Hunting North American Big Game:
Big Game Hunting: Antelope, Bear, Sheep, Caribou, Black-Tailed Deer,
Mule Deer, White-Tailed Deer, Elk & Moose.
Big Game Hunting:
Big game hunting is a term sometimes used interchangeably with large game although in other contexts it refers to large, usually African, mammals which are hunted mainly for trophies, not for food.
Big game hunting in North America more specific the United States of America refers to the larger species of mammals native to the North American continent, of these the most popular are Antelope, White-tailed Deer, Mule Deer and Elk.
United States Hunting Regulations Game Categories:
Typically wild game animals are divided into several categories for regulatory purposes. Typical categories, along with example species, are as follows:
Big game: White-tailed deer, moose, elk, caribou (reindeer), bear & sheep.
Hunting big game typically requires a "tag" for each animal harvested. Tags must be purchased in addition to the hunting license, and the number of tags issued to an individual is typically limited.
North American Big Game Animals:
Alaska Brown Bear, Black Bear, Grizzly Bear, Polar Bear, Cougar,
Columbia Blacktail Deer, Coues Deer, Mule Deer, Sitka Blacktail Deer,
Whitetail Deer, Rocky Mountain Elk, Roosevelt Elk, Tule Elk,
Barren Ground Caribou, Central Canadian Barren Ground Caribou,
Mountain Caribou, Quebec Labrador Caribou, Woodland Caribou,
Alaska Yukon Moose, Canada Moose, Shiras Moose, Bison, Muskox,
American Mountain Goat, Pronghorn Antelope, California Bighorn Sheep,
Dall Sheep, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep &
United States Big Game Hunting Regulations, Weapons:
Weapons used in hunting are also typically regulated by game category, area within the state, and time period. Regulations for big game hunting often specify a minimum caliber or muzzle energy for Rifles and Handguns. The use of rifles is often banned for safety reasons in areas with high population density or limited topographic relief where possibly shotguns can be used of which the all steel Remington 870 is probably the most popular. Specific seasons for bow hunting and crossbow hunting or muzzle-loading black powder weapons and muzzle-loading rifles are often established to limit competition with hunters using more effective weapons.
Most Popular North American Big Game Rifles And Cartridges:
Bolt Action Rifles are the most popular rifle action type used in North American Big Game Hunting of which the Remington Model 700, Ruger M77 and Winchester Model 70 brands and models are by far the most popular used.
There is little doubt as to the popularity of America's favorite big game cartridges,
243 Winchester, 270 Winchester, 7mm Remington Magnum, 308 Winchester,
30-06 Springfield and 300 Winchester Magnum, these are the top six cartridges used in the United States for Big Game Hunting.
United States Big Game Hunting Terminology:
Baiting - is the use of decoys, lures, scent or food to attract animals.
Blind or Stand hunting - is waiting for animals from a concealed or elevated position.
Calling - is the use of animal noises to attract or drive animals.
Camouflage - is the use of visual concealment (or scent) to blend with the environment.
Driving - is the herding of animals in a particular direction, usually toward another hunter in the group.
Glassing - is the use of optics (such as binoculars) to more easily locate animals.
Scouting - includes a variety of tasks and techniques for finding animals to hunt.
Stalking - is the practice of walking quietly, often in pursuit of an identified animal.
Still Hunting - is the practice of walking quietly in search of animals.
Tracking - is the practice of reading physical evidence in pursuing animals.