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Of all the steps of preparation, educating yourself about the game you’re hunting is one of the most critical. Understanding your quarry will increase your success and add to the enjoyment of the experience as well.

Large mammal: White-tailed Deer
White-tailed Deer

In many cases, knowing the game you are hunting is also necessary to ensure that you’re taking legal game. For example, you may need to determine the sex of game birds on sight or quickly recognize protected species as they move into firing range. If you hunt in a region where white-tailed and mule deer occupy the same area, you’ll need to know how to identify both.

Upland bird: turkey
Male Turkey
Small mammal: rabbit
Black-Tailed Jack Rabbit

There are many ways that wild animals are classified, but hunters are concerned with seven basic categories:

  • Large mammals: Big game, such as deer, elk, and bear
  • Small mammals: Small game, such as rabbits, squirrels, and raccoons
  • Upland birds: Turkey, grouse, quail, and dove
  • Migratory birds: Waterfowl; some upland game such as woodcock, dove, etc.; some wetland birds like rails, snipe, etc.; and others like crows
  • Waterfowl: Ducks and geese