People across the globe have been hunting since prehistoric times – paleontologists say there is evidence to suggest the practice was carried out in some parts of the world around two million years ago, long before the evolution of Homo sapiens. Back then, hunting was necessary for survival. Today, however, hunting has developed into a sport and a form of recreation in western cultures. In the U.S., hunting is generally regulated on a state-by-state basis but all protected species hunters country-wide are required to hold a hunting license.

In some ways, the sport of Hunting has what seems to be more challenging aspects than other recreational sports like Fishing. For example, the type of hunting you can partake in ranges from trapping, bow hunting and hunting with firearms. In addition the type of game you are hunting is extremely varied with each animal presenting it’s own set of unique techniques to avoid detection.

From small game like pheasant, rabbit, and quail to larger prey like deer, elk, bear and moose – there are plenty of opportunities for hunting at almost every time of year.  In fact, big game hunting is especially popular in the western United States in the Rocky Mountain region. States such as Montana, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico are well know to produce some of the best hunting that can be had.

Hunting Outfitters

If big game hunting is what you are after, you’ll want to prepare for the rigors of the hunt and prepare to invest some time in looking for the right hunting outfitter to help ensure your time and money is well spent. Many outfitters often have specific hunting skills and access to the right land for hunting the game you intend to hunt.

Rocky Mountain Elk

Rocky Mountain Elk

For example, if your dream was to pursue of of the several species of elk, then Colorado might be the ideal place to start your search. Not only does Colorado have the largest known elk herds in the United States, but it’s also the largest in the world. A quick online search for Colorado elk hunting outfitters will get you going in the right direction.

Hunting Gear

Like most other recreational sports, there will be plenty of gear to choose from for hunting. In this instance, it’s important to remember that gear is not only limited to hard gear such as bow, guns, ammunition, clothing, or gun scopes. One of the other key elements when hunting is to eliminate your scent. As you research, you’ll also find there are plenty of scents on the marketplace as well.

If you are just in the beginning phases of exploring hunting as a recreational pastime, you might want to consider one of the many consumer focused hunting and outdoor sports shows that are usually held in larger cities across the United States.


Whether for food or fun, it’s not difficult to understand why fishing is one of the most popular recreational pastimes in America.  In fact, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, nearly 40 million licensed anglers generate over $46 billion in retail sales with a $115 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for more than 828,000 people. The political clout is even greater when you consider at least 60 million anglers fished at some point over the past five-years and consider themselves to be anglers.

Types of Fishing

Although there are many types of fishing to pursue, most people prefer sport fishing. Wikipedia defines it as Recreational fishing, also called sport fishing, is fishing for pleasure or competition. It can be contrasted with commercial fishing, which is fishing for profit, or subsistence fishing, which is fishing for survival.” In sport fishing, this generally breaks down into saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing. Depending on where you live in the United States, you may have more opportunities for one over the other.

Freshwater Fishing

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Some would view freshwater as a partnership with nature. To some longtime anglers, every time they pick up the rod and reel, it feels like taking another journey into the mysteries of nature.

The world we live in today, surrounds us with many opportunities for stressful activities. There is no other activity that I know of that can take an individual or a family into an environment where the most stressful element might be the sound of a loon, calling out to its mate, or the splash of a jumping fish on an otherwise silent lakeside.

Spending a Saturday afternoon, sitting on the shore of a small secluded pond, like the one shown below, with your line in the water and a comfortable lawn chair for your relaxation, is like no other way to blend yourself with the wonders of nature while spending quality time breathing fresh air.

Inland from the coast, on small and large lakes, mountain streams and everywhere in between, you’ll find opportunities to catch a wide variety of fish species such as bass, catfish, carp, crappie, trout and salmon. Of course, there are many more types, but these are some of the most abundant.

Saltwater Fishing

White Marlin

White Marlin

If you live near the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, or Gulf of Mexico, it’s likely you will at some point, pursue the thrill of the open ocean. For open saltwater fishing, most anglers will charter a boat and head out to Tuna, Swordfish, Sailfish, Marlin or some other large ocean species.

For people who prefer to saltwater fish from shore, the best time of day for this type of fishing is on the ebb tide. This should be during an early time of the morning to ensure that the trip will be a productive one. This will put the tide in one’s favor and if the wind is light or not fair, this will also help in going home quickly.

One odd tip is that if you happen to be fishing in an area that has predatory fish, such as sharks, you can get rid of them by pouring some fish blood on a paper towel or newspaper, rolling it into a ball, then casting it out into the current if you can. By doing this, sharks will follow the current and leave the area increasing the chances of catching fish.