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March 27, 2009, 10:47 PM
There are many threads and polls here asking about what we enjoy hunting. It seems that most of the members here have several species they pursue.

There are also many threads asking folks about the one gun they would have if they were limited to one. I enjoy reading the posts on these topics.

I decided to combine the two. What if for some reason you were limited to hunting for one species this year? What would you hunt for? In other words, if you had to give up all hunting expect for one, this would be it? I am not talking about going hunting just once, but hunting just one type of game animal. The hunting would allow the bag limit and last as long as the legal season does.

March 27, 2009, 11:04 PM
Hogs, you can hunt them all year long and some people will PAY!

Gut'em, throw a bag of ice in the hole and get'em to a cooler. The local Hispanics will pay $1.25 a lb. under 100 lbs. and $1 for anything over.

Hunt AND get paid. Does it get any better?

March 28, 2009, 12:19 AM
Tough call.

I really enjoy the Pronghorn Antelope hunt. However, it's not much of a 'hunt'. It's more like a treasure hunt:
1. Find antelope from 1000-3000 yards away.
2. Attempt to close the gap to 600 or less with a vehicle.
3. Attempt to close the gap further, on foot. (This usually results in returning to the vehicle, and starting over at step 1.)
4. Tag and Bag
5. Return home the same day.

The real hunt is our Elk hunt. Tons of fun, lots of effort and real hunting skill required, and quite a payoff. However, the last few years have given us some deplorable weather... weather so bad the Elk were impossible to track down.

Antelope hunt.... Tee shirt and jeans....
Elk hunt.... freezing rain, and wet clothes....

Tough call.

March 28, 2009, 01:05 AM
I'd spend the whole month of September sneaking around the elk woods squeaking and bugling for cows and bulls, trying to get any of them close enough to stick an arrow in. We already do it for two weeks, and the only thing that would be better would be another couple of weeks.:) jd

March 28, 2009, 01:08 AM
Whitetail. I'm getting lazy in my older years!


March 28, 2009, 07:49 AM
That is a tough one. But, it would have to be Mule deer. I have never enjoyed any hunting so much. I think it is the type of terrain they inhabit. Big high bluff's, with sage everywhere. Juniper's, and pine tree's in the mix. Not knowing after an all morning hike, if there will be a big buck just over the rise. Looking across a big open sage valley, and seeing a big buck looking up at you. Now you got me going. Mule deer!!!

March 28, 2009, 08:05 AM
Coues deer.

I could hunt them here in Arizona, again in New Mexico, and...er...no; I'm not going south of the border this year. To much trouble down there.

Arizona and New Mexico would have to do; they're they only states in the US where they're found.


March 28, 2009, 08:51 AM
....What if for some reason you were limited to hunting for one species this year? What would you hunt for?

Whitetails.....still searching for that 200+ rack.


March 28, 2009, 09:01 AM
Mule deer, trying to beat the one I've already have.


March 28, 2009, 09:05 AM
Archery antelope hands down....

March 28, 2009, 11:12 AM
Hog doggin... Cuz my dogs need some exercise and they often trash on other critters so I get to hedge my play a little...:rolleyes:

Dr. Strangelove
March 28, 2009, 12:26 PM
Whitetails.....still searching for that 200+ rack.

Me too! My favorite hunting by far, as a matter of fact, some of the guys and I will be going out tonight to the favorite nocturnal habitat of the whitetail to search them out. We practice more of a "catch and release" type of hunting though.:cool:

March 28, 2009, 01:15 PM
I almost reflexively said deer. But I was thinking a while back that I haven't been goose hunting in at least ten years. Washington has a bunch of geese to shoot at. We have a four a day bag limit for Canadian honkers and they taste pretty darn good.
So if it was just for one year then geese it is.

March 28, 2009, 01:40 PM
Archery hunting elk.......Just nothing like watching from a high area as they work their way up on an early foggy morning, Love the dead silence of no cars, phones or other people, with the only noise of cow chatter and the bugle of the big nasty in control of the herd in September. Their is no question in my mind this will make me live longer. :D

March 28, 2009, 02:20 PM
Whitetail Deer

March 28, 2009, 02:45 PM
Hogs if we had more around.
Same with rabbit.
So I'm going with squirrel. Long season, multiple methods and they're tasty little treats.

March 28, 2009, 09:34 PM
The high mountain hunts are my favorite and they taste better than anything I've ever had.

March 29, 2009, 03:16 PM
Tough call........it would either be coon or coyotes. Coon are easier and numbers are there, coyote are more of a chalenge and are open all year. But truth be known, go ahead and limit me to one species. Ya see, I cheat!! :D

March 29, 2009, 04:52 PM
1) only animal I could hunt BEAR! and if you limited me to 1 species black bear. (cause I only have to drive 30mins away till im in the bush with black bear country)
2)Only rifle I could use my 45-70 lever action marlin!
You can see the smile on my face their!

Ill just add that I dont bait bear, its illegal in my province for good reason, it aint called hunting if your bring'n it supper!

March 29, 2009, 09:52 PM
any questions?

March 29, 2009, 10:01 PM
"Dall Sheep


The high mountain hunts are my favorite and they taste better than anything I've ever had."

Oops, I forgot 1/2 the answer... I'd be using my Tikka T3 Lite in 30-06

March 29, 2009, 11:12 PM

March 30, 2009, 07:06 AM
a7mmnut posted,
Whitetail. I'm getting lazy in my older years!

That is why I will pick Ruffed Grouse (Thunder Chicken's) for me, and this is an easy game bird to hunt with the youngsters.

March 30, 2009, 02:29 PM
+1 to bow hunting elk.

My success rate is 0, but that is the best hunt all year for me. And someday one will be stupid enough for even me to tag...:D

March 30, 2009, 07:24 PM
Waterfowl!! But that's more than one species...:D

March 30, 2009, 07:27 PM
eastern wild turkey

March 30, 2009, 07:43 PM
ELK.........99% of the time there is nothing easy about hunting them :mad: but the payoff is great and I enjoy the fact you have to really hunt them, they are smart. Mule deer and Proghorn tie for second place, but Elk are the top for me.

March 30, 2009, 09:42 PM
My one species would be elk, although it would be closely followed by antelope. The elk hunt is more of a hunt to me, and requires more prep and effort to be successfull, and I think if I could do only one, it would be more rewarding than the other hunts I do.

March 30, 2009, 09:49 PM
My vote is hogs as well. Can hunt them year round, no limit, and if you want to, hunt them at night.

Deer hunting is a very, very, very close second, though.;)

March 30, 2009, 09:57 PM
I think if we had hogs in my area my choice might be different. I'm going to have to go hunt some, it sounds like it's a blast..........How well do they tolerate cold weather? Like 10 degrees F and snow, just curious?

March 30, 2009, 10:20 PM
Cornbush, Given food and water available they can live ANYWHERE... They are in 40 of the 50 states now. We farmed "pink pigs" as a kid in an unheated Michigan barn and we did lose a few piglets if they didn't get under the heat lamp when born but even after just a week or 2 they could easily handle 0* temps. Wild hogs have a rather thick coat of hair compared to barnyard swine.
You can actually grab a fist full of hair to hold them down.:eek: Anytime you end up stuck in the southeast we can get you on a hog doggin' hunt...;)

March 31, 2009, 10:11 PM
From a hunting stand point I would love to have some here. But I don't want the crop depredation on the farmers who would pay the price for it. If I ever head that way I'll get ahold of ya, sounds like an absolute riot.:)