7 Luxury Hunting Lodges for Your Next Vacation

From birds to bucks—turn your hunt into a relaxing retreat. 

By Trent Jonas

7 Luxury Hunting Lodges for Your Next Vacation
Photograph Courtesy of Nathan Satran

Spend your days on guided deer hunting excursions and your evenings sipping bourbon with your friends. Luxury hunting lodges across America are situated on prime real estate, where big game is right in your backyard. Not only that, but you can also enjoy amenities like meals prepared by gourmet chefs, comfortable lodging, golfing, fishing, and more. If you want to add a little luxury to your hunting, check out one of these seven incredible hunting lodges for your next vacation.

Primland, Meadows of Dan, VA

Primland is a gorgeous golf resort and spa located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Deluxe accommodations and gourmet dining are the standard, but hunting and sport shooting are front and center. You can hone your hunting skills with archery, air rifle, and sporting clay opportunities. Then, in season, put your skills to work with semi-guided excursions to hunt deer, turkey, pheasant, quail, or chukar. Outside of hunting season, you can enjoy nearby fly-fishing opportunities. Then retire back to the resort and regale your companions with hunting stories over a glass of fine wine or bourbon.

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Deer Haven Acres, Adams, WI

Deer and turkey hunters can pursue their favorite quarry from luxury accommodations and recount their exploits in the hot tub or over a game of billiards at Deer Haven in central Wisconsin. Located about 90 minutes north of Madison, the lodge is situated on a 238-acre whitetail deer and turkey hunting preserve that consists of rolling hills and rock bluffs interspersed with fields and hardwood forests.

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Highland Hills Ranch, Arlington, OR

Upland bird enthusiasts will be in heaven at Highland Hills Ranch in north-central Oregon. The ranch has twice been named “Wingshooting Lodge of the Year” by Orvis. In addition to upland bird and pheasant hunting, Highland Hills also offers the opportunity to bag a trophy mule deer. After a day in the field, return to the spectacularly-appointed, 10,000-square-foot log lodge for a chef-prepared meal and camaraderie with fellow hunters.

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Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, Fort Smith, MT

Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort is located directly on the river of the same name and within the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in southeastern Montana. Guests of the resort will enjoy top-notch, chef-prepared cuisine, commodious lodging, and countless opportunities for upland bird, including pheasant grouse or partridge, or migratory waterfowl hunting. Guests can even take advantage of Forrester’s “Cast and Blast” packages that includes a day of guided fly fishing on the Bighorn, bookended with morning and evening waterfowl hunts.

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Joshua Creek Ranch, Boerne, TX

Joshua Creek Ranch was a recent Orvis-designated “Wingshooting Lodge of the Year.” Even apart from its luxurious accommodations and fine dining, Joshua Creek Ranch is a hunter’s paradise. Hunters can target upland birds, including quail, pheasant, and doves, as well as mallard ducks, wild turkey, and axis or whitetail deer. Between hunts, hone your skills with sporting clays or enjoy on the water fly fishing or kayaking.

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Deer Creek Lodge, Sebree, KY

For more than four decades, hunters have flocked to Deer Creek Lodge in western Kentucky for delicious food, luxury accommodations, and unparalleled hunting experiences. Another Orvis “Wingshooting Lodge of the Year” winner, Deer Creek offers pheasant, quail, duck, and turkey hunting opportunities to its guests. Between hunts, enjoy trophy bass fishing or a round of golf.

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Rockin 7 Ranch, Shawnee, WY

Big game hunters will appreciate all that Rockin 7 Ranch has to offer. Located in eastern Wyoming, the ranch consists of 140,000 private acres of diverse terrain on which its guests may hunt. Hunters are able to target elk, buffalo, whitetail or mule deer, antelope, coyotes, or even prairie dogs. The ranch can even process your meat for you. The lodge, itself, offers guests generous and delicious home-cooked meals and comfortable accommodations with stunning views of the Wyoming landscape.

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