You’ve probably heard the term “big game hunting.” Does it involve hunting squirrels or raccoons? Nope. Big game hunting refers to hunting large, wild animals for sport. So what animals qualify as “big game?” Animals like moose, elk, caribou, reindeer, musk oxen, deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn, wild boar, and bear qualify. Some states come up with a list of what they consider “big game,” so depending on where you hunt, turkeys, buffalo, wolves and even alligators could count. Now if you’re hunting in Africa, you could consider giraffes, impala, tigers, warthogs, zebras and other animals as big game. Oh, and don’t forget the elusive “big five” of Africa: lions, African elephants, Cape buffalo, leopards, and rhinos.
The Popularity of Big Game Hunting
Is big game hunting popular? You bet it is! Consider that about 12.5 million people over the age of 16 in the United States hunt, and of those, about 10.7 million go after big game, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In the U.S., big game hunting is done on public and private land during specific time frames of the year, with or without professional guides. States typically regulate hunting, imposing age limits, kill (tag) limits, and other rules.
Do you want to hunt big game but you’re not sure where to go? In rural Pennsylvania, you can enjoy guided big game hunts at Tioga Ranch. As one of the largest hunting preserves in the East, Tioga Ranch offers a nice selection of big game for your hunts. For your information, year round hunts involve boar, turkey, bison, goats, etc. Seasonal hunts involve whitetail, elk, stag and more. Most hunts are fully guided. Tioga Ranch has nice accommodations and helps make hunting an unforgettable experience.