- Sep 26, 2009
- Reaction score
- Member of
- SCI, RMEF, Life member NRA and Manhatten (Montana) Wildlife Association
- USA(CO,MT,WY,AK,TX), Canada(NWT,Saskatchewan,Quebec), Zimbabwe(Matetsi), RSA(Limpopo,KZN,Free State,Eastern Cape), New Zealand, Mozambique, Azerbaijan
So by this definition, the 5 pt bull elk that a friend of mine shot last week with his .22-250 was small game? Or that the three grizzly bears that a woman that I know killed in her sheep corral a few years ago with her .22-250 were also small game?I always thought of big game as anything you'd have to shoot with a .243 rifle or larger. That being US standards.
Like Bill Quimby stated, many states define by statute what big game animals are. Generally this starts with deer and pronghorn antelope. In fact, for some states, the whitetail deer may also be the biggest game animal that they have.
For record keeping, the Boone and Crockett Club's Records of North American Big Game lists animals from the Coues deer up. Roland Ward's Records of Big Game lists animals from Dik Dik, Dwarf antelope, and Grysbok up.
I guess my definition of big game animals would follow that of these record keeping organizations. Sub categories within this definition would be Dangerous Game or Plains Game.