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Turkeys and Hogs, Big Game ?
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Contributors to this thread:
sheds 26-Jan-24
Bake 26-Jan-24
Bake 26-Jan-24
ahunter55 26-Jan-24
Beendare 26-Jan-24
GFL 26-Jan-24
x-man 26-Jan-24
bowhunt 26-Jan-24
sheds 26-Jan-24
Dino 26-Jan-24
Lawdog 26-Jan-24
bentstick54 26-Jan-24
t-roy 26-Jan-24
Lawdog 26-Jan-24
Rock 26-Jan-24
PushCoArcher 26-Jan-24
drycreek 26-Jan-24
Ziek 26-Jan-24
sheds 27-Jan-24
fuzzy 27-Jan-24
Grey Ghost 27-Jan-24
pav 27-Jan-24
From: sheds
26-Jan-24
I`m sure this has been discussed before, but i`m just curious what other bowsiters opinions are, big game or not?

From: Bake
26-Jan-24
My opinion, based on nothing other than how I feel :)

Turkeys--No.

Hogs, javelinas, bobcats, lynx--Yes.

No rational basis. Just what I think

From: Bake
26-Jan-24
I'll go one further:

Ostrich--yes.

The tiny antelopes of Africa--yes

Caracal--yes

The other small cats of Africa, like genet, serval, wildcat, etc.--No.

I know I'm weird

From: ahunter55
26-Jan-24

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Me Turkey, No but a challenge for sure. Hogs, yes, Big bad arse biggame if & when you get charged by one (I have several times)

From: Beendare
26-Jan-24
Stalking hogs with a bow is about as much fun as as guy can have- except maybe Carp shooting.

Hogs are ideal for bowhunters.

Turkeys and grouse are great bowhunting species but I would classify as bird hunting- not big game.

From: GFL
26-Jan-24
Elk/yes yes Deer/yes or no

From: x-man
26-Jan-24
It doesn't matter what we think. Our state defines them as "big game" if you need a tag for one, and "small game" if you need a license and there's a daily limit. Yotes, coons, ect... are varmints and not classified as "game".

From: bowhunt
26-Jan-24
Birds=not big game

Pigs=yes

From: sheds
26-Jan-24
When you hunt turkeys as a non-resident you pay big game prices. So when I hunt turkeys in Nebraska they are big game, and my Colorado turkeys are small game ! HA HA

From: Dino
26-Jan-24
I’m with Beendare! That makes perfect sense!

From: Lawdog
26-Jan-24
I certainly put as much effort into both. I've an upcoming pig hunt-----then turkey a little more than a month later. The only difference is how much effort it takes to get them back to the truck.

26-Jan-24
Turkeys, I don’t care, I could lean either way.

Hogs, HELL NO. Hogs are like a plague and need to be eradicated. Why put an increased value on them.

From: t-roy
26-Jan-24
I’d say turks……no

hogs….yes

From: Lawdog
26-Jan-24
Bentstick-they taste good. A bit of trivia I heard awhile back from the game biologists. You have to kill 80% of the pig population in an area each year just to maintain the current population level. That is a lot of pigs. I don't think eradication is even possible.

From: Rock
26-Jan-24
Big Game???

Big Fun,YES!!!!!!

From: PushCoArcher
26-Jan-24
I guess I'd call Turkey big game. Certainly hunted more like big game then upland or small game. Pigs definitely.

From: drycreek
26-Jan-24
I don’t know that I would call a 25 pound turkey big game, but a 150 lb hog is big game, and a 250 lb one is not only bigger game, he’s pretty damn gamey too !

From: Ziek
26-Jan-24
Turkeys - yes. They are licensed like big game, restricted harvest like big game (more so than deer in some states), hunted like big game, even have a scoring system.

Hogs - maybe. Many are trapped and released into high fence where they are fed just enough to keep them alive as long as they come into feeders. Managed like vermin. True, fair chase wild ones are different. But not many are hunted that way.

From: sheds
27-Jan-24
Big Fun for sure Ron! but if I had to give my opinion it would be hogs yes and turkeys yes for the same reasons Ziek stated. I love elk hunting and have packed my share, and hunting turkeys is a miniature spring elk hunt, and the pack out is a pleasure.

From: fuzzy
27-Jan-24
Virginia considers turkey big game. I really don't. Hogs are vermin. Tasty, tasty fun to hunt vermin.

From: Grey Ghost
27-Jan-24
I’m curious why it matters?

From: pav
27-Jan-24
No and No...birds and feral game.

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