When this thread started I never would have guessed that squirrels would be the most popular.
How many squirrels does it take to equal the amount of meat in one elk?
The question was favorite animal to hunt, not to harvest.
If it was favorite animal to harvest, I would be unable to answer. I could make a good argument with myself in support of all three of my favorites to hunt. I like the meat equally.
As I posted earlier, I find I enjoy small game hunting (not just squirrels but snowshoe hares, rabbits and grouse) more as time goes by. Small game definitely doesn't fill the freezer as as efficiently as deer or elk. There are other aspects to it though.
Some of the enjoyable parts are the ability to take multiple animals (or have multiple opportunities) in a day. The ability to hunt day after day since even if you've been successful your season isn't over. There's also less pressure to succeed and fill the freezer that is often felt on big game hunts. That's just a few reasons why I find myself enjoying small game hunting more.
I agree and it's why I make my hunts as hard as possible. If I can get the kill on the last day of the hunt or maybe not at all. It was a good hunt. I can remember dad telling me and my brother.........."If the hunt was too easy. Don't pull the trigger or release the arrow."
I've done my share of hard, backpack hunts in wilderness areas. I killed a 300 class 6X6 bull with a muzzleloader in Colorado at 11,500' elevation that involved a long, difficult pack out. I also have no problem if the "gods of the hunt" smile on me and give me an opportunity much less strenuous.
I'm bone on bone in both knees along with bone spurs in them now. My right hip, right shoulder and right elbow are shot. I can no longer hunt the same way I did when I was younger. I'm grateful I was able to hunt the type of country and game I did years ago.
I'm also proud to say that I don't know anyone that's been as successful on snowshoe hare and cottontails as I have been. Not bragging, I've put a lot of time and effort into learning how to hunt them. There's an art to hunting them without dogs using a single projectile like a patched round ball.
It’s the Coyotes and Bobcats brother but that’s real good thinkin.Quit shootn' at them and they might come back.