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Title: Try This Question On for Size.
Post by: bohicajuan on October 29, 2009, 08:11:37 PM
This is the Big Game Board.

We know that a moose, a bear an elephant an antelope ALL qualify as Big Game.

So here's the question...

What is the Smallest animal you would consider to be big game.

I'm actually being serious on this question.

I say that wild turkey and javelina are the smallest Big Game.

What say you?
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Post by: 2Nutz on October 30, 2009, 12:07:09 AM
I would go with the javelina Bo.  O0 It is in some cases smaller than a tom turkey! :shock:
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Post by: Jenny on October 30, 2009, 08:10:04 AM
I would have to agree with you bo, but I don't think turkey should be in that class. They need there own class.
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Post by: John Andrews on October 30, 2009, 09:58:19 AM
I would have to agree with you bo, but I don't think turkey should be in that class. They need there own class.
Dang turkeys should be on varmint list.

Hogs are the new "whitetail" in many areas and should be on the list.
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Post by: born-to-hunt on October 30, 2009, 11:09:04 AM
I would say javelina or this animal I forget the name of but it is in africa and is very small and only gets spikes for antlers.
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Post by: jonnythehunter1 on October 30, 2009, 04:54:42 PM
how about that record 75 lbs racoon? or just coyotes?
I would say javelina or this animal I forget the name of but it is in africa and is very small and only gets spikes for antlers.
you mean the dik-dik?
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Post by: Juandogg on October 30, 2009, 07:38:09 PM
Id say bobcat  damn things know some dirty tricks to keep from gettin treed
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Post by: John Andrews on October 30, 2009, 11:07:49 PM
Id say bobcat  damn things know some dirty tricks to keep from gettin treed
I would agree with that! They are pretty slick except when they hang out on the roads at work. I am going to quit braking for them. They eat too many squirrels and small game. :tickedoff
Title: Re: Try This Question On for Size.
Post by: born-to-hunt on October 31, 2009, 10:47:44 AM
how about that record 75 lbs racoon? or just coyotes? you mean the dik-dik?

I think so
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Post by: 2Nutz on October 31, 2009, 11:37:16 AM
Bobcat and coon arnt big game, their furbearers.  :roll: ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Juandogg on October 31, 2009, 05:52:21 PM
Last time i checked deer and bear had fur to
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Post by: johndeere540 on November 01, 2009, 09:36:31 PM
I say turkey. But I don't think i would consider a javelin as big game cause if i remember correct it is actually part of the rodent family i read somewhere. Same as a peccary.
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Post by: 2Nutz on November 01, 2009, 09:52:06 PM
Last time i checked deer and bear had fur to
Yes we all got hair, but you dont set traps (legally) to catch deer and bear, moose and elk, pronhorn and goats! (except) pigs,and they shouldnt be classed with big game, theres not a regular season for them!
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Post by: Juandogg on November 02, 2009, 06:25:02 AM
Why is it nutz has to make a simple question that asks opions so complicated. and my opion is still bobcat
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Post by: John Andrews on November 02, 2009, 08:05:29 AM
Yeh, bobcats and lions.
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Post by: nOnAmE on November 02, 2009, 08:26:48 AM
I'm gonna have to agree with nutz on this one. :shock:
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Post by: Big58cal on November 02, 2009, 09:38:01 AM
Turkeys I would classify as big game, but hogs.... both yes and no.  Regular domestic hogs that have gone wild, no.  Russian boars, yes.

Turkeys are kind of on the borderline though.  I think a lot of it has to do with the bag limits.  Stuff with a high bag limit people don't generally classify as "big game" (even though they may be 'big'), whereas stuff where you can only take 1-2 animals are generally classified as big game.
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Post by: bohicajuan on November 02, 2009, 09:48:05 PM
I'm pretty sure javelina aren't rodents. They have hooves and that would tend to eliminate them from the rat family.

Hunters call them javelina, but their real name is peccary. The one's found in the US are called collared peccary. There is a subspecies in Mexico and central america called the white lip peccary.

I've hunted the collared in Texas and seen the white lip in Mexico and can't really tell them apart.

I guess what I was going for here is that size is not always an indicator on what different states call their game animals.

The county in Texas I killed my javelina in considered them non-game. But, two counties over they were game animals.

I think giving turkey big game status has more to do with money for licenses and perceptions from people who hunt them than anything else.



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Post by: John Andrews on November 03, 2009, 09:29:50 AM
I agree with bo, a man of great wisdom.  O0
 I don't consider turkeys as big game. In fact, I detest them. But, I know I am a minority with this opinion. I would classify them as varmints and you could shoot them like regular varmints.
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Post by: 2Nutz on November 03, 2009, 10:06:54 AM
Hey now! they make great salad sanmichs! O0 But yes I consider them as foul! Not in the big game cookbook! O0
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Post by: Jenny on November 03, 2009, 04:24:11 PM
Everyone has a good point, but when they say "big Game", I think of big animals. Not small game.  :roll:   :)
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Post by: jonnythehunter1 on November 03, 2009, 07:25:26 PM
I agree with bo, a man of great wisdom.  O0
 I don't consider turkeys as big game. In fact, I detest them. But, I know I am a minority with this opinion. I would classify them as varmints and you could shoot them like regular varmints.
why do you hate turkeys? ive herd them before but never seen em.
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Post by: John Andrews on November 04, 2009, 09:27:17 AM
why do you hate turkeys? ive herd them before but never seen em.
Because they are tasteless big balls of feathers that play chicken with our patrol vehicles and alarm game we hunt. They also greatly affect  smaller game bird chicks and habitat. 
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Post by: bohicajuan on November 04, 2009, 09:29:12 PM
Because they are tasteless big balls of feathers that play chicken with our patrol vehicles and alarm game we hunt. They also greatly affect  smaller game bird chicks and habitat. 

And the funny thing is that there's more turkey today and have spread into places they were never native to.

Looks like they've taken over many states they were almost extinct in twenty years ago.
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Post by: John Andrews on November 05, 2009, 10:32:22 AM
And the funny thing is that there's more turkey today and have spread into places they were never native to.

Looks like they've taken over many states they were almost extinct in twenty years ago.
They sure have. In many areas where the turkeys are doing well, other game bird populations suffer greatly.
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Post by: jonnythehunter1 on November 05, 2009, 09:17:10 PM
They sure have. In many areas where the turkeys are doing well, other game bird populations suffer greatly.
here turkeys were extirpated in the early 1900's then an action from odnr put turkeys here. again. now we have them in all 88 counties.
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Post by: John Andrews on November 08, 2009, 09:06:58 AM
They should allow free turkey hunting and pay a bounty on each one killed.
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Post by: Jenny on November 09, 2009, 09:15:08 AM
They should allow free turkey hunting and pay a bounty on each one killed.

I nominate that for a new rule!  O0
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Post by: ray40cal on November 09, 2009, 11:49:42 AM
I wouldnt call turkey a big or small game. You can cut their head off with an arrow, but a big one can feed a family for several days.  I saw a big flock of turkeys on the way to platte city, MO there were like 10 of them at least, none of them were small. They are all over NW Arkansas and SW Missouri too, i see flocks of them driving down there.   Big game i'd consider anything a centerfire rifle would be choice for, but is harvested for good table fare. Feral hogs, deer, and kittens.
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Post by: Jenny on November 10, 2009, 08:02:09 PM
I wouldnt call turkey a big or small game. You can cut their head off with an arrow, but a big one can feed a family for several days.

Ray has a point here  ???  O0