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If sitting on the beach and having an adult beverage in tropical paradise is too boring for you, then we’ve got an alternate adventure for your next trip to Hawaii. Parker Ranch on the Big Island welcomes one and all for a unique hunting opportunity. Just in case your true travel dream is to kill something in all 50 states. No ducks here, they are all about the big game hunting.
Year round hunters are able to chase after wild pig, wild goat, and wild cattle. Organizers claim they maintain a 98 percent success rate on these types of hunts, so if this is your thing you should be good to go. For those who prefer feathered friends, turkey and pheasant hunts are open during different times of the year. Gobblers are only available in the spring, so bringing a fresh one home for Thanksgiving isn’t an option.
Safari lovers take note: the Northern Territory in Australia might be your next big destination. The local government has approved a proposal to allow safari hunters to kill some of the biggest salt-water crocs around Darwin.
The growing population of crocs have made a huge mistake by snacking more often on people, so there's not too much opposition to the plan. Plus the revenue raised by the safari fees is meant to benefit local Aboriginal groups, so it's got some feel-good value too.
But don't book your trip just yet. First, the plan is open for comment and must then be approved at a national level too. Second, the suggestion is for just 25 crocs to be killed on safari over the next five years. That's not a low of beady eyes to go round.
Not content to be known for terrifying and lovable bears, Germany is now in the midst of a boar-induced panic. The two-tusked pigs are running wild through Berlin, where they've lately gone from occasional oddity to backyard menace, with as many as 7,000 now roaming the city.
Berlin has appointed some Stadtjäger, or "urban hunters," to control the boar population, says The Wall Street Journal, but locals who've taken to the city's newest mascot don't appreciate them shooting down animals in the streets:
Part of Berlin's human population is siding with the boars against those who shoot them. Urban hunters have been beaten with sticks, called "murderers" and had their tires slashed. [One] had to call for police protection when a crowd of young partygoers, enraged after he shot a boar that had been wounded by a car, threatened to beat him up.
Some locals are even feeding the animals, thus luring even more into the city, where they're more difficult to hunt than they would be in the countryside around Berlin. Even with some success, says one urban hunter who figures at least 500 animals have been culled so far this year, the boars may never be eradicated:
There is no way that hunting can get rid of them all. Ultimately we must learn to share the city with the swine.
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Vice President Dick Cheney took another one of his hunting trips Monday, though not a lot of news came of it. (Of course, no news is good news when the story involves the Veep and shotguns.) He stopped in at the Clove Valley Rod and Gun Club in Dutchess County, about 75 miles north of New York City, and didn't even stop to tell reporters whether he bagged a bird or not.
While you need to have friends in high places to hunt at Clove Valley (annual dues: $100,000), the county has some other hunting grounds available to commoners. TMT Hunting Preserve has 100 acres of private land, knowledgeable guides and trained hunting dogs. You can search out pheasant, chukar and mallard for a couple hundred bucks a day, which is about the same cost as a deep sea fishing trip. All sorts of deals are available, and since they supply pretty much everything, you don't have to worry about traveling with a ton of gear.
Not into shooting live birds? TMT also has sporting clays, as does the nearby Orvis Retail Store. At Orvis, 100 clays sell for $75 (to non-members) and you'll need to reserve a slot in advance. The store has ammo, gun rentals and ear and eye protection, too, making it easy to drop in for a day.
If you don't like guns at all, there's also lots of nice hiking in Dutchess County, including a section of the Appalachian Trail.