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Favorite animal to hunt?

Bowhuntrben

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1. Whitetail deer - I grew up hunting them, and there are many many memories associated with them, so I can't ever see them being topped for me
2. Shed hunting - In some ways shed hunting is my favorite, but I don't think I can quite rank it above the deer. I've learned a lot about various land pieces by shed hunting, and it's just as exciting (if not more) for me to spot an antler (or have somebody I'm with spot one) as it is to shoot an animal. I just don't have the time now with 3 young children to be able to put the miles in it takes to be real successful at this right now as I was before getting married and having kids.
3. Moose - Has always been my favorite animal, so hunting them was amazing. I would enjoy just "hunting" them with a camera from this point, though.
4. Elk - Haven't been too successful with harvests yet, but it's always a good time doing these trips with my dad
5. Pronghorn - Was an enjoyable hunt and nice to have an easy hunt seeing loads of animals.
6. Pheasants - It's a good time. I just don't do it anymore due to other hunts taking priority.
7. Turkey - Almost shouldn't even put this on the list. They are fun to hunt, but I just don't care to eat them, so it is rare for me to actually hunt them anymore.
 

hank4elk

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Elk ,obviously. I get it.
For most of my life it was bucks ,turkeys & wild pigs at and around my home. Blacktails. Mostly.
I could always draw tags and fill them. I did not know til years later that they were tough to hunt. LOL
Filled my share of mule deer tags but that elusive 30" buck has always been just missed. 29 3/4"s ,twice.

This year I will try again for a big mule deer with a mz, locally. It will be tough.
Elk will be #1 again. I will hunt at home again. Because I can.
 

OntarioHunter

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I can see that. You don’t have to worry about someone skybusting or being a shot hog. I like seeing birds works, can’t say anything about the dog cause next year will be Molly’s first year.
I usually shoot at least one honker triple every season (true triples, not flock shooting). A well known shotgun editor for one of the big American hunting magazines who's almost my age once commented in an email correspondence that he found that awsome (unbelievable?) as he had yet to achieve even one triple in his life. My response was simple: "You don't hunt alone, do you?"

If Molly is old enough to breathe now, she'll be old enough to hunt this fall. The mighty Ethyl retrieved her first duck at five months, December 1977. Sophie, her successor picked up her first grouse at about five months. Then Pearl who brought in her first of hundreds of honkers (her specialty) at four months. Two years later Opal set the record pointing and retreiving a double on Huns at three months and three days. Here she is a few days afterwards with a bunch of sharpies. She was responsible for two of them. OpalPatSharpies.jpg
Then there's the goofy anomaly. Ellie, my current Lab, didn't get going till age two. One day I had to hunt her alone and that's all it took. I should have figured it out earlier. The rest of them all started alone. The wait was worth it. She is the best upland dog yet, easily surpassing my French Brittany (hunting behind Opal and Pearl at six months old).
 
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Salmonchaser

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Having just hunted Africa, Kudu then Elk and everything else.
Upland;
Kudu
elk
mule deer
any antelope
 

Scott85

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I usually shoot at least one honker triple every season (true triples, not flock shooting). A well known shotgun editor for one of the big American hunting magazines who's almost my age once commented in an email correspondence that he found that awsome (unbelievable?) as he had yet to achieve even one triple in his life. My response was simple: "You don't hunt alone, do you?"

If Molly is old enough to breathe now, she'll be old enough to hunt this fall. The mighty Ethyl retrieved her first duck at five months, December 1977. Sophie, her successor picked up her first grouse at about five months. Then Pearl who brought in her first of hundreds of honkers (her specialty) at four months. Two years later Opal set the record pointing and retreiving a double on Huns at three months and three days. Here she is a few days afterwards with a bunch of sharpies. She was responsible for two of them. View attachment 222067
Then there's the goofy anomaly. Ellie, my current Lab, didn't get going till age two. One day I had to hunt her alone and that's all it took. I should have figured it out earlier. The rest of them all started alone. The wait was worth it. She is the best upland dog yet, easily surpassing my French Brittany (hunting behind Opal and Pearl at six months old).
Awesome story. Molly heads to a trainer here in Va until we move out west, that's at least for the next 4 months.
 

RobertD

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Whitetails, and I specifically want to go back to the Midwest and do deer drives in hardwood bottom and cornfield country, with lots of snow on the ground. I think it's as fun as anything ever could be.

I could also stand some more antelope hunting opportunities in my life. That's my second favorite... for now.
 

Khunter

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Tough to choose! My fave animals to hunt are all when chasing with archery tackle as that pegs the type 1 fun meter for me because the stalks to close range and calling activity, and the many failed stalks I get to relive in my mind. Enjoy rifle hunting as well, just not quite as much.


1. antelope
2. elk
3. sheep
4. moose
5. mule deer
6. Coues white tail
7. easy “regular” white tail 🙂
8. mountain goat
9. bear


Also really have fun filming at close range critters I choose to not arrow.
This bull got a pass at 10 yards.

Can’t list birds cuz birds aren’t real.
 
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Thank you for the heads up and I will try, but please excuse any typos

North America

Mostly for sentimental reasons but probably the Kaibab Mile Deer. But the Brown bear hunts on Kodiak were not bad either. And like others here the Dall sheep hunts are tough to beat. Oak, the Coues is a tough hunt for sure, but like you there are other hunts/animals I have chosen before them.

Ocellated turkey. Loved the hunt and the bird. Beautiful bird

Europe

Alpine Ibex and Capercaillie ( big game and bird )

Africa

for me the bird is easy. Sand Grouse

but having been fortunate enough to have hunted all 7 dangerous game, each animal has their allure. This is not mine, but I always liked it.

Buffalo is hunted with your guts, Leopard with your mind, Elephant with your feet--But, the Lion is hunted with your heart.

1. Lion, 2. Elephant, 3. Buffalo, 4. Hippo and then Leopard for me. Unless you are hunting a wounded leopard and that changes everything o_O

As to plains game, I personally found hunting the small antelopes the most difficult. They are so small and the grass is so high

thanks for asking and again sorry for any typos

p.s. thanks of for the reminder, I did forget. Plains game. My favorites were the Bongo and Gemstook, but the Kudu hunts and horns are magnificent
 
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WoodMoose

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yup
thought long and hard on this when I first saw the thread
and decided
I agree with all of you! (y)
 

Khunter

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Probably rabbits if you consider hunting year round. If it is a game animal, then it has to be turkeys in the spring…
Huh? Last thing ever expected to see on HT. Do you hunt big game? To each his own but…really turkey above the many mammal choices?
 

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