Saying the area known as the Midwest is huge is an understatement. It’s usually considered to encompass twelve states, which is actually an entire 25% of the continental United States. Considering all of that land, you have to assume there’s a massive variety of landscape, and with that, plenty of variety of game for hunting.
If you can only visit one state in the Midwest, it would be hard to choose. And, if you can only visit one hunting ranch in that state, it might be an even harder choice. That’s because there’s just so much to do, see, and hunt, in this beautiful region of the U.S.A.
This was not an easy task. There really are a lot of wonderful places to spend a day, a weekend, a week, or even more across this large portion of America. But, we did our best to pick what we feel are some hunting ranches you just do not want to miss out on if you have the chance to visit.
So, here are ten of our top choices you should consider checking out if you’re planning are a hunting trip in one of these twelve states:
Let’s take a look at the best these states have to offer.
Scenic View Ranch is located on 300 acres of fenced private land in Northeast Iowa in Monona. The lodge is cozy with plenty of sleeping space, and there is a kitchen with everything you need to prepare the game from your hunt, or use the grill outside if that’s your preference.
So what can you hunt at Scenic View? Plenty of big game.
From hogs, rams, elk, white tail deer, American buffalo, and exotics, you’re sure to find something of interest. And, since this is a private operation, you don’t need a license.
Scenic View Ranch
409 Old Sixteen Rd
Monona, IA 52159
Cooks Bison Ranch is a must see spot if you’re anywhere near the Wolcottville, IN area in the northeast of the state. The ranch is 83 acres of prime hunting land. But, don’t let the name fool you. While bison are aplenty, there’s also deer and turkey.
Unlike many other hunting spots we usually feature, there’s no lodge. Don’t fret though, as your hunting fee includes the cost of a nearby hotel.
Cooks Bison Ranch
5645 East 600 South
Wolcottville, IN 46795
Ringneck Ranch is located in north central Kansas in Tipton. It offers a truly huge hunting area of over 10,000 acres of land!
What makes Ringneck interesting is that it specializes in bird hunts. From pheasant and dove, to prairie chicken and turkey, if you are in to hunting birds, Ringneck is a dream come true.
Ringneck Ranch, Inc.
655 Solomon Lane
Tipton, KS 67485
Trophy Ranch, Inc. is a private hunting area in Michigan which means you don’t need any special hunting licenses. There are several types of hunts available:
After your successful hunt, you can have the meat processed in-house and either prepare your own meals, or visit one of the many quality restaurants near the lodge.
Trophy Ranch, Inc.
4076 Spencer Rd.
Ubly, MI 48475
Don’t let the name of this great hunting ranch fool you. While they certainly have some fine whitetail deer hunts, they also have elk and exotics available too. Aside from some of the best deer and elk hunting there is in Missouri, you’ll love the accommodation.
Oak Creek Whitetail Ranch offers a 9,000 square foot lodge that can accommodate up to 20 people. So, whether you’re looking for a great spot for family and friends, or you want to set up a corporate outing, they have you covered.
Oak Creek Whitetail Ranch
Oak Creek Lane
Bland, MO 65014
The Double R Guest Ranch in Mullen, NE is run by Jim and Pat Bridges. They have created much more than just a hunting ranch though.
At the Double R, you can deer hunt, fish, partake in ranch activities, hike, bird watch, canoe & kayak, and more. As far as the deer hunting goes, they have some of the best whitetail and mule deer hunts you’ll find in the area. This is one ranch you won’t want to pass by.
Double R Guest Ranch
86091 Double R Drive
Mullen, NE 69152
Rolling Plains offers of the premier pheasant and duck hunting in North Dakota. With over 17,000 acres of hunting land, there’s plenty of game to be had.
However, if you prefer game with four legs, they have deer and coyote hunts as well. And, there’s some very large Walleye for those who want to spend a little of their time fishing.
Rolling Plains Adventures
24401 62nd Ave SE
Sterling, ND 58572
Diamond A Ranch is Gregory, South Dakota is built of 5,000 acres of beautiful South Dakota agricultural land. The owners have carefully created a landscape and habitat at Double A that caters to wild pheasants. That means if you want an amazing wild pheasant hunting experience, this is the place to go.
When you’re not looking for pheasant, you can enjoy time in the 2,800 square foot lodge. They have plenty of beds, enough for up to 18 people, and satellite TV and a pool table.
Diamond A Ranch
33180 271st St.
Gregory, SD 57533
Arrow Ridge Ranch in Wautoma, Wisconsin is a little smaller than some of the other options on this list as 700 acres, but that’s still a heck of a lot of tremendous hunting land. You will find plenty of whitetail deer, and elk, as well as nearby turkey hunting.
The Arrow Ridge Ranch ownership prides itself on creating a fun family atmosphere. They want you to enjoy your time both while out on the hunt and after.
Arrow Ridge Ranch
N3523 14th Lane
Wautoma, WI 54982
The Double D in McArthur, Ohio is a hunting ranch you don’t want to skip. With a motto of “no game, no pay!”, you know they are serious about showing you a good time.
At the Double D, you can target a variety of game, such as:
Lodging is simple but cozy, and it has a nice family feel where you may meet other like-minded hunters.
Double D Ranch
58501 U.S. Route 50
McArthur, OH 45651
Trying to narrow down all of the awesome hunting ranches in the very large area known as the Midwest to a short list of only ten spots was no easy task. There are of course many other fine locations that we did not include, but we feel that these ten give you a great sampling of what the region has to offer.
There’s so many different species available when you look at all ten of these ranches together, and they all offer something a little different. It might be hard to only visit one, so if you have the time and resources, you might want to consider visiting as many of them as possible.
There are so many tremendous hunting opportunities throughout the United States, it’s impossible to cover them all in one place. Aside from all of the great federal and state controlled game land, there are a lot of well run and expertly maintained hunting ranches.
Some of the best hunting exists in a region sometimes referred to as the Interior West, or the Mountain States. Whether you’re into big game like black bear and bighorn sheep, small game like pheasant and tree squirrel, or even waterfowl, furbearers, or predators, you’ll find something that catches your fancy in the mountain sates.
If you like the idea of visiting a hunting ranch instead of trying to navigate completely unknown public hunting lands, you’re in for a treat when you visit one the Mountain States.
We did a little digging and here are 8 of our top choices you’ll want to check out if you are considering a hunting trip in one of these 8 states:
These aren’t your only options as there are too many for us to list all of the great spots, but these 8 stood out to us the most.
Dunton Ranch is an absolutely amazing hunting ranch located in Northern Arizona. It has pretty much everything you need for a top-notch end-to-end hunting experience.
At the ranch you will find offers spacious accommodation with everything you need to enjoy your time there, with a full kitchen and even satellite TV to keep you busy after a long day of hunting.
The hunting is great and the variety of game is ample. You don’t even need an Arizona license or tags to hunt hogs and ram. And, after the hunt, you can even have the game professionally cleaned and prepared.
22120 East Fort Rock Rd.
Kingman, AZ 86401
Rockin’ 7 Ranch is a full-service hunting ranch located in Shawnee, Wyoming. That means they own the land you hunt on, they own the lodging (a beautiful 8,500 square foot log cabin), and they own the outfitting services. They even offer on-site meat processing.
Rockin’ 7 offers all type of hunts, including antelope, coyote, buffalo, elk, prairie dog, and several types of deer.
With all the available species paired with an amazing facility, there’s no reason to not visit this amazing Wyoming-based hunting ranch.
Rockin’ 7 Ranch
1468 Hwy 20
Shawnee, WY 82229
Quinlan Ranch in Chama, New Mexico sits in 17,000 acres of pristine natural landscape. Due to the diverse terrain, there are many species throughout the area.
Some of the more popular animal choices are elk, mule deer, and spring turkeys. But, they aren’t the only hunts available.
The on-site lodge is a site to see. It’s comfy and offers a great place to kick back after a long day on your feet. And, many previous guests haven nothing but good words for the food.
PO Box 424
Chama, NM 87520
Bar-K Ranch is located in the mountains of Crested Butte, Colorado. At this ranch you will have access to over 5,000 acres of private land.
Bar-K Ranch is primarily know for the excellent elk in the area. But, there are also some great deer.
No matter what animal you have your sites on, it’s important to know that this is a fair chase hunting ground.
PO BOX 1116
Crested Butte, CO 81224
Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch is a private facility located in Newdale, Idaho. The lodge, within a short walk to the Green Canyon Hot Springs, is worth a trip in itself. But, don’t get too comfortable as there’s a lot of hunting to do.
Don’t let the name fool you. While there are plenty of elk in the area to hunt, which the ranch offers a 100% successful elk hunt guarantee as proof of that, elk aren’t the only option. You’ll also find Texas Dall sheep and buffalo.
Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch
18943 E. Pony Creek Rd.
Newdale, ID 83436
When you visit Royal Rut Ranch in Eagle Mountain, Utah, you will be in the middle of their 5,600 acre scenic hunting country. They claim to be the largest hunting ranch of their kind in all of Utah.
Royal Rut is a great place to head to if you’re into elk hunting. But, there is some amazing turkey hunting in the area as well.
When you’re at Royal Rut, all of your meals are taken care of, and the base camp is modest and cozy.
Royal Rut Ranch
2286 East Cedar Drive
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005
Twin Creek Ranch is located in central Montana in Winnet. It rests on over 30 square miles of private land.
There’s a ridiculous amount of game variety to hunt. From big game like elk and deer, to pheasant and prairie dog, there’s a hunt here for everyone.
Besides all of the land and hunting options, you can enjoy delicious meals in their traditional lodge full of modern amenities.
Twin Creek Ranch
2074 East Bench Road
Winnet, MT 59087
When discussing Flying B Ranch in Kamiah, Idaho, a lot of numbers come to mind. When you visit you’ll get to enjoy staying in their 14,000 square foot lodge on their 5,000 acre ranch that has special use permits to hunt on 740,000 acres of the Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests. That sure is a lot of land.
With all that space you are sure to have a lot of game to choose from, such as Rocky Mountain elk, black bear, mule deer, whitetail deer, mountain lion, bobcat, and turkey. And, if that wasn’t enough, there’s a lot of great fishing opportunities as well.
Flying B Ranch
2900 Lawyer Creek Road
Kamiah, ID 83536
It might be hard to visit all of these mountain state hunting ranches as they are a bit spread out, but even if you only get to visit one, you’re sure to enjoy your time. They offer lots of great hunts and many have truly stunning accommodations.
Don’t take out word for it. Many of their guests have had nothing but high praise for the amenities, the hunting, and the staff.
So, what are you waiting for? Pick a spot, pack your gear, and hit the road!
If you’ve never hunted in Texas you’re missing out on one of the best hunting experiences in the western world. It’s one of the few places left where wide open spaces are the norm not the exception and there’s a lot of game on that land. Fortunately, large tracts of this wilderness also happen to be owned and operated as hunting lodges that welcome guests year round.
If you’re ready to knock Texas hunting off your bucket list then you should check out our 10 best hunting lodges in Texas below.
In Texas they believe that bigger is better and that definitely applies when it comes to the Texas Hunt Lodge. This impressive facility has access to over 100, 000 acres of pristine wilderness that’s teaming full of game.
There are 60 different species to choose from – everything from traditional white-tailed deer to buffalo, elk, wild turkey, wild boar, and exotic species such as zebras. They also have first rate bed and breakfast style accommodations with a sports bar and a games room. With such a complete package it’s not surprising they were voted ranch of the year 7 years in a row.
Texas Hunt Lodge
120 Lakehouse Trail
Ingram, TX 78025
If you’re looking for that home away from home experience then you’ll enjoy a stay at the Stray Bullet Ranch. This hunting lodge was founded in 2009 by the Mcallister family after raising white tailed deer for several years. It’s a true family operated business with the staff run and directed by the family and they pride themselves on treating their hunting guests like another member of the family.
This is mainly a deer hunting lodge, but you may also opt for hunting sheep as well. The accommodations are excellent and while you stay here all of your meals are taken care of three times a day.
Stray Bullet Ranch
11258 State Hwy. 21 West
Caldwell, TX 77836
There are few bird hunting opportunities quite like visiting the Joshua Creek Ranch. They have a reputation as one of the top wing shooting lodges in the world and you can find plenty of quail and pheasant to satisfy your hunting needs.
There’s also seasonal deer hunting and turkey hunting as well on more than 1300 acres of lightly wooded land. It’s a place that the whole family can enjoy with sports clay shooting, fly fishing, kayaking, and tubing as well. When you top all that off with award winning accommodations and excellent cuisine it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Joshua Creek Ranch
132 Cravey Road
Boerne, TX 78006
Have you always dreamed of the perfect wedding where you could combine romance with a first class hunting experience? That’s what they offer at the Caney Creek Lodge with 5 star lodgings and 9, 500 square feet – it’s perfect for weddings or your next corporate retreat.
Once the nuptials are over and you’re ready to get down to some hunting you can choose from quail hunting, white tail deer hunting, ram hunting, boar hunting, as well as other exotic species. All hunts are fully guided and they also offer sport clay shooting as well.
Caney Creek Lodge & Shooting Sports
400 Co Rd 930
Teague, TX 75860
Hidden Lakes Hunting Resort is a once in a lifetime experience for the bird hunting enthusiast. While you stay here you can hunt pheasants, quail, chukar, and waterfowl. You can also head out on a fishing excursion if you want to mix it up a little bit with Bass, Crappie, Catfish, and Bow fish all available.
The lodge itself is quite impressive with a game room, stocked bar, and a retail store. All the food is made in house and features locally grown produce from their 2 acre garden. When you’re ready to unwind and tell stories at the end of the day there’s also large fire pit available.
Hidden Lakes Hunting Resort
PO BOX 503
Yantis, TX 75497
The 777 Ranch is a little bit different from other Texas ranches. When this ranch was created just over 50 years ago they wanted to bring the experience of African game hunting to Texas.
Along with access to some great traditional whitetail deer hunting you’ll also be able to hunt lots of exotic game here including addax, gazelles, and Oryx’s. The ranch offers comfortable lodgings and great food. There’s even a souvenir store available.
777 Ranch Inc.
5420 County Road 531
Hondo, TX, 78861
If the big ranch experience is not for you then the rustic experience of a stay at the Plaska Lodge may be just what you need. This lodge is actually a 100 year old converted general store that’s heated exclusively by a wood burning stove. It makes for a cozy stay and the food is good old fashioned Texas home cooked.
Hunts are guided and you can choose from deer, hog, quail, turkey, and exotics. There’s a gun range on site as well if you want to fine tune your rifle before you head out on the hunt.
13705 FM 1041
Memphis, TX 79245
Ox Ranch is one of the most well-known hunting ranches in Texas and for good reason – they pretty much have it all. This is a great place to hunt for whitetail deer, buffalo, and turkey, but they’ve also got a lot more to offer in the form of exotic wildlife from all over the globe.
They’ve even got zebra’s! The great thing about hunting on this ranch is that they provide full guided hunts so that you always have the benefit of your guide’s experience. The ranch itself offers the full resort experience making it the perfect get away location for families as well.
Ox Hunting Ranch
1946 Private Road 2485
Uvalde, TX 78801
If you’ve never been hog hunting, but you want to give it a try a great place to do it is the Independence Ranch in Texas. Wild hogs are still abundant in the great state of Texas and they make for a challenging hunting experience – they’re a lot nastier than your average deer so you have to have your wits about you.
After a long day on the hunt you can relax at the lodge in recliners that will make you feel at home. There’s a great games room and the food is top notch as well.
9797 State Highway 97
Waelder, TX 78959
Cross Oaks Ranch offers a true Texas hill country hunting experience with 2490 acres of beautiful property filled with a variety of different game. You can stay with a traditional white tailed deer hunt or try something different with exotics such as antelope or Iranian red sheep.
Custom packages are available and all hunts are guided. The lodge is well equipped with a games room for a game of pool, a relaxing indoor fireplace and TV, or an outdoor fireplace if you prefer to be outdoors. The rooms are comfortable and the food is first class.
Cross Oaks Ranch
702 PR 861
Brady, TX 76825
You won’t go wrong with any of these ten Texas-based hunting lodges. From staples like turkey to exotics, you’re sure to find a hunt the piques your interest. Best of all, you don’t have to only pick one. You can try a few, or even try them all if you have the resources.
We also encourage you to check out the rest of the Peak Wilderness site if you’re interested in hunting or just the outdoors in general. We have lots of great posts in both categories and examine the tools you may want to take with you on your next trip. Not all the things we cover are specifically hunting related, for example our posts on the best kukris or the top rated survival machetes, but we do cover numerous hunting topics in detail. Just click on the hunting category on the top of the page for more info.