7 Great Luxury Hunting and Fishing Resorts

Unforgettable sport destinations from hunting in the American West or the English countryside to fishing on New Zealand rivers or the Pacific Ocean.

Stapleford Park, England

Stapleford Park, England

Bird Hunting in the English Countryside

Feel like royalty, or at least like the landed gentry, with a stay at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel & Sporting Estate in Leicestershire, England. Its 500 acres of landscaped grounds offer seasonal hunting for various game plus other year-round “country pursuits” like falconry, archery, and clay pigeon shooting. Alternative outdoor activities include tennis, golf, horseback riding and, of course, croquet. Accommodations range from two private cottages, perfect for families or large groups, to luxurious and impeccably designed suites and rooms.

Pacific Northwest salmon fishing

Anglers and outdoor enthusiasts will love Painter’s Lodge, a resort on the banks of Discovery Passage in Vancouver, British Columbia. Situated along the shores of the Campbell River, the expansive property, which opened in 1929, boasts some of the best salmon fishing in the world. Enjoy a guided fishing charter, whether you’re a beginner or experienced angler. The resort also offers tours to view the local wildlife, including orca whales and grizzly bears. After your outdoor adventures, indulge in a hearty meal at one of the property’s restaurants or pubs, which specialize in fresh produce and seafood. The spacious resort rooms offer views of the ocean, garden, or surrounding woods.

Deer hunting and fly-fishing in the American West

Turn childhood cowboy fantasies into reality at Three Forks Ranch, a 200,000-acre working cattle ranch set in the Sierra Madres that sprawls across both Wyoming and Colorado. Guests can hunt across 50,000 private acres for bugling elk (September and October only), mule deer, or pronghorn; fly fish for rainbow and Colorado cutthroat trout along the Little Snake River; or saddle up for a cattle drive. You could even learn how to prepare what you catch in a cooking lesson. The four suites and 11 rooms each have private walk-out patios.

Sport fishing in Central America

Located on Isla Cavada, one of 16 volcanic islands that sit 25 miles south of Panama, Islas Secas Resort offers inshore, offshore, and fly fishing in the cobalt waters of the Pacific. Available species include marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, snapper, grouper, mackerel, bonefish, and tarpon. Should you catch your fill, turn your attention to scuba diving, whale watching, surfing, or sailing. After a day spent on the water, relax with a massage at the spa or enjoy a meal at the resort’s open-air terraza, where menu items include fresh chicken and fish dishes. Seven casitas (little houses) limit the number of guests to 14, ensuring your vacation will be private as well as scenic.

Moose and elk hunting in Sweden

Take “getting away from it all” to the extreme at Klocka Fjällgård in Jämtland County, Sweden. Nestled among ancient forests, snow-capped peaks, and glacial lakes, this remote getaway consists of a farmhouse and two cottages designed to reflect the serene environment. It’s the perfect setting for hunting moose and elk (fall only) as well as small game such as hare, birds, and grouse (August through February). Fishing aficionados can angle for arctic char, trout, and salmon. Consider capping the day with a reindeer-sled ride, a snowmobile safari, or a quiet evening watching the aurora borealis. The restaurant serves a variety of regional cuisine with trout, elk, reindeer, and even brown bear.

Hunting and fishing down under

Are you an adrenaline junkie as well as an outdoorsman or woman? If so, Huka Lodge in Taupo, New Zealand, is for you. In addition to fly-fishing for rainbow and brown trout on the Tongariro River, the resort offers boat fishing on 616-square-kilometers Lake Taupo. Hunt turkeys any time, but know that shooting for pheasant, duck, and quail is seasonal. For more New Zealand flavor, try hunting wild boars and goats, or deer species including red, sika, fallow and sambar. Seeking more excitement? Huka Lodge can arrange parasailing, skydiving, whitewater rafting and bungee jumping. Or try to spot one of the frequent celebrity guests among the 25 suites and cottages.

Bird hunting and fly fishing out east

With a wide range of outdoor and animal-related activities, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania, provides a family-friendly experience to introduce youth to hunting. The Nemacolin Field Club covers 140 wooded acres and includes guided turkey and bird hunts. Other adventures include fly-fishing lessons and trips (catch-and-release only), and The Shooting Academy, which teaches clay shooting and air-rifle usage. Located on 2,000 acres, the resort offers accommodations including boutique hotels, private homes, and an RV park.

Kimberly Sweet is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago. Photography courtesy of Stapleford Park, Painter's Lodge, Three Forks Ranch, Isla Secas Resort, Thinkstock, Huka Lodge and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

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