Hunting Language: Big Game Hunting Terms

Hunters uses terminologies that might not not make any sense to non-hunters. But if you want to survive in the wilderness, you must know how to hunt. And if you want to learn how to hunt, you might want to go with a pack of hunters. To learn from them, you must learn their language- hunting language.

Here, I will show you some hunting terms. Most of these terms are for “big game hunting” or trophy hunting but it’s worth learning.

Putting down a large deer or elk can feed your family for a couple of weeks. so, this one is worth learning. Other than food, these animals have hide and ivory you can trade. But always remember to hunt responsibly.

Big Game Hunting Language Terminologies

Big Game Hunting means you are hunting large prey like deer, elk, or boar. Here are some:

  •  Hawg – very large buck or bull
  • Raghorn – Bull or buck with unimpressive antler growth.
  •  Slick Head – Doe or Cow
  •  Forkie – Two point deer or elk
  •  Pisscutter – Small animal like a spike or a yearling
  •  A-typical – Antler growth which does not fork (off a single beam or branch)
  •  Beam – Main antler coming off an animal
  •  Tine – Antler point
  •  140, 150, 160 class- total measurement and score of an antlered animal. Trophy hunters speak for size of antler growth.
  •  28, 29, 30 inch buck – Inside measurement of the antler spread of a deer.
  •  Bambi – yearling deer, elk, or moose.
  •  Bench Leg – Mule Deer/Blacktail cross usually found along the pacific crest trail where the two subspecies intermix.
  •  Piebald – Calico colored deer either with white splotches or different colored splotches.
  •  Spike – Single pair of tines no branching
  •  True Spike – one point off each antler only. No branching on either antler
  •  Stand hunting – Staying in one place and waiting for animals to come to the hunter.
  •  Still hunting – Walking stealthily in a hunting unit while analyzing all details of the surrounding area and hoping to spot a deer unaware.
  •  Spot and stalk hunting – Glassing a stationary animal and planning your hunt towards that area with a better opportunity for a shot.
  •  Track/Tag soup – an unfilled tag after the days hunt or the end of the season.
  •  Wallow – Elk mud hole used for rutting and for keeping bugs away
  •  Scrape – A pawing of the ground made by rutting deer. Deer marks their territory by scraping the dirt.
  •  Rub – A place on a tree where deer and elk rub their antlers against.
  •  Glassing – using binoculars or a spotting telescope to search for animals.
  •  Ranging – using a range finder to determine the distance an animal or area is away.
  •  Timber tiger – Noisy chipmunk or squirrel.
  •  Stick bow – Long bow, usually handmade.
  •  Vitals – vital organs in an animal’s body where you can assure a quick and clean kill if properly hit.
  •  Sticker/Trash – Any irregular point coming off a normally forked tine.
  •  Drop Tine – Rare occurrence of an antler point which drops down from the main beam.
  •  Ivories – Jewelry or beads from hunted animals.
  •  Palmation – Flat, Spread-out Antler growth.
  •  Diurnal – Animals which are active either during the day or during the night.
  •  Crepuscular- Animals which are most active during dawn and dusk.
  •  Nocturnal – Animals primarily active at night.
  •  Matutinal – Animals active only at dawn.
  •  Vespertine – Animals active only at dusk.

Remember: Poaching is illegal. Hunt responsibly.

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