Hunting and fishing destinations for discerning sportsmen

Hunting and fishing destinations for discerning sportsmen

KANSAS PHEASANTS AND CLAYS

Quietly nestled in the Flint Hills of Kansas, Flint Oak offers hunters and shooters a truly five-star experience.

Facilities at Flint Oak are strictly first-rate, so whether you’ve come to sharpen your skills on the sporting clays course, hunt or just enjoy the amenities of the lodge, you’re going to be happy.

The menu is wide and varied, the service is friendly and the emphasis is on the fun. A knowledgeable staff of professionals with well-trained bird dogs can take you on fully guided field hunts for pheasants, quail, and chukar.

Flint Oak offers some of the best clay shooting in the country, with an internationally renowned clays course. Skeet-shooting, trapshooting, 5-stand, and instruction are also available.

AVAILABLE SPECIES: Pheasants, quail and chukar.

BEST MONTHS: Open year-round for members. From April through September, Flint Oak is open to the public for shooting sports, corporate retreats and more.

ACCESS: Wichita Mid-Continent airport is 75 miles away; several smaller airstrips are closer.

COST: Call for membership fees.

OTHER AMENITIES: Complete facilities for corporate retreats. Lodges are able to accommodate up to 140 people. Pro shop, swimming pool, equestrian club, fishing and more.

GIANT PIKE IN THE BUSH

Located in the center of Saskatchewan’s black spruce forest, Milton Lake Lodge provides first-class accommodations, meals and fishing deep in the Canadian bush.

Accepting only 16 anglers at a time, the lodge has a staff of 23 to cater to each visitor’s needs. The cuisine, which is spectacular, includes shore lunches of honey-glazed pike and beer-battered fish, all prepared over an open fire.

People come to Milton Lake not just to eat the fish but to catch them–formidable lake trout and northern pike in nearly untouched waters. In addition to being loaded with pike between 35 and 44 inches and lake trout between 5 and 10 pounds, Milton has some true trophy-class giants swimming in its waters.

AVAILABLE SPECIES: Northern pike, lake trout, and Arctic grayling.

BEST MONTHS: The lodge is open from June through September.

ACCESS: From Saskatoon Airport, guests are greeted and shuttled to Milton Lake.

COST: $3,595 for four full days of fishing; $5,495 for eight days.

OTHER AMENITIES: Private rooms, facilities for corporate retreats, satellite TV, phone, and Internet service.

NEW MEXICO’S MASSIVE ELK

New Mexico offers trophy elk hunting, and Elite Outfitters has been among the state’s most professional guide services for almost a decade. Owners Brian Newell and Johnny Hughes pride themselves on putting together quality hunts.

While many of the public-land hunts are on a draw basis, Elite does offer private-land hunts. Regardless of which type you choose, the elk hunting is excellent, with a realistic chance at a trophy-class bull.

Hunters are housed in a comfortable lodge (built just a year ago), with private baths and satellite TV. All meals are home-cooked and excellent.

AVAILABLE SPECIES: Elk, whitetail and mule deer, aoudads and antelope.

BEST MONTHS: Archery hunts start in early September, followed by muzzleloader and then rifle seasons. You must apply for draw hunts by the first week in April; contact the outfitter early for complete details.

ACCESS: About a two-hour ride from the El Paso, Tex., or Albuquerque, N.M., airports.

COST: Call for the latest quote.

OTHER AMENITIES: Trail rides and elk-hunting school.

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