Hunters, wrought with anticipation, wait all year for big game hunting season to arrive. Big game includes whitetail deer, mule deer, elk, black bear, bighorn sheep, moose, pronghorn antelope, mountain goat, caribou, brown bear, turkey, mountain lion, wild hog, javelina, wolf and coyote.
The following provides information for hunters about big game species.
Whitetail Deer – As management changes in
· Mule Deer – Many hunters are getting a start on the early mule deer season, as several states are opening this season to both archers and rifle hunters. Ambush hunting is a very effective technique during this time.
· Elk – Faced with a drought-filled summer, experts anticipate that elks will be down at low elevations this hunting season, likely having exhausted their foliage supplies at higher levels.
Black Bears –
· Bighorn Sheep – Found at higher elevations, these hunts could prove very taxing on hunters that are not in excellent shape. Experts recommend that hunters looking for bighorn sheep be in good physical condition and their lungs be in peak performance.
· Moose – Archers, rifle hunters and muzzleloader hunters should practice at a variety of distances, as moose are dangerous animals and hunters may be forced to take a shot at longer-than-average big game distances.
Pronghorn Antelope – Typically sought by non-resident and
resident hunters alike, this animal is predominant in
· Mountain Goat – As mountain goats are generally in higher elevations, a hunter should consider a game cart to help haul his/her trophy safely out of the wilderness.
Brown Bear – As many caribou herds are changing
their migration routes, so are grizzlies and polar bears. Many
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