Plan the adventure of your hunting or fly fishing dreams.  You don’t need to go around the world or even very far to have fun.  From a brown bear hunt on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia to a pheasant hunt on an afternoon in Albemarle County, Virginia, the planning of the dream is similar. 

I find that the hardest part of creating my next dream adventure is figuring out which one I want to do first.  I want to do them all.  After developing the proverbial “bucket list”, I whittle it down to the “reality list” and then at some point it all comes together and the decision has been made.      

On the reality list, a good place to start is with your physical abilities. There’s nothing worse than not being able to keep up with a pack of hounds on a scent or not reaching a trout stream because of the bank’s steep incline.  Assess any limitations seriously so you can enjoy the adventure. 

Compare the amount of time you’re available with the requirements of the adventure.  If that fits, make sure it matches up with when the adventure is available ….trout in early spring, elk rutting in September, and whitetail in November, and so on. 


Create and define your expectations in order to determine the cost and your budget.  Some things to consider: 

  • Are you driving, flying, alone or with a group? 
  • Are you taking a family member – wife, child or grandchild? 
  • Are your family members an active part of the adventure or non-participants? 
  • What level of service do you expect?  
  • Will you use an outfitter or guide?  
  • What services or attractions do they offer or are available in the area? 
  • Do you have all the necessary equipment and gear? 
  • What is your skill level?  
  • How big or exotic will the trophy be?  
  • Are you mounting a speckled trout or a South African Cape Buffalo?    
  • How and where will it be displayed?  
  • How much will it cost?  

To help you along with the decision-making process, I’ve put together tips and guidelines.  Click here to download a FREE checklist.  “Getting There” is half the fun

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