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Right now, Dall Sheep... To me, high in the mountains in the most beautiful and wild places in the world, going after an animal with excellent hearing, smell, eyesight... WOW!!! There is no air any more refreshing than that of Brooks, Wrangells or Alaska ranges. Makes you wish it was sheep season all year long.
Of course, there is September on Kobuk, float hunting and calling for rut crazed monster bull moose in the land that time forgot...
There's also nothing like the sight of seeing thousands upon thousands of caribou clicking their way across the tundra and mountain passes, it's almost like the whole landscape is moving.
I've only had the opportunity to hunt elk in the Rockies once, and that was many years ago. Although I came home empty handed, I'd jump through hoops to do it all over again.
Bear hunting makes me break out in a cold sweat, I'll take a nice black bear if it's on berries while moose or caribou hunting, but prefer not to curse karma with the big browns...
And, I've hunted farmland whitetailed deer before. Slipping through the oak covered hills and hollows with both bow and rifle...
At this very moment, I'd have to go with Dall Sheep hunting, ask me right before my next trip down to Tennessee and I might tell you Farmland deer!!! Quail and rabbit hunting in Tennessee is just about enough to make me move there. Flushing quail make me jump higher than surprising ol' pigeon toe himself. What a rush. I've never hunted pronghorn antelope before, but I'm sure it's a grand time also. I can't wax poetic like most, sure wish I could, but invite all of you to try Sheep hunting in the Alaska mountains at least once.
As far as pure enjoyment of the hunt for me it is a toss up between P Dogs and Turkey. P Dogs because of the amount of shooting (ya, know some call it shooting not hunting), and for turkey, the joy of bringing a big one in is fantastic. BUT-as far as the thrill of it all, nothing will ever replace hunting Kodiak on the Alutions, fair chase hunt, no guide (was an Ak. resident then).
Have hunted just about every thin that I have
had the chance to go after, but the big bear was the one that still gets the heart pumping when I think about the kill of the big bear.
That was the main objective. Everybody has a least one interesting animal to hunt. So why not let other hunters know about your experience. ( I wonder if Marshall has some good stories. I hope not hunting donkeys).
You want some just plain fun....try groundhogs in the spring.....foot high grass ....a Colt 1911 .45ACP......just shuffle through the meadow until a hog decides to run for its hole.....take lots of ammo!
I get a huge thrill out of calling bull moose during the rut. You hear em coming sometimes for quite a while. All the time, as they get closer, I'm captured by the sounds their making and at the same time wondering "Is this the bull of the woods, or just something average?" It's best when one is really p-oe'd and thrashing heck out of bushes and branches. Those big palms seem to make a distinct sound that really gets me excited. What a thrill!
Ok, I am the odd ball here. My favorite would be Squirrel huntin!! Yes I know every bug that bites is usually around. However here in Indiana when season opens in mid August all the other critters are very active and you can sorta look at nature in very many ways. However when Im up my stand in november its strictly deer huntin only!! With squirrel huntin you get the chance to look around at the scenery and observe many other things that are not around during deer season (except lots of squirrels) and while squirrel huntin is the prime time I take to do some pre-season scouting for archery season that opens first week of october. However if there is another that I enjoy the same it would be ole Tom turkey. Six more weeks and counting!!
I am sure many of us will have to vote on this according to budget as I have not yet hunted Alaska or Africa, but, here on this continent my vote has to be for big ole bull elk in the deep, dark timber.
I'd have to say my favorite is hunting hogs in the hills of California. A different firearm each time: revolver (with dogs), bolt action, single shot, muzzleloader, and next time the lever gun. In Fall and Spring the hills are beautiful, and the meat is mighty tasty.
The biggest challenge was hunting elk in the mountains of northern Utah. The memories of going up the mountain on horseback at dawn, the awesome views, the cow calls, and the bugling answer of a big bull still makes my hair stand up.
To cap it off the shot made at 340 yards (by rangefinder) to bring down my first.
Lordy how do you pick just one. If'n I had to pick I gotta agree with the gentleman from Alaska, only why limit it to Dall, I have only gotten to hunt sheep once ( Lost River Mtns. saw nothing legal, time limit for next draw is up, tryin again this year)
But I gotta go with sheep. VERY smart, physically challanging to get to, & probably give you a shooting [accuracy, wind & range estimation] challange equal to no other. Best of all, the road hunter crowd can't get within miles.
If I was rich- I'd be a full time sheep hunter.
Upon further reading of the question, I'll remain w/ hunting bull moose as my favorite. But for most challenging I'll without any doubt cast my vote for a Northern Maine Whitetail buck that's at least 3 1/2 years old. I've never hunted out of Maine, so I don't have the experience to compare very many different critters. See Ya
They probably don't qualify as being extremely challenging, but my favorite would be Canada Geese. Nothing like seeing a group lock their wings to settle into your dekes in a snow covered, picked bean field. Quite a thrill when they land right on top of you!
Wow there are some great animals all you guys have hunted. I too like squirrel. But right now my favorite is hunting whitetails with a bow. I just got a new bow and cant wait to use it later this year. But the animal I would love to hunt for is the Pronghorn. To me that would be awesome.
While I'd never miss a season for hunting those big Maine whitetail bucks or calling in a bull moose; I'd have to say there's just nothing like hunting snowshoe hare on fresh snow with a good pack of beagles. Bobcat hunting with hounds is just the same but on a bigger scale. Our hare season lasts 6 months and every minute of it is action packed. None of the stress of deer hunting, just pure fun!
I have a Great Northern Ghost Recurve (kind of a hybrid recurve-longbow) that I've used on Caribou and deer up here. You are right it is a riot. Just something about having the rifle in my hands while in the back of beyond though, especially on the sheep hunt.
Bill, I know a lot of folks that prefer caribou above all else, not me though. I don't know if it's the idea and all the hard work and the aura around the sheep hunt, but I that's what I prefer. These Alaskan Blacktailed are great too. They don't have tallow like the whitetailed deer, they are loaded with fat and are very very tasty. I would prefer moose, but after killing one of these creatures you eat moose in every which way possible, every meal for a long long time before all of it is consumed. After about 300 pounds of it, it starts to get a little old. I do like it though, and consume every ounce. Bear meat is delicious too, provided you take them while they are on berries or just after hibernation (get before they consume too much skunk cabbage or any carrion). Bear meat is really really good, I have to pass if it's been gorging on salmon though. I do like cottontail rabbit, grouse, quail and ptarmigan too. Never did care too much for doves, but a big barbeque of dove breast wrapped in bacon right after a 2-box dove shoot (yeah, it takes me about 2 boxes to get anywhere near limit on doves with my Savage 310) is pretty good.
I think all of it is great, though I haven't hunted hogs, Pdogs or Pronghorn, I'd sure like too. I would do everything I could to get in on a good cut over corn field pheasant hunt.
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