Hunting is pursuing an animal with the intent of killing it. It is most often done for food or sport. There are many types of hunting methods and they are outlined below.
Hunting by SpeciesEdit
- Big Game Hunting - The hunting of big non-dangerous game, for which tags usually must be granted in addition to a license. This includes but is not limited to: whitetail deer, mule deer, moose, elk, caribou, black bear, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, wild boar, and javelina.
- Small Game Hunting - The hunting of small, more common game, often to introduce new hunters, but fun for all. Usually, special tags are not required and only a hunting license is needed. This includes but is not limited to: cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare, squirrel, opposum, raccoon, porcupine, skunk, ring-tailed cat, and armadillo.
- Furbearer Hunting - Furbearers are animals hunted for their fur to be sold. Many of them are predators and small game. They are often trapped, but sometimes called in by use of a distress call. This includes but is not limited to: beaver, red fox, gray fox, mink, musk rat, opposum, raccoon, wolf, coyote, and bobcat
- Predator Hunting - Predators are animals usually called into a distress call, mimicking prey. This includes, but is not limited to: mountain lion, coyote, gray fox, red fox, bobcat, raccoon, wolf, and coyote.
- Upland Hunting - Upland birds are small birds usually found in thick, heavy cover that are often hunted using specialized dogs such as pointers, flushers, or retrievers. It usually involves alot of walking. This includes, but is not limited to: ruffed grouse, pheasant, bobwhite quail, and woodcock. Turkey are also included sometimes, as are squirrels and cottontail rabbits.
- Varmint Hunting - The hunting of varmints or pests, usually as a means of habitat management and eradication of the animal. Includes woodchucks, starlings, sparrows, and prairie dogs. Often done at long-range with small-caliber rifles. Although other animals can cause massive damage to land, such as rabbits and hogs, they are usually not hunted as "varmints".
- Waterfowl Hunting - Waterfowl hunting is the hunting of waterfowl, usually with the aid of a retrieving dog. This includes but is not limited to: ducks, geese, teal, mergansers, and swans.
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