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Dream Trips

29 Apr 2016
@ 05:34 pm (GMT)

Joshua Mayfield

Good Morning Everyone,
I wanted to ask an outdoorsman's twist on the old "If you won the lottery" question. If time and money were not issues, what are your dream trips? I've broken mine down into categories below. Answer however the heck you want. I'm just curious this morning to see what others would like to experience.

Hunting:
5. A guided rifle hunt in NZ (I swear I'm not just kissing up - if I were this
would be #1)
4. A rifle hunt for Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep or Mountain Goats
3. A self-guided moose hunt in Maine
2. A guided moose hunt in Alaska
1. A self-guided elk archery hunt in the Rockies
*Yes, I realize I am ignoring Africa. I'd love to go but I just can't displace
any of the above for it.

Fishing:
5. Saltwater flats fishing in the Indian Ocean
4. Fly fishing for trout in NZ
3. Fly fishing the Kamchatka Peninsula
2. Wilderness fishing for whatever bites in Suriname/Guyana
1. Combination fly fishing and saltwater fishing trip to Chilean Patagonia

Places to Experience:
5. Backpack the Grand Canyon
4. Serengeti safari - photo or hunting
3. See the Himalayas
2. Travel the upper Amazon
1. Find Bigfoot - BAHAHAHA

Replies

29 Apr 2016
@ 09:30 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Dream Trips
There is a species of golden buffalo that climbs trees in China called the Takin. I would like to hunt these but at the same time I don't because I think these are somewhat rare. I would love to obtain some breeding animals.

Would like to visit the megaliths of the world.

Would like to spend another few weeks on the beach in Naxos, Greece.

Steph likes really cold barren areas such as the Outer Hebrides, New Foundland, areas of Alaska etc. She likes the weather, storms and such. I don't like such places as the women wear too much clothing.



29 Apr 2016
@ 09:33 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Dream Trips
...Finding bigfoot would be pretty cool. But then after seeing what Ken Tustin has been through trying to find Moose in NZ, not an easy path to choose.
29 Apr 2016
@ 11:03 pm (GMT)

Cor Nepgen

Re: Dream Trips
I think my all time dream hunt would be either grass lands of Namibia or Northern Cape South Africa (similar veld/bush type) not guided and just left on my own to camp and appreciate the raw beauty of the place.

Camp for a while and learn the area and hunt for Eland, Kudu or Oryx. I think best tasting of these are between Kudu and Oryx so the would be preference. Sadly very few places exist that would allow this as its all private land and more geared for assisted hunting.

But hey, somewhere along the line I will make a plan to meet a friendly farmer and convince him its a good idea!

I'd also love to hunt or hike through different areas as I hear descriptions of members of the forum describing their experiences and hunting places. But first prize stays South Africa for me, just mad about the diversity and beauty of the place.

Cheers for a great thread!
30 Apr 2016
@ 12:04 am (GMT)

Sebastian Shand

Re: Dream Trips
I spent time in Alaska when I was 14 and ever since I've wanted to go back and hunt everything it has to offer. Also Mongolia would be a cool place to go walk about with a rifle.

Africa is definitely right up there of places to go.
But in all honesty I want to start right here in my back yard and hunt all the different species Nz has to offer before going any where else.

If I tripped over a Bigfoot while out hunting I'm sorry to say but I'd be a giant dickhead and shoot it, because yolo. (Sorry been around to many teenagers lately)
I've often pondered on the thought of what moa tastes like and how much fun they would be to hunt, I just don't think ostrich hunting would have the same thrill
30 Apr 2016
@ 12:25 am (GMT)

Ben Law

Re: Dream Trips
If i won lotto i'd spend less time doing the things i have to do and more time doing the things i want to do!
Roaming the vic high country and hunting the sambar, buy a boat and take my little fella fishing would be at the top of my list.
30 Apr 2016
@ 09:26 am (GMT)

Cor Nepgen

Re: Dream Trips
Shooting bigfoot would be quite a thing hahaha. A couple of my friends have hunted Ostrich and I tend to agree with you that its not a life goal. At least not the way they do it.. They just drive after it and shoot with shotgun. As the ostrich runs, the head stays still and level so its not all that exciting but good meat!


I am planning a trip with friends to shoot an Oryx and Springbuck end of July. Up in the Northern part of the country so beautiful open country with amazing scenery. Really looking forward to it since its still done right camping in the veld while hunting as opposed to staying in a lodge or 5 star accommodation as is becoming the norm. Also makes it very affordable since the whole trip including 1600km travel should be under 430 USD and includes around 150kg meat.


Cheers
30 Apr 2016
@ 01:44 pm (GMT)

Bryan Webster

Re: Dream Trips
Hunting:
5. A guided rifle hunt in NZ:
Been there and did that plus lots of hunting there on my own. Would love to move there permanently but the wife has to be near the grandkids.

4. MANY rifle hunts for Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, California bighonr sheep, Mountain Goats, Stome's sheep and all sheep, elk, moose, grizzly, mule and whitetailed deer.

3. A self-guided moose hunt in Maine
After hunting them in BC for 50 years = not so much

2. A guided moose hunt in Alaska
Done that, good enough.

1. A self-guided elk archery hunt in the Rockies
No interest in bows and arrow thing.

Fishing:
4. Fly fishing for trout in NZ
Been there and was loads of fun

3. Fly fishing the Kamchatka Peninsula
Not there, but fly fished most of our coastal waters here in BC for many years.

Places to Experience:
5. Backpack the Grand Canyon
Did a mule packtrain trip with the wife years ago there. Would rather have hiked

4. Serengeti safari - photo or hunting
For many years I wanted to go there, but not so much now. Many friends have been and enjoyed it, but the hunting part of it was not as interesting as it was here in BC they said, although all the different animals were fun.

3. See the Himalayas
No not really. Spent my working life in big mountains here in BC and love them. Good enough for me.

2. Travel the upper Amazon
One of the main reasons I liked NZ so much was there was little worry about things that bite. Less so with the Amazon and many other famous tropical destinations. I am not one who likes five star hotels and fancy lodges or a host of guides needed to take care of you in places like that, etc. but would rather be out and about. Too many friends have returned from trips where they have had health issues from little nasties that ruined trips. Maybe they were dumb about it, but I would rather paddle the northern Canadian Copper and Pele Rivers that do the Amazon.

1. Find Bigfoot
Never have been a believer!
30 Apr 2016
@ 08:22 pm (GMT)

Chris Murphy

Re: Dream Trips
I would love to free dive with great whites without a cage and spear a big southern blue fin tuna. As for hunting I want to hunt the African plains. Also hunt Fiordland.
30 Apr 2016
@ 09:07 pm (GMT)

Joshua Mayfield

Re: Dream Trips
Cap, you paint Africa most favorably. It does sound wonderful.
Sebastian, if I were re-doing my list a combo trip to Mongolia for taimen and argali might sneak in there.
Nathan, I commend your wife on her taste in climates.
Brian, sounds like you have enjoyed a blessed life in many ways.
Ben, tip of the cap to another dad who looks to spend time with a boy in the outdoors.
Chris, have fun with the sharks. Not for me. Fiordland, yes.
30 Apr 2016
@ 09:07 pm (GMT)

Joshua Mayfield

Re: Dream Trips
Cap, you paint Africa most favorably. It does sound wonderful.
Sebastian, if I were re-doing my list a combo trip to Mongolia for taimen and argali might sneak in there.
Nathan, I commend your wife on her taste in climates.
Brian, sounds like you have enjoyed a blessed life in many ways.
Ben, tip of the cap to another dad who looks to spend time with a boy in the outdoors.
Chris, have fun with the sharks. Not for me. Fiordland, yes.
01 May 2016
@ 01:25 pm (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: Dream Trips
Somewhere in the world, hunting season is open.

This is what I used to say when people asked me where I hunt. Today, I have too many phobias about air travel. If I can drive there, I would go.

One place in the world? Not even close to a difficult choice:

Machu Picchu

18 May 2016
@ 07:52 am (GMT)

Thomas Kitchen

Re: Dream Trips
years ago when i was a member of deer stalkers a Finnish guy came and done a talk.
since then i have always wanted to go to Finland to hunt.

hunting
1 moose and bear hunting Finland
2 hunting in british columbia
3 hunting boars in south america somewhere
4 you got to throw hunting in africa in the list
5 hunting Rusa deer in new caledonia

i still need to tick off all the species available in nz first thou

places to go
im interested in old architecture and feats of engineering so a trip through Europe would be a shoe in.
maybe even have a look at the 3 gorges Dam in china.

viewing a few of the state arsenal factories.
springfield, enfield, tula etc. not sure if that's even possible

shotshow

big sandy shoot (have a look on youtube)

the henry ford museum looks worth a visit.




01 Oct 2016
@ 01:13 am (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: Dream Trips
I'd love to go to Kakadu NP in the Northern Territory of Australia.

I'd love to do some inland game fishing for cod and other large species, in Australia.

I would ove to travel through South America from North to South. Fishing, eating, mixing with locals.

I'd love to go fly fishing in the Alpine regions, go to the warm pacific and fish the reefs.

I'd love to travel the mountain areas of Europe and hunt for wild boar there, pick wild mushrooms and live in a traditional way for year. Base jumping on weekends.

Man, I'd love to travel to Tasmania and experience the wilderness and crispness of the mountains and the cold.

I'd love to stalk a Whitetail deer in the rural areas of America.

So many good ideas on here I'd love to do most of them as well.
 

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