Are you tired of hunting boring ol’ whitetail deer? If you are in the mood to take on the challenge of a new and different type of hunt, we have some ideas for you.
There are some truly weird animals to hunt in the US that can be a ton of fun. You may even have a few of these animals near your own backyard. That’s great news because many people still aren’t making long-distance travel plans due to Covid-19 just yet.
Let’s look at some of the wildest game critters you can bag on a hunt in the US. Isn’t it time for a hunting road trip?
The Javelina is a jaunty little wild-looking pig that is usually found out in the west in places like New Mexico or Arizona. You can hunt them in the spring and fall seasons with lots of luck since their breeding usually lasts all year long. They can be aggressive when cornered though, so keep in mind that if you get near a pack of them, they might charge you. Oh and by the way — they aren’t part of the pig family, they are considered a “collared peccary,” which is related to the hippo species.
Another fun animal to hunt in New Mexico is the Ibex. These goat-like creatures have males that grow giant curved horns. They are dramatic looking and fierce as they run through rugged mountainous terrain. If you are looking for a challenging hunt, go for the Ibex. They are hunted through a draw each year that the New Mexico Game and Fish runs.
This little bird is part of the pheasant family. They are mostly found in Nevada after being introduced there in the 60s. Adult birds end up being five to seven pounds, but their long necks and beautiful feathers make them fun to hunt. You can’t slay a bunch of them though because there is a two bird limit per day on any hunt so that the population doesn’t diminish too much each hunting season.
Another bird on this list is the Chukar. This is mainly found in the mountain regions of the northwest. An extremely fast moving bird that is grey in color, they are characterized by the way they zig-zag when they fly in large groups. Aim to shoot one when they traveling down from the mountain. Chasing them uphill is practically impossible. Plus, they have an unusual call they make that sounds like their name, “chukar, chukar, chukar.” Bagging a few of them will definitely make a very tasty dinner.
Ord’s Kangaroo Rat
This rodent lives in southern Idaho and parts of Colorado. It’s thin tail can be up to 12 inches long, but the body of these little guys is pretty small. They weigh around two ounces. Mainly active at night, you’ll find Kangaroo Rats along sandy country roads. Fast moving with the ability to jump a few feet in the air, you’ll find that this oddball creature is a blast to hunt.