Top 10 luxury hunting lodges

Posted: 11/30/2012 in Archery, Black Bear, Cooking, Hunting, Hunting Camp, Outfitters, Real Avid, Whitetail Deer
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From Fox News

Luxury has crept into the most unlikely of industries, including that of hunting. In the past, hunting was all about checked shirts, sleeping on the ground and roasting your kill on homemade bonfires. Nowadays, the thirst for bloodshed is as strong as ever, with everyone from rock stars to royalty enjoying a spot of hunting. However, this new breed of hunter demands a little more from their hunting experience, including five-star accommodation, world-class hospitality and Michelin-worthy food.

Here are the top 10 most luxurious hunting lodges on the planet for you to take a well-aimed shot at.

No.10 Rancho Caracol

Brownsville, Texas

Hidden in the undulating foothills overlooking Mexico’s famous Lake Las Alazanas, Rancho Caracol allows guests to live out their very own Mexican fantasies in a luxury beach resort-style hacienda. Set adjacent to the largest white-wing nesting colony in the worlence.

No.9 Dymond Lake Lodge

Manitoba, Canada

Offered by adventure firm Webbers Lodges is Dymond Lake Lodge, hailed as Canada’s most exclusive luxurious hunting lodge. Positioned in the heart of the Central Flyway in Manitoba, the route taken by millions of birds when journeying south, Dymond Lake Lodge is the perfect place for those who like their game covered in feathers. Those who prefer fur won’t be left out either, with thousands of moose, Arctic caribou and other big-game species roaming about the locale for your choosing. The lodge itself is simply spectacular, with stone fireplaces, screened decks, a hot tub, a sauna, a games room, and four luxury rooms to kick back in. Offset by a lake that’s teeming with trout and grayling, this is the ultimate huntsman’s paradise.

No.8 Rainbow Bay Resort

Pedro Bay, Alaska

Both luxurious and rustic, the Rainbow Bay Resort in Alaska has got the balance just right. Located to the south of Anchorage near Lake Iliamna, guests are able to enjoy hunting bear and moose, as well as a spectrum of colored fish that flit about just beneath the water’s surface. Each bedroom is furnished with two queen-size beds and en-suite baths, with exposed log-walls and cedar-covered interiors. The communal rooms are just as cozy, and guests can sink into plush leather couches, prop up the wooden bar in the Great Room or enjoy a family-style meal around the long table in the dining room. After a long day’s hunt, you’re also able to relax on the deck out front and take in the shimmering lake by moonlight. Those who say they come to Alaska solely for the hunting obviously haven’t stayed here before.

Gourmet game: Wild Alaskan salmon on herb mash with chili garlic butter

No.7 The Aloes Camp

South Africa

As part of one of the most exotic continents on the planet, it’s hardly surprising that South Africa is home to some of the most luxurious hunting lodges. Enter The Aloes Camp, offered by IKAMVA Safaris. Animals available for hunt here include black-backed jackal, bushpig, fallow deer, and wildebeest, with the guidance of a professional hunter ensuring that all local rules and regulations are followed. The accommodation is just as varied with a number of haute suites to choose from. Housed in a renovated 1870 farmhouse, the lodge also features a pool, a bar and a restaurant with a meat preparation facility. Enjoy a sundowner beside the crackling fire before you hit the sack for another day’s hunting.

Gourmet game: Fillet of wildebeest marinated in South African spices and served with fresh vegetables

No.6 The Resort at Paws Up

Greenough, Montana

If you like the camping concept, the Resort at Paws Up in Montana is the perfect place to lay your head after a day of hunting elk. While you could stay in the resort’s Big Timber Homes, we recommend checking out Tent City to experience sleeping under the stars in style. A community made entirely from canvas, the resort’s tents are more like luxury hotel rooms than the dwellings you used to make between armchairs as a kid, with fine-thread count linens, artworks on the walls and full electricity. The tents even come with their own en-suite bathrooms, with heated floors and power-showers. When you’ve freshened up after a long day’s prowling head to the Dining Pavilion at Tent City, where you can enjoy sumptuous food with breathtaking views out over Lookout Rock.

Gourmet game: Fresh Rocky Mountain trout sauteed with herbs

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