Exciting, Exhilarating Big Game Hunting
Hunting is one of the oldest activities known to man. Early humans hunted mammoth in groups, by either chasing it off a cliff or using a combination of spears and rocks as weapons. Hunting continues to be a popular activity for many Americans today. Big game hunts are particularly exhilarating as they offer an opportunity to take down animals that one may never encounter or have the chance to conquer. Here are some of the most common targets in big game hunts and maybe something you could see yourself going after on a hunting trips.
- Mule Deer
Many North American bears are endangered or protected species, and are therefore unable to be hunted. However, the North American black bear, the smallest and most common bear species, is free for big game hunters to seek out. Adult males can weigh anywhere from 130 to 550 lbs. Females are smaller, at 90-370 lbs. For the smallest bear species, they are still a formidable creature. Hunting a bear is a thrilling experience few people get to partake in.
Elk are a ruminant animal, meaning they have a four chambered stomach. An elk diet consists of grasses, bark, leaves and other low growing plants. Elk can be found in both North America and Eastern Asia. In Asia, elk antlers and their velvet coats are used in medicine. North american elk are much larger than their Asian counterparts and are popular in big game hunts due to their prevalence in the wild and their enormous antlers that can be kept as trophies.
Mule deer are a species of deer that get their name for their ears that resemble those of a mule. Mule deer are much larger than white tailed deer but smaller than elk. Trophy mule deer hunts are also common in North America because of their high populations in the wild and their antlers.
Okay, so maybe fish are not something you would associate with big game hunts. But fishing is nevertheless a very popular, relaxing and competitive complimentary to game hunting. In many areas of North America that offer big game hunting vacations, fly fishing is also readily available. According to the Outdoor Industry Foundation, over 18 million people go fly fishing every year. Fly fishing is distinguished by the type of rod and a lure resembling the fly insect. As well as technique that often involves standing in a moving river. Popular fly fishing catches include traveling salmon, bass, trout and grayling.