How to Access Hunting Opportunities on U.S. Military Bases

One of the most popular reality TV stars is Gordon Ramsay of “Hell’s Kitchen” Fame. Ramsay made his name by being an outspoken, passionate, sometimes brutal, gourmet. Whatever you may think of his cooking or his antics, hunters may be surprised to learn that one of his shows demonstrates his willingness to capture, kill or otherwise procure his own game meat and prepare it, start to finish—from hunt and harvest to helpings on a plate. He has hunted deer in India, caught and cooked puffins in Iceland and noodled for catfish in Oklahoma. One must respect his recognition of the fact that at the foundation of cooking is the life-and-death struggle of nature.

One of Ramsey’s YouTube videos that caught my attention was his attempt to hunt feral hogs at Fort Benning, Ga. Home of the U.S. Army Infantry School, Ranger Training, Maneuver Center of Excellence and other units. Fort Benning is also home to an ever-expanding feral hog problem. So much so, that there was a bounty on hogs when Ramsay’s show was produced. Watching the hog hunt raised a question: “Can you really hunt on military bases?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!”

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