View Full Version : If You Could Only Hunt One More Time What Would You Hunt?

March 29, 2007, 07:37 PM
The "What animal have you NEVER wanted to hunt" thread is still getting a lot of action but made me think. If you could only hunt once more before you rode off into the sunset, what animal would you hunt?

My last hunt would be Pronghorn. I know that your chances are always pretty good to fill your tags, but I get such a kick out of seeing those animals. To me, it's a blast to try to get a stalk and make a good shot on them. Their eyesight is outstanding and you usually can't get too close. I've witnessed one RACE our truck last year and he actually hit 50 mph in a drag race with us. It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen an animal do. Great, pretty animals. And, they don't taste too damn bad either.

So you if only got to hunt once more, what would you go after?

March 29, 2007, 08:06 PM
Bird hunting with my dad.

March 29, 2007, 08:25 PM
squirrels. I started off my hunting lifestyle 40 odd years ago pursueing the little buggers and they taught me the art of sittin' still and the importance of accuracy. After I moved on to bigger but not necessarily better game animals, I always wished I had the time to seriously pursue them again. It would be nice to go out the same way I came in.............

March 29, 2007, 08:32 PM
Mule deer in central Nevada (East Humbolt Range...Ruby Valley.) Grew up in Southern Nevada and hunted there until I was 15.


March 29, 2007, 08:43 PM
I agree with Buck. Squirrels would be my choice. You always return to the basics.Was the first critter that I took and I would be proud that it would be my last.

March 29, 2007, 08:53 PM
American Grizzley---with a footman's lance and a battle axe :D If it's my last hunt, I'm either going to make it the ultimate hunt or I'm not coming back. LOL Anyone wanna run the video camera? Otherwise nobody would believe me if I lived, and the Darwin awards might not accept the entry if I didn't.

Seriously, I'd probably make the trip up to Alaska that my cousin has been pestering me about for longer than he should have to. As for the hunt--I've heard doll sheep are a fantastic challenge.

March 29, 2007, 08:55 PM
Whitetail deer.

March 29, 2007, 09:00 PM
Quail over good bird dogs

March 29, 2007, 09:19 PM
with a footman's lance and a battle axe If it's my last hunt

ya gonna sell tickets?

March 29, 2007, 09:25 PM
Damned right I am! How else am I gonna cover the reconstructive surgery? :D

March 29, 2007, 10:56 PM

March 29, 2007, 11:13 PM

March 30, 2007, 06:39 AM
American Grizzley---with a footman's lance and a battle axe If it's my last hunt, I'm either going to make it the ultimate hunt or I'm not coming back.

I like it. If you are going out, go out like a man!

March 30, 2007, 07:42 AM
If it's my last hunt I'm either dying or the powers that be have banned hunting all together. Either way I'm going after corrupt politicians.:D

American Grizzly with a footman's lance and battle axe.......

It's already been done and I know one of the guys who've done it. Not with a footman's lance, but with an Athabascan bear spear designed for the purpose.

He flipped the bear over his head with the spear when it charged and impaled itself on the spear. He's still alive and well in his 90's.

March 30, 2007, 08:37 AM
Squirrels with a good dog. Lots of action. Plenty of shooting and lots of exercise. Plenty of these rodents around here. Heaps of chances to go bang.

Big game hunting is okay. I do it a couple of times a year. Shoot two cartridges a year if lucky on big game. Usually am lucky but hope that I have enough skill to make my own luck.

I also love dove hunting but doves have declined too much in my area to provide a sufficient number of shots to satisfy me. I like to go bang at critters that make gravy. Lots of bang. I really don't care whether I hit it or not.

March 30, 2007, 10:02 AM
Either way I'm going after corrupt politicians.

I hear ya. No doubt it will be yer last hunt.

March 30, 2007, 10:13 AM
Lots of stuff comes to mind like big horn sheep something that would take a lot of work, a trophy you would feel very proud of.
Or maybe even better would be a water buff or feral bull in full charge from 50 feet or less. Something that would really test your courage, fill you with adrenalin, give you the thrill of a lifetime.. YEAH!!!
Egad I otta stop thinking like that at my age.

Art Eatman
March 30, 2007, 12:18 PM
I guess I'd want to be in a hunt camp with a few longtime friends. A good firepit, with a couple of cooks who knew how to make good camp coffee and use an open fire. On a ranch somewhere with decent deer, but not some highfalutin fancypants penraised stuff.

We'd all have enough time to get to know the country, and the likely hangouts of some decent bucks. We'd be able to get out at night and chouse around, call a coyote or two. Hunt some quail during the day.

Maybe even kill a good buck. More important, help my kid or somebody else's kid get a good buck.

Sit around the campfire, re-telling the same old funny stories from decades gone by, about people that have been dead for years.

Then? Hey, like Florence King says, your obituary oughta include words like "sudden" and "massive". :D


March 30, 2007, 12:23 PM
American Grizzly with a footman's lance and battle axe.......

It's already been done and I know one of the guys who've done it. Not with a footman's lance, but with an Athabascan bear spear designed for the purpose.

Stevelyn>> You weren't supposed to give that away till after I've sold enough tickets to those who want to witness my insane and glorious demise. Plus, how can I make a good side bet to retire on now? Gotta have those odds give as high a pay-out as possible. :D

March 30, 2007, 12:48 PM
Hey Rangefinder we'll all still buy tickets and call one of those reality shows you can still make a buncha bucks or die trying one or the other, reconstructive surgery is still a option too he he.

March 30, 2007, 01:59 PM
Never gave these bad boys much thought till a business client from Brazil told me his adventure with the one pictured below. Got it while fishing on the Amazon....what a rush! Probably need to study old movies of Johnny Wiesmuller (as Jungle Jim), nothing but swimming trunks and a Bowie knife. No, I don't have suicidal tendencies...learning the technique and methods to get one, then apply the skills learned. I think it was Hemingway that once said that you've never experienced life until you've cheated death.


March 30, 2007, 02:14 PM
Cant see the picture rembrandt??!!

My dream has always been to hunt a moose, and if I were to go out.....I would like to take one of them....and Ted Kennedy.:D

March 30, 2007, 02:22 PM
if I were to go out...I would like to take ... Ted Kennedy.
Please! Please! Please! No, on second thought, better not.

Anyway, moving right along, mine would be Mountain Goat. I know, they're small, and not particularly tough, but they are tough to hunt, since they live on top of the steepest mountains. I keep applying for a tag, but no luck yet. If I ever do score a tag, then I guess I'll just have to hump the hills or shut up.

March 30, 2007, 04:26 PM
Visious Pigmys deep in the amazon from an old navy pbr boat. My crew would be the Budweiser girls.

Or in a more realistic world I would hunt moose and brown bear in Alaska. :)

March 30, 2007, 04:47 PM
Like shoot /hunt Tiger.

el Divino
March 30, 2007, 07:44 PM
Whitetail deer at my farm in South Texas with a freezing temperature, so it should be 32° or below, a bottle of Cuervo 1800, inside my 8x4 blind together with my family:D :cool:

March 30, 2007, 08:14 PM
Cape Buffalo!!!

March 30, 2007, 08:48 PM
Hey Rangefinder we'll all still buy tickets and call one of those reality shows you can still make a buncha bucks or die trying one or the other, reconstructive surgery is still a option too he he.

Rem33>>Nice! I never thought about the whole "reality TV" portion of it, but that's a great idea! I could fulfill another big dream in the process--knock Survivor out of its hot spot for a day! (Always wanted to go on there and show those idiots what survival was all about... But those of us who could actually DO it wouldn't stand a chance at getting on there) Could be a real short-lived season (pun fully intended), but invest big before the pilot airs and sell right before the first episode ends (could be the first AND last episode)--just in case :D But if I win, I'm keeping the book rights (of course I might need someone who can take dictation at that point--if I loose, I obviously couldn't give a rat's hind-end... LOL

I'm glad to hear you guys are behind me on this (even though it would likely be WAY behind me--guarding the beer cooler and the cocktail servers)... It makes the whole, stupid idea that much more meaningful... Brings a tear to the eye... LMAO :D

March 30, 2007, 10:30 PM
Iranians. Show the Brits how.

March 30, 2007, 10:36 PM
Mt goats are great, and I, too, migth opt for that. Took a young kid after one. I took the highest scoring grad of my training class on a hunt and he wanted to go after a goat. This was in B.C. All he had was a borrowed M94 30-30. Yea, he got a goat... with my 7mmm. Great fun trip. Had his non-hunting dad along. Served as camp cook and had a ball.

Or, maybe Dall's. Live in beautiful country and as hard to get to as goats(and chukar!).

April 2, 2007, 08:51 PM
Either a squirrel or a quail (thanks to ones who gave me the idea), and it has to be on camera too.
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April 2, 2007, 09:12 PM
Anything capable of hurting me. Elephant, lion, cape buff, big bears, hippo, rhino etc. Something to really get the heart pumping.

April 3, 2007, 12:50 AM
Oh thats a tough one. I wouldnt want to go after anything odd or foreign just me, my .270 a few good buddies and an area full of big smart white-tails.

April 3, 2007, 03:02 PM
It would have to be something dangerous... may as well since I wouldn't have long to live anyhow. So either Grizzly bear, or hippo, or cape buff, or elephant, or lion. Tough call. I love the North American Rocky mountains, so I think I'll say Grizzly bear. But with bow & arrow - not quite man enough to try with battle axe.

April 3, 2007, 03:09 PM
Saw a film of a Pygmy shoving a spear with about a 3 foot blade into a elephants ribs once. They said the last villager to do that was killed by the elephant. The animal tore up everything around it but the man kept brush between him and the elephant as he backed away and lived.
Now there's ya dangerous hunt.

April 3, 2007, 11:11 PM
Ive only hunted one time but i had a good time doing it. ( boar)

But if i had my choice of animal Id pick a lion cuz i cant think of any animal id be prouder to tell people that I killed with out it killing me. I would want to do it with a revolver or something that made me have to be close too. Is that possible ?

Been talkin bout it on another message board I go to. What calibers of rifles do people tend to shoot at lions with? Dont want to derail the thread but if anyone else responds here and knows maybe they could include it in thier post.

April 3, 2007, 11:46 PM
...I'd go duck hunting. Good fun and great eats when you're done. Then I could eat and die happy.

April 4, 2007, 08:31 AM
Me and dad, moose hunting in eastern Canada.

LOL at all the dangeous animal replies. The most dangerous animal in North America is a bull moose during mating season.

April 4, 2007, 08:54 AM
The most dangerous animal in North America is a bull moose during mating season.

You just say that after you've met my wife when her friend visits.

April 4, 2007, 10:12 AM
I'd like to try for a big bull elk one time, haven't had the opportunity so far. But Art's idea of a hunting camp with close friends, and my dad, would work very well too

April 4, 2007, 01:14 PM
American Bison/.50 cal. smoke poll.

April 4, 2007, 01:55 PM
The most dangerous animal in North America is a bull moose during mating season. Nope, I'd have to disagree. It's in the top five for sure, but I'd say the cow moose during calving makes the bull look pretty harmless by comparison.

April 4, 2007, 10:01 PM
Ok, my two cents. Art's idea of the camp and friends is a must. I have to stray away from the dangerous hunts. It is my last hunt, and I want to enjoy it. I would have to say Kansas Whitetail in a climbing treestand with a bow.

I would like to pass on a 235 lb. 12 point with 175 inches B&C. Sit for a while and drink in the moment and then harvest a mature doe.

The most pleasure I ever have hunting deer is sitting right above deer as they pass and they have no idea that I am there.

I have not passed on any bucks anywhere close to that size, but I would appreciate it the most.

To add the cherry to the top of this sundae dream, I would like to have my daughter in the stand to witness the whole thing.

Glenn Bartley
April 4, 2007, 10:13 PM
A manhunt would suit me best of all for my last hunt; and I mean that quite seriously. Nothing illegal, something along the lines of working a murder case, or hunting down a kidnapper or pedophile. Then again, some of my best hunts were for illegal aliens when I was in the Border Patrol. No shooting at the end of the hunt, just bag and release, but there was a certain excitement to tracking men through fields, down roads, into the desert and such that was exhilarating, especially when it was me chasing down numerous illegals at once. Catching bad guys has always been the most exciting hunt for me, but also the most boring depending on the situation. Still they are the most challenging and potentially dangerous types of hunt of which I am aware.

If, on the other hand, I was going to restrict this to game animals, then I would just ask my son what it was that he wanted to hunt, and I would go for that with him. Anything he would choose would be fine by me so long as he was my hunting partner. If he wanted me to choose, I would probably pick something like whitetail deer. There maybe tougher game animals, bigger ones, ones that taste better, ones that are smarter, but none that combine all the attributes of a great game animal into one beast as this one, not in the USA anyhow, in my opinion.

All the best,
Glenn B

April 4, 2007, 11:09 PM
I didn't realize this was fantasy hunt. I thought it was a species poll.:p

OK I'll play the fantasy hunt till I die game.

I start my last hunting trip in New Zealand hunting Red Stag, Ram and Rusa with all the great lease buddies and even a couple of the crazy ones. My wife becomes good friends with Nichole Kidman and invites her over for a dip in the hot tub while everybody else enjoys the game prepared by 5 star chefs....In Africa I take the grand slam with my father and my wife goes spelunking with Nicole and stumble into an undiscovered diamond mine (they aren't even bloody) I survive the hunt with a harrowing tale and a few stiches and a full body mount of cheetahs and lions who have decided to hunt in a bispecial pack technique that was never documented before (I get an emmy, noble prize, and Lombardy trophy for this gift to the world)....In Alaska I go to the far West (or is it East once you get that far) where the caribou roam. It's cold enough to kill the mosquitoes and make anatomy stand erect through T-shirts when the Sports Illustated Swim Suit Crew decides to shot on the very island I'm hunting....next I take on the Rain Forest and start with a Peacock Bass trip...blah blah blah....ending in Texas so as to touch root on my final leg of my final hunt. I take a the great, great, great grand puppys of the greatest GSP Newt hunting for quail...and all the meat is eaten and every mount is a record waiting to go the the Smithsonian after I depart.

What rifle and in what cartridge will I need? and what scope would be best for my final hunt. Should I carry a revovler? which cali.............

April 7, 2007, 11:16 AM
wolf.... just like in the intro of the movie enemy at the gates :p..

April 7, 2007, 11:42 AM
Oh yeah, I like fisherman's idea of taking friends to a NZ hunt - that sounds better than Africa or even North America to me - NZ sounds like a hunter's paradise...taking a big red stag with a bow, then having buds back at camp who also came back from a successful hunt, might just take the cake.

There was an episode of "Fantasy Island" one time (remember that show?) where the hunter's fantasy was to literally hunt down another man and kill him with a rifle - gave him a head start in the jungles. Now I forget what the fantasy of the "hunt-ee" guy was, since surely it would not have been to be hunted down! Looking back, it was probably a political statement from hollywood types, to make hunters look bad - I was just a kid. In the 70s, I think not too long after a re-release of Bambi in the theatres.

April 7, 2007, 11:55 AM
Have to agree, I like fisherman's way of thinking---that's a final hunt I'd like to be on! One of my friends just took his son to NZ last fall to hunt Red Stag with a bow--and the kid bagged a BEAUTY! Talk about a hunt of a lifetime... He had it processed and shipped back, and we had a real tasty BBQ come Christmas. That thing was easily as big as any elk I've ever shot... I like that idea too---almost as much as going after griz with a battle axe :D

April 7, 2007, 05:58 PM
My "final" hunt would be in Central Asia for an Ibex, a Durgestan Tur, and a Marco Polo Sheep. I'm 32 and have wanted to do this hunt for a long, long time. I'm certain this would be my last hunt as the altitude and terrain would most likely do me in. Regardless though, I can see it so vividly in my mind's eye: me, my 8x68S and some 200-gr. GS Custom HP loads, a guide, and . . .

April 7, 2007, 06:00 PM
Jaguar ...at night.

April 7, 2007, 09:21 PM
Jaguar ...at night.

Clearly a brave man and a last hunt! My last hunt was pronghorn, I may have to re-think my last harrah.

April 7, 2007, 09:27 PM

28 ga shotguns, dogs, great people to hunt with, and coveys of quail...

Respect the Quail - Ruark

April 7, 2007, 09:28 PM


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April 8, 2007, 09:10 PM
Whitetail in a stand with my dad. And if I have a kid at the time he/she would be there too.

April 9, 2007, 01:24 PM
That's easy, last hunt, Cape with a Handgun.

I'm going Bear hunting this year with the 44 Mag, working my way up to the Cape Buffalo. Other than a Cape the other game I'd like to take with a Handgun would be an African Lion.

The bgood camp with a good cook and friends is a must. One of my close friends is probably going to be doing his last hunt later this year. Him and his Son and Grandson are going to Africa. He needs a Hippo to complete his Big 5.


April 10, 2007, 06:07 AM
Wild turkey. Somewhere in the southeast or Texas. If not turkeys, then hogs in either of the mentioned locations.

April 13, 2007, 01:20 AM
Bighorn sheep or elk, if I could have anything. African game doesn't interest me at the moment with the state the world's in right now. Next to last I'd like to get a nice pronghorn. I know, I know, doesn't sound that novel, but I guess to me there's more inherent beauty in those three to me than other game I haven't hunted. I gather Dall sheep are a rather special treat as well.

April 13, 2007, 01:47 AM
How about Bill gates then maybe someone can really make microsoft work.Honestly though I think I would like to go moose hunting if I only had one more time

April 13, 2007, 02:31 PM
I would have to say anything where I could take my two boys, even though they are too young to go. I would like to try elk hunting.