn up with a rifle for one week and expect to be successful. I understand that there can be a lot of preparation involved with scouting/baiting/hanging tree stands etc before you hunt, to stack the odds in your favour, so that’s why I think I need a buddy over there to help out!

I think you may be surprised at how straightforward it can be to hunt here in the UK though. The airfare is the worst part of it. I think NY/Boston to London return flights can be bought for about $600. Flights take about 6 or 7hours. Other than that there’s nothing very costly. Food isn’t terribly expensive here and I provide the transport for guests to and from hunting areas, there are no tags to purchase or licence fees and I don’t charge anything for the hunting or trophy fees or anything at all. I used to let guests stay at a holiday home I had access to, but next year I intend to build a cabin in my garden for guests to use instead.

I think if you had a passport, a week off work and $1000, that would probably cover it if needs be.

Experienced hunters would, on average, take 3 Roe bucks in 5 days of hunting here, with perhaps a day of wing shooting/small game hunting or a night of shooting rabbit and fox.
 

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I have some questions:
Do we rent a car to get to your place from the airport?
Whose guns do we use? Can we bring our own or is it a problem?
We are paying you for meals ($400) or eating somewhere else?
How do we bring the antlers back? No problems with customs?

Thank You.
 

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Every guest is different and some people like to rent a car and then do a bit of sightseeing before/after the hunting is finished, and in this case, they would probably drive here from the airport. I live in the SouthWest of the U.K. and this is a popular holiday destination for many people, partly due to the interesting history here, so there’s lots to see. Popular places for American visitors include Tintagel Castle, the “birthplace of King Arthur” , “Mayflower Steps”, in Plymouth, where the pilgrim fathers set off from, and numerous other castles and ruins. “Stonehenge” is just off the road between here and London Heathrow airport, which is about a 4hr drive from me or there are connecting flights to my area. There are bus and train services also available, or I could drive up there in my truck and pick you up.

It is much, much easier for everyone if guests use one of my guns here, as importing firearms means more paperwork and potentially some hold ups/complications at the airport.

When it comes to food, again everyone is different, so guests are either welcome to have meals with me and my family, for free, but would probably have to have whatever we happen to be having, or some people like to eat out in pubs and restaurants or buy the ingredients and make up meals for themselves, which they pay for.

I don’t know much about the international transport of trophies but one guest from New Zealand boiled out a load of Roe heads and stuffed them all in his suitcase and got them home no problem. I did the same with a goat skull and horns from Spain, so I can’t imagine it’s difficult between U.K. and USA.

There is quite a culture of swapping hunts in the UK and Europe and I have met some great people and had a lot of fun doing this.
 

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Across the Pond,

Sounds like an excellent offer. I’d be interested, but I’m not sure I could offer you a hunt that you’d be interested in. I live in SE Massachusetts. We have decent whitetail deer hunting and excellent wild turkey hunting. Unfortunately we do not have bear in my area. For deer hunting the best time is during the rut which peaks during the first two weeks of November. In Massachusetts this coincides with our archery season. If you were to hunt hard for a week you would likely have several sightings and a good chance at a shot opportunity. Wild turkey hunting in my area is excellent. The limit is two male birds in the spring season, which runs from the end of April to the 3rd week of May. This is very interactive hunting, where you call birds in to you. I’m confident that if we hunted hard we would have no problem filling both tags with mature Tom’s. This is very exciting hunting.

If your heart is set on bear, I’d focus on the state of Maine. This state has the highest density of bear in New England and has a lot of outfitters who offer very reasonable hunts. Most bear hunting occurs over baited stands. These takes weeks of previous baiting and also a permit for the sight. You might be best booking an outfitter or finding an outfitter who is interested in trading a hunt.
If your interested let me know. We can exchange emails and exchange more details.

Cheers, Meatseeker
 

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Hi Meatseeker,
Thanks for your message. I have looked at going the route of booking with a guide in Maine for bear, but I have found in the past that when money is involved it does bring a bit of a different atmosphere to the experience.
I don’t want to sound negative about hunting guides as I’m sure that for the most part they work really hard and give a great service to their clients, but personally I just really enjoy hunting with friends. It’s also a lot easier to explain to the wife that I’m going somewhere to hunt for free with friends than blowing $2500 on a hunt :ROFLMAO:
Turkey hunting sounds like great fun so I’d definitely be interested in discussing it further with you. Does the turkey season happen to coincide with a good time to fish for Striped Bass at all?
That could make for an awesome combo indeed.
I’ll send you a message with me email address and we can talk about the possibilities.
Cheers
 
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