Not all hunters have to rough it in the woods. Bag your prey, then swap the camo for the high-end comforts offered at five of the country's swankiest hunting lodges.
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Hunters more interested in mountain lions than moose will find a home at Cibilo Creek Ranch (pictured above), a 30,000-acre Texas enclave. The complex supplies rifles, pistols, and shotguns for use on guided Humvee hunts for buffalo, foxes, coyotes, mountain lions, elk, white-tailed deer, and mule deer. Outdoor offerings include tours of ghost-town ruins and horseback rides through the Chinati Mountains. Once inside, guests can enjoy the lodge's Spanish-influenced interior architecture, featuring adobe walls and cottonwood beams, as well as the exquisite spa (with pool, sauna, hot tub, and massages). The restaurant boasts world-class gourmet Mexican cuisine.
HCR 67, Box 44, Marfa, Texas, 432-229-3737; cibolocreekranch.com; rates from $250 per night
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At this rural Kentucky lodge, you can bag as many bobwhite quail, pheasants, chukars, mallards, and Hungarian partridges as you can carry. But Deer Creek Lodge is known for more than just its one-fee, no-limit wing shooting—lodge staff will dress and vacuum package your birds as you enjoy complimentary after-hunt hors d'oeuvres. Inside the 10,000-square-foot lodge, views of woodland scenery abound. You can take in the trophy-bass lake and spectacular views of the Deer Creek basin from the lodge's antique wet bar as well as on its expansive deck. Dogs are also welcome at this lodge, where on-site instructors will train furry friends to handle and retrieve your trophies.
8160 State Route 132 East, Sebree, Kentucky, 270-835-2424; deercreeklodge.net; rates from $250 per night
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Prepare to spend your days at Primland hunting pheasant and deer—and your evenings staring at the stars. From its perch atop Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains (and inside its massive dome observatory) you can view constellations and planets through a high-powered telescope, with help from one of the lodge's resident astronomers. Retire at night to a room outfitted with 400-thread-count sheets and a wet bar, or stay up late enjoying the lodge's two-story wine room or game center filled with billiards, Ping-Pong tables, and an Xbox 360.
2000 Busted Rock Rd., Meadows of Dan, Virginia, 866-673-7802; primland.com; rates from $279 per night
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You're as likely to see Black Angus cows as you are elk roaming around the Resort at Paws Up, a 37,0000-acre working Montana ranch. Come for authentic dude-ranch activities such as trail rides, chuck wagons, and guided hunts to capture prize-winning elk. The resort also offers sporting clays courses, fly-fishing, and ATV tours. But the ranch's star attraction may be its opulent tent accommodations. Shaded by towering pine trees, these tents are a far cry from anything you've pitched yourself—each one- or two-bedroom canvas retreat is decked out with king-size beds, heated floors, and granite-countertop en suite bathrooms.
40060 Paws Up Rd., Greenough, Montana, 800-473-0601; pawsup.com; rates from $865 per night
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Nestled in nearly 50,000 private acres of Sierra Madre paradise in northwest Colorado, Three Forks Ranch offers no-hassle hunting of elk, mule deer, and pronghorns. Snag one of the lodge's sumptuous rooms when the snow begins to fall and you can also enjoy a host of on-site winter activities, including snowboarding, skiing, sledding, ice fishing, and sleigh rides. At the end of your adventurous day, world-class chefs prepare dishes like rosemary-smoked rib eye, roasted duck breast, cumin-encrusted lamb loin, and Parma-ham-wrapped poussin. The ranch also features private-label wines, including a Chardonnay, a Cabernet, and a Merlot.
Routt County Rd. 129, Slater, Colorado, 970-583-6513; threeforksranch.com; rates available upon request
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