Feeling a little bloodthirsty and have a few bucks to spare? If so, big game hunting may just be the perfect hobby for you. This is different from regular hunting as the focus is on much larger animals and it is normally done with the intention of bagging some kind of a trophy rather than for food.
Big game hunting is legal in many countries like Canada, Italy and Croatia and is very popular in many states like Alaska, Texas and the Dakota’s. The animals that fall into this category may include boar, buffalo, lion, bear, deer and antelope. Those against the practice take exception to the fact that the fur, skin or antlers are often kept by hunters as trophies, branding it immoral. But, for those that do enjoy the sport sometimes suggest that some of these animals benefit from being culled to help limit their population.
Whether you loathe it or love it there is no question that big game hunting is indeed big business. To follow are a few suggestions on which animals are fair game and where to hunt them.
For grizzly or brown bears then you really should head to Alaska; you are required to buy a big game license. Since there are so many different and strict game hunting laws here your best bet is to go through a guide or a registered agency that can organize the trip for you.
If Cape buffalo is something you may be interested in the Zimbabwe, Africa would be the best locale. Although not an endangered species there are some countries that have it listed as protected so be sure to check with the local authorities before starting out.
If a wolf trophy sounds appealing then head to Russia where wolf season is open year round but the best time to practice big game hunting is in January through February. If you go in January you can also combine some wild boar hunts in with your wolf hunting.
Due to its very controversial nature and so much opposition against it be sure to adhere to all laws, rules and regulations to avoid giving big game hunting a worse name.