Don't spend all spring dreaming of whitetails, waterfowl and pheasants. Hit the road and notch a few tags in some new places.
Spring is a great time to take advantage of hunting opportunities outside your home state. Whether you're looking for archery adventures or to break in the rifle, these spring hunts should top your list.
For some low-pressure fun to kick off your spring hunting trip, start off with a hog hunt in Texas, Florida or Georgia. Outfitters offer incredible rates at thousands less than deer hunting packages, and it's typically open season on these invasive pests, even for non-resident tag holders. Arrow or bullet, these animals are a blast to hunt with your method of choice.
Next, head to the Midwest for an incredible spring gobbler season in Nebraska and Kansas, running from late-March through the end of May. Even on public land, you shouldn't run into too many other turkey hunters and could get a chance at Easterns, Merriam's and Rios in this region.
Whether it's an archery setup with decoys in front of a ground blind or a running and gunning strategy, the gobbles are sure to fire you up on this turkey hunting getaway. Depending on where you're hunting, you can shoot up to two birds in Kansas and three in Nebraska, so you can really get your money's worth on a mini Midwest Turkey Tour.
Finally, check another item off your bucket list with a spring Idaho black bear hunt. The state is home to a large black bear population, offers over-the-counter tags and even allows you to shoot two bears in some units. Check out reputable outfitters like Table Mountain for private land adventures or DIY it through a national forest. Bear hunting over bait and with hounds is legal in most situations in Idaho, so you have plenty of options. The generous season kicks off in April and runs through June in most areas.
What other spots and game animals would you add to a spring hunting road trip? Make an itinerary of your own and see what the emergent season of spring can bring forth when you spend it afield.