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Welcome to our COVID-19 special page! Here we will inform you on what limits on hunting and travel are there, and what hunts you should consider now. In addition you’ll find things that will entertain, educate, and inspire you in the isolation of your lockdown.

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Restrictions on Travel and Hunting - Latest Updates

At present, most nations have attempted to slow down the spread of COVID-19 by imposing travel restrictions and/or stay-at-home orders. As a result, even when hunting opportunities exist, most exist only for local hunters.

USA

Most states are lifting anti-COVID measures, some in full. Some seasons and access to public lands, however, remain closed. Booking into the Fall hunts carries out as usual. Tourism travel to Alaska is possible, conditional to COVID-19 tests taken both before the flight and on arrival, and your wilderness trip counted as quarantine. If you are concerned about a hunt you already have booked, please contact your outfitter to keep updated and reschedule if necessary.

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Canada

The border between Canada and the USA is closed for all non-essential travel, with closure extended to late July at least, and federal mandatory 14-day quarantine orders extended to August 31. Additional restrictive measures are set by certain provinces, including New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, North-West Territories, Nunavut and Yucon. However, many provinces have began to emerge from lockdowns and lift quarantine measures.

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Europe

Most countries in Europe have greatly relieved their lockdowns and most restrictions on travel between EU member states are lifted. Some states like Greece and Poland are gradually re-opening their borders, and some categories of non-EU nationals such as highly-skilled workers and university students are allowed to enter to most European countries. However, as some of the states begin to see the second stage of the pandemic, anti-COVID may be applied again. Hungary, for example, is closing non-essential travel to the country, although hunters may be exempt from the ban; consult your outfitters. Spain announced that the hunting season will proceed as usual. In the UK, hunting and shooting were listed as legit reasons for in-country travels, and the newly imposed rules against social gathering apparently do not apply for hunting and shooting parties. In general, hunting seasons carry on as usual, but travel restrictions effectively limit them to locals.

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South America

Currently most countries are under a travel ban till late April. Outfitters are rescheduling hunts to 2021-22. Low season hunts, management hunts will still be available since August (Blackbuck, Water Buffalo, management stags, Rams, wingshooting)

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Russia

The borders are closed for both incoming and outgoing traffic and both Russian citizens and other nationals, but the list of people and travel reasons exempt from the closure has been expanded. Quarantine measures, including limitations on travel between regions, are being lifted, and in-country tourism is set to resume in July. So far no intention to close the summer and autumn seasons has been voiced.

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Africa

Africa is fortunate that most seasons end late in the calendar year. The current trend is that clients with early season bookings are postponing their hunts to later dates or next season, rather than canceling their trips; however, new opportunities for hunting begin to emerge. Tanzania has become the first nation to open its borders completely for tourist travel, and the government announced that the hunting seasons will continue all year until further notice. Namibia has opened international travel, and Zimbabwe is to reopen international travel from October 1. Most other African countries, however, continue their policy of lockdowns and temporary travel bans to prevent any new COVID-19 cases from entering their borders. Cameroon has closed the 2020 season completely; there will be no hunting in the country until 2021.

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Oceania

New Zealand has currently closed their borders till late June. Most outfitters are rescheduling hunts to '21-22. Some management hunts will be available till the end of the year. Australia is nearly the same.They will also have management and boar hunts available till Christmas, buffalos till October.

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Let us inspire you

Let your imagination run free. Let our blog stories take you from your easy chair to the most remote corners of the world, from elk bugle in the Rockies to a bone-chilling close call with a lion in Mozambique and more. If you have a practical question such as what gun to choose for wild turkey or whether spring works better than fall for bear hunting in Kamchatka, the answers are there as well. Yarns of the olden days? We got them, too. Enjoy!

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Jennifer Jenkins Support, North America +1 (307) 752 78 86
Peter Ruddle Support, Africa +27 (0)83 604 0723