View Full Version : Whats YOUR big 5?

Irish B
February 29, 2012, 09:06 AM
Money aside what tops the list as your top 5 dream hunts before you die?

February 29, 2012, 02:12 PM
Whitetail/Mexico. Warthog/Africa. That's all really for me. I love hunting here in Texas/ hogs , whitetail and squirrels. Forgot them coyotes too!

February 29, 2012, 02:21 PM
Moose in Alaska, whitetails in Texas, hogs in Texas (combo with the whitetail), pronghorn in Wyoming, and black bear in Canada. I'm not a big dreamer, but those all sound like great fun. I'm a NM native, so we have very few whitetails, but we have elk, mulies, and tons of small game. Bird hunting is good down south. Pigs haven't made it here in the numbers texas has yet, and I hope they don't, but if they do, I'll be doing my best to repel the invasion. Up in northern NM there are reported sightings and rumors of pigs, but nothing substantial. Down south, they're seeing them. I like hunting stuff I can kill in quantity and eat. I can shoot all the rock squirrels I want, but they don't look like good eating, based on the diet.

February 29, 2012, 02:46 PM
Elk, gazelle, a 20lb rabbit, kodiak brown bear, and yotes from out west.

February 29, 2012, 02:56 PM
Desert sheep, Stones' Sheep, Dall Sheep....Only if money is no object!:D

Then Alaskan Brown Bear and Alsaka/Youkon Moose.

February 29, 2012, 04:19 PM
Only ugly or bothersome animals, I'm still a softy for purdy ones.

I think it be fun to hunt the mystery animals or find rare ones not necessary to kill any I think it'd be fun.

February 29, 2012, 05:15 PM
Sasquatch, Loch ness monster, chupacabra, yeti, unicorn.

Hey I live in Iowa, record buck taken here, got wild turkeys in the feed lot, quail out back of my place and pheasants to boot.

Whitetail/Mexico Brother in law (he is from mexico) says they can and do use spotlites at night....

Otheer brother in law is from Africa, he goes back twice a year wants me to tag along some time. Says he will take me on a real hunt, no guns either..

February 29, 2012, 06:52 PM
Just a nice big whitetail in the 180's range.

February 29, 2012, 06:57 PM
#1 Kodiak Coastal Brown Bear
As soon as I get stationed in Kodiak again, this will become a reality. I struck out the few times I went hunting for them when I was up there before, but managed to scout some really good spots while going "backup" for a couple buddies.

#2 Alaskan Moose
Either in the Fairbanks/North Central area or maybe the Kenai Peninsula.

#3 Caribou
Adak Island. 'Nuff said.

#4 Musk Ox
Probably somewhere in the Nome or Port Clarence area.

#5 Arctic Wolf
I definitely wouldn't mind having a dozen harvest tickets in my pocket on the AKPEN...

I'll stay away from Africa and leave it for the crazy-brave and foolhardy. Too many dang things that can kill you over there before you even see them... :eek:

#6 (Honorable Mention) A Missouri whitetail-sized Sitka Blacktail isn't too much to ask is it? ;):o

February 29, 2012, 09:23 PM
#1. One day years ago I saw some strange brown thing in the edge of the woods from across a field......looked like it was about the size of a small station wagon, both in length and height. I've always called it the "big brown hoppy thing" because it was kind of bouncing there for the 2 or 3 seconds that I saw it. I'd love to hunt that thing, what ever it was. I went to where I saw it and never found any tracks or sign, my buds all said I was making it up but I know what I saw dang it!

#2. If I had the arm and skill, I'd love to spear hunt for Elk.

#3. Saw a deer running one afternoon while driving that looked like it must have been half horse or something, that thing was HUGE. Would love to have a chance at that one.

#4. Giant squid, but as with all things, only fair chase. Haven't figured out the logistics though..........

Oh, and #5, the Queen Alien, would make one heck of a mount. ;)

.......more seriously, I'd love to put a hurtin' on the local coyotes, apparently I have zero skill when it comes to those PITA's. :mad:

February 29, 2012, 10:02 PM
1 An occelated turkey
2 Elk in Colorado
3 Whitetail in Iowa
4 A Lion in Africa
5 A Rhino but a bowkill! Gonna have to order some new 100lb limbs ;)

March 1, 2012, 02:31 AM
Dream hunts? In no particular order:
Caribou in Alaska
Marco Polo sheep in Mongolia
Musk deer in SE Asia
Buffalo in Africa
Chamois in the Alps
Moose in NW Territories

Shall I keep going? Instead I settle for:
Grouse in WA
Pheasant in WA
Coyotes in WA
Deer in WA
Elk in WA
etc, etc.

March 1, 2012, 08:19 PM
1. Bison Bison
2. Cape Buffalo
3. Boar
4. Whitetail
5. Pronghorn.

I've hunted both whitetail and antelope and would really like to hunt the other 3 at some point.

March 1, 2012, 09:39 PM
1: Hippo, on land, up close
2: Cape Buffalo
3: Warthog
4: 500lb+ Russian boar
5: Bobcat

That would do it for me right now. The only one I'm ever likely to see is the Bobcat, no luck yet though.

March 1, 2012, 10:17 PM
1) Alaskan Moose
2) Labrador Caribou
3) Desert Bighorn
4) Dall's Sheep
5) Stone Sheep

All with archery gear

March 1, 2012, 11:02 PM
1. First year hunter this past season. I'd love to limit on both snow geese and ducks on the same day out at the Wister Unit on the Salton Sea.
2. Deer (any large mammal for that matter) back in Montana with my brother.
3. Pig- any wild pig, anywhere that won't charge me to hunt.
4. Eurasian doves- if I can find a place with a ton of them here in California, it would be a lot of fun because there is no limit.
5. Anything in Arizona/Southern swamps with someone who knows the area.

Irish B
March 1, 2012, 11:50 PM
I want to dart for research. Probably one of the most dangerous ways of shooting an animal.

1. Amur Tiger
2. Amur Leopard
3. Pantanal Jaguar
4. African Elephant
5. African Lion

March 2, 2012, 10:43 AM
I made my list, then checked the endangered species list...
Probably going to try for elephant and brown bear at some point.

March 2, 2012, 11:11 AM
I don't have big dreams:

Mountain Lion
Grey Fox
Black Bear
Whitetail with a centerfire rifle.
On certains days Antelope may make my top 5 too. Probably replace mountain lion.

But if I go to my grave having done none of these than it's no skin off my back. I'm fine with my Iowa whitetails, coon, coyotes, fox, small game, etc etc.


March 4, 2012, 10:52 AM
alaska moose
alaska kodiak
hells canyon big horn sheep(might actually have a chance to do that one)
africa gazelle or impala
Louisiana Cajun gator hunt

March 4, 2012, 07:53 PM
Marco Polo Sheep
Bongo (my most beautiful animal)
Trophy Non-typical Mule Deer with my family along

March 4, 2012, 09:38 PM
My aspirations are pretty basic.

At home in Nebraska,

Not too exciting, but I gotta start somewhere, and it may as well be tasty when I do :D

Texas piggies
Alaska moose

March 4, 2012, 10:03 PM
These will never happen unless I win the lottery but here goes... (all rifle hunts)

1. Red Stag in New Zealand

2. Caribou with Leaf River Outfitters

3. New Mexico (or Colorado or almost anywhere) Elk hunt

4. Montana mule deer hunt

5. Wyoming antelope hunt

I hunt the best leased land in Wisconsin for whitetail every fall so didn't put that down. One of these years I'll have a monster because they're in there.

I have no burning desire to hunt Africa or Alaska anymore. If I didn't have sarcoidosis and diabetes (and deaf as a doornail) I'd hunt Alaska for dahl sheep but it's too late for that. And I can't see shooting elephants, lions and stuff like that. Maybe a kudu.

March 5, 2012, 08:06 AM
For me, all hunts are dream hunts. I've loved every one and look forward to the next. I would like to make it to New Zealand for the Red Stag and to Africa for a lot of Antelope species. The only "dangerous" game that would be on my list is the Cape Buffalo. As for here in NA, I can't think of one that I havn't harvested through out all the years with the exception of 1, the Buffalo.

March 5, 2012, 11:25 AM
#1 African Lion- Not over bait either, doing it safari style like Hemingway!
#2 Coastal Brown bear
#3 A BIG elk, like 380+
#4 Gemsbok I think it's the most beautiful animal out there
#5 Mountain lion over hounds

Alternates: Would also love getting a leopard, kudu, spot and stalk black bear, or a moose. Realistically though, I hope to have the elk, black bear, and mountain lion. And if my wife ever stops spending money like a minority president I'll get a gemsbok and kudu!

March 5, 2012, 11:36 AM
dangit warbirdlover, you just reminded me of how much I want to go on a stag hunt....Tahunua001's big 5 currently up for review.

March 5, 2012, 03:43 PM
Red stag-New Zealand
Lion-Africa (where??)
Brown bear-AK

Either one is replaceable w/ the elusive blacktail right here in my home state. While I've hunted for them, TAKING one is still yet a dream.


March 5, 2012, 04:45 PM
I've hunted dern near everything I wanted in my life. There is only one critter I want to hunt before I give up the ghost, a feral hog. I want to hunt, shoot and eat it. I've a friend in TX who's invited me for a hunt any time I'd like to so I've got to get off my duff and take him up on it. I'd like to shoot an elk too. Hunted but never shot one.

March 5, 2012, 06:31 PM
Moose, Big Horn Sheep, Caribou, and maybe mountain goat. I got both the local elk and deer.

Deja vu
March 5, 2012, 11:49 PM
Id like to hunt, Kodiak, American Buffalo, Crocodile, those tiny deer in Africa, Caribou

Double J
March 6, 2012, 12:02 AM
My big 5 would have to be those five squirrels with a muzzleloader. "5" being the daily limit here.

March 6, 2012, 03:53 PM
180 class white tail

Jack O'Conner
March 24, 2012, 11:32 AM
Spain for fallow deer and barbary sheep.

Argentina for red stag and blackbuck antelope.

New Foundland, Canada for moose, caribou, and bear.

Texas for addax and symitar horned oryx.

New Mexico for gemsbok, mule deer, and elk.


March 24, 2012, 11:52 PM
1. Big bull elk 350+
2. A nice big buck; muley or coues.
3. Bear called in with varmint calls, in stuff so thick I have <50 yds visibility.
4. Mt. lion
5. AZ antelope

If I do all these things I'll be very happy. So far I've done none of them. I've shot plenty of "meat" deer/elk but no trophies. I'm mostly a meat hunter so I'm kinda happy either way. A trophy animal would be awesome, but any hunt backed up by a barbecue is good enough for me.

How could I forget bigfoot! If I get one, I'm taking the feet to Tucson for my Mexican friends to cook for me. They do feet good as they can be done, at least with hogs :p

March 25, 2012, 03:08 AM
Have yet to get out and shoot anything i can eat, skin or mount yet so my aspirations are pretty low. Some hunts i think would be fun though...

1. Hogs. My duty as a Texan to kill and eat hogs, I think.
2. Whitetail with one of those 30-06 double rifles.
3. Squirrels with a .50 caliber muzzleloader, "barking" them Davy Crockett-style.

Someone on here once mentioned his dream was to bow-hunt the African Big 5. he said it "would be exciting". Frankly, i must agree.

March 25, 2012, 06:39 AM
Elk in New Mexico Indian land.
an American Bison anywhere.
Any African plains game.
Mule deer in eastern Colorado or Montana.
Whitetail in Kansas (big whitetail)