By Montana Grant

Posted: February 5, 2022


What’s on your Bucket List? We all have one even if you don’t know it. A special hunt, fishing trip, or just a thing that challenges you, family, or friends. What’s yours? 

After the Covid Crunch, we all have Cabin Fever. A big, fat, dose from Mother Nature is a great cure for all. The only problem is that one trip is probably not enough, and an annual pilgrimage may be required. Never put a lid on your bucket list.

America and foreign destinations offer some wonderful Bucket Choices. Canada has wonderful remote lakes that you can fly into. No Covid Cooties in sight. Walleye, trout, pike, and Lake Trout will administer your needed medications. Landing on a lake in a Bush Plane is amazing. When the plane leaves you at the remote camp, you only hear the sounds of mosquitos.

Other remote lakes can be hiked or floated into. Giant Brookies, big bass, or finned favorites abound, and many have never seen a hook.

Steelhead on the River of No Return will surely make you return with another bucket. Catching Stripers in the surf of New England will certainly get you hooked. Shad runs on the Susquehanna or Delaware Rivers will wear you out. For many Bucket Busters, a simple pond full of bluegills, crappies, or bass may do the trick. Icemen love a bucket full of Jumbo Yellow Perch. Each type of fishing means a new and different destination.

Saltwater offers Gulf Streams or beaches full of fun fishing for finned monsters. Who would not want to hook up with a Giant Bluefin tuna, swordfish, or marlin?

One of the great things about fishing is that fish are found in beautiful places. Just being in open and healthy spaces is a great cure for all and welcome fill for the bucket.

A caribou hunt to Canada would be fun. Not sure if a bow or rifle would be best but the adventure sounds fun. Bull elk in the Rocky Mountains or grasslands deer will make your bucket overflow. Pheasants and upland birds of the plains would surely make you cackle. South America offers amazing dove and duck hunts. I also heard that Argentina has some pretty good trout fishing. 

Alaska offers amazing fishing, crabbing, shrimping, and hunting. Hooking onto a giant halibut or salmon is a welcome addition to a sportsman’s bucket. Once you drag up a doormat from the bottom of the Bering Sea, you will never get enough. 

Your outdoor Bucket List needs to reflect your personality, hobbies, and interests. We also have other things we may want to do. Perhaps returning to your ancestral roots or going on a quest to find the best pizza or burger restaurant. Setting goals, dreaming, and challenging ourselves make us better and stronger. The great thing is that wherever you travel, there is always a place to hunt or fish nearby. Bucket lists are supposed to be about having fun.

You do not want to pass away with a list full of “woulda, coulda, shouldas! What’s the fun in that? Oh, and don’t forget to take a Buddy. An empty boat is not as much fun. 


When you make your new Bucket List, throw away the lid.

Montana Grant