The Other March Madness

Late (and early) hunts for the truly obsessed.

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Back when I was in college, I was always torn by the choice of where I would spend my mid-March spring break. On the one hand, there were sunny beaches down south hopping with half-dressed sorority bunnies; on the other lay half-frozen farmlands up north that were hopping with snowshoe hares. I usually decided to chase the four-legged variety. Was I nuts? Maybe, but not more than any other hunter is at this time of year. March can be maddening. For many of us hunting seasons are closed, but the weather is still wintry, and unless you're willing to shoot crows and opossums (I'm never that desperate), there seems to be very little reason to get out of bed, let alone venture afield. But if you're not sated from an entire season's worth of chasing game, and you're willing to travel, some fine hunting can be had in March. Consider the following:

1. ALABAMA [BRACKET "TURKEYS"] Click Here For More
Jump-start your turkey season where the magnolias are starting to bloom and the longbeards are already gobbling in the hardwood bottoms and strutting in the hayfields...

2. FLORIDA [BRACKET "PIGS"]Click Here For More
In Florida, wild pigs are classified as game animals on state lands, and there is an official fall season. On private lands, they are considered domestic livestock...

3. MISSOURI [BRACKET "SNOW GEESE"] Click Here For More
Tired of watching snow fly? Head to northwestern Missouri and watch the snow geese fly instead. Home to one of the Central Flyways top staging areas....

4. MAINE [BRACKET "SNOWSHOE HARES"] Click Here For More
The bunnies are abundant and the POSTED signs scarce up in the vast Maine woodlands. "Traveling sportsmen are amazed at how much open land there is."...

5. LABRADOR [BRACKET "CARIBOU"] Click Here For More
Maybe you think you can't afford a far-flung biggame adventure. Maybe you're wrong. Although fall caribou expeditions can cost more than $3,000, spring hunts can run less...