Wild Game Articles

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Wild turkeys were once on the brink of extinction throughout most of North America. After many restoration efforts, the wild turkey has flourished and continues to strive throughout the United States and Mexico. In the 1900s, there were less than 30,000 wild turkeys and now there are over 7 million in North America. Figure 1 “Photo” […]

Muntjac (Muntiacus Reevesi)

  Muntjac  (Muntiacus Reevesi) Figure 1″Photo” A beautiful Muntjac A common name for the Muntjac is “Barking Deer “. This comes from the repeated loud bark given when alarmed or as communication between adults. Adult body weight ranges from 10 kg to 18 kg. Bucks (adult male) being slightly larger than Does (adult female), but […]

Red Stag (Cervus Elaphus)

Red Stag (Cervus Elaphus) Figure 1 “Photo” A Red Stag in it’s natural environment in Germany. A close cousin of the Wapiti or American Elk, Russian Maral, and Sika. Red deer have been exported around the world as “Exotics” from New Zealand to Missouri. They originated in Europe. There are large populations across the globe. […]

White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

White-tailed deer are the most common deer in the Western Hemisphere with 39 subspecies of this animal known to exist. Native to the United States (all but 5 states), Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America (as far as Peru). It has been introduced into New Zealand and some countries in Europe such as Finland […]

Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus)

Roe Deer (called Reh in German) are the most common deer in Europe.  They prefer small clearings in forests. In the non-hunted season, they will appear in meadows in broad daylight, but retreat to the forests when the first shots of the season are heard. When startled, a Roe will paw the ground, releasing scent […]

European Mouflon (Ovis aries orientalis)

By Mathew Cervantes, WJ Board of Directors m.cervantes@wildjaeger.com Figure 1 “Photo” a Mouflon Ram and his two Ewes in the wild. Mouflon are the big horn sheep of Europe. Although Mouflon are exported around the world as “exotics” from Hawaii to Texas, they originated in Asia Minor before being hunted to near extinction in southern […]

Caribou (Reindeer) (Rangifer tarandus)

Caribou in North America are found in Canada and Alaska. Reindeer are found in Norway, Finland, Siberia and Greenland. These consist of two major groups: tundra reindeer and woodland reindeer. Figure 1 “Photo” A Caribou in it’s natural habitat, photo from ©-Earl-Robbins-Fotolia.com Both sexes grow antlers. Typically two separate groupings of points consisting of a […]

Wild Boar (Sus Scrofa)

By Chris Norris Phylum – Chordate – Vertebrae Class – Mammalia – Mammals Order – Artiodactyla – Even Toed Ungulates Family – Suidae – Pigs Genus – Sus – Eurasian Pigs Species – S. Scrofa – Wild Boar Figure 1 “Photo” A Wild Boar in it’s natural environment. The Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) also known […]

Coyote (Canis latrans)

Figure 1 “Photo” Coyote in the wild, photo from outdoorsman-Fotolia.com By Dale Kiser Where in the world do you find coyotes: Coyotes are found in North and Central America ranging from Panama in the south to north throughout the United States and Mexico. How long do coyotes live: Coyotes may live 10 years in the wild […]

Rocky Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus)

By Kyle Shaffer The Rocky Mountain goat or mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) is not really a true goat. It belongs to a small family of goat/antelopes whose members include the European Chamois and have been restricted to North America for the last 100,000 years. They live in the mountains of the American and Canadian west […]

Stock Ente (Anseriformes)

Ordnung: Gänsevögel (Anseriformes) Familie: Entenvögel (Anatidae) Unterfamilie: Anatinae Tribus: Schwimmenten (Anatini) Gattung: Eigentliche Enten (Anas) Art: Stockente Aussehen: Das Prachtkleid des Erpel  ist grau mit brauner Brust, bräunlichem Rücken und schwarzen Ober- und Unterschwanzdecken. Der Kopf ist metallisch grün mit weißem Hals Ring darunter, der Schnabel grün-gelb. Am Hinter Rand der Flügel befindet sich ein metallisch blaues, weiß gesäumtes Band, […]

Mallard Duck (Anseriformes)

Artikel auf Deutsch lesen   Order: Anseriformes (Anseriformes) Family: Ducks (Anatidae) Subfamily: Anatinae Tribus: Dabbling ducks (Anatini) Genus: Actual ducks (Anas) Type: Mallard Appearance: The breeding plumage of the drake is gray with a brown breast, brownish black back and upper and lower tail coverts. The head is a metallic green with a white collar […]

Baummarder (Martes martes)

Klasse Säugetiere (Mammalia) Ordnung Raubtiere (Carnivora) Familie Marder (Mustelidae) Gattung Echtmarder (Martes) Figure 1 “Bilder” Baummarder in Natur. Von © benno hansen – Fotolia.com Aussehen:  Das Fell des Baummarders ist von mittel – bis dunkelbraun verfärbt, eines der Typischen Merkmale sind sein gelblicher Kehlfleck der ihm auch den Beinamen “Goldkehlchen” gibt und seine behaarten Pranken, […]

Pine marten (Martes martes)

  Artikel auf Deutsch lesen   Class Mammals (Mammalia) Order carnivores (Carnivora) Raccoon family (Mustelidae) Generic real-marten (Martes) Figure 1 “Photo” of a Pine Marten in it’s natural habitat.  Photograph source – © benno hansen – Fotolia.com Appearance: The fur of the pine marten is medium, discolored to a dark brown. One of the most […]

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

The ring-necked pheasant, also known as common pheasant, was introduced into North America from Asia and has established itself over much of the continent, especially in agricultural regions, specifically cultivated ground interspersed with hedges, grass ditches, marshes, brushy groves, and woodland borders. It is a very distinctive and colorful species and is a popular game […]

Moose (Alces alces)

Moose (Alces alces) referred to in North America, also known as Eurasian Elk in Europe are the largest species within the deer family. Currently there are six subspecies of moose. In North America; Eastern, Western, Alaska, and Shiras Moose. In Europe; Eurasian Elk and Siberian Moose. Figure 1″Photo” A Moose in its natural environment. Moose […]

Fallow Deer (Dama dama)

Fallow Deer in English, Daim in French, or Damhirsch in German are native to modern day Turkey and the Middle East where the rare Persian Fallow Deer (Dama mesopotamica) continue to live today. Although Dama dama was introduced to Europe by the Romans as early as 100 A.D., the original native subspecies, Dama mesopotamica, are […]

Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra)

Chamois in English and French or Gams in German are native to rugged, high altitude, mountainous regions all across the Alps from the Pyrenees through Austria, Balkans, Carpathians, and even the Caucuses. Specimens range is size, shape, and color but generally average between 40-60 pounds (20-35 kg), close to three feet or one meter in […]

North American Elk (Cervus canadensis)

Elk (also known as Wapiti) are one of the largest deer species in the world and native to North America and Eastern Asia (This article covers the North American Elk only).  Six subspecies of North American Elk have been identified. Of these, only four remain including the Roosevelt, Tule, Manitoban and Rocky Mountain. The Eastern and […]

Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)

Sika deer are native to Eastern Asia. They were once a sacred animal in Japan. They were introduced in the 1900s to other areas of the world, including the United States in 1920. Sika deer were originally introduced as ornamental game but have established themselves in some forests of Eastern Europe & North America. Figure […]

Pronghorn Antelope (Antilocapra americana)

The dessert goat of the American western plains. Though not scientifically an antelope, nor does it look like a goat, its physical characteristic of being an antelope gave its name as the Latin name Antilo=Antelope and Capra=Goat. The Pronghorn Antelope is mostly diurnal being more active in the morning and evening. This animal is a […]

Mule Deer (Odocoileous hemionus)

The Mule Deer is a very distinctive animal, with a pair of large ears, forked antlers and a large body mass. It is one the biggest deer species in North America. The Mule Deer, or Muley, is capable of weighing over 200 pounds for males and an average of about 100-120 pounds for females. Its […]

Cape Buffalo (Syncerus Caffer)

The African Cape Buffalo is one of the biggest of the Big 5 dangerous animals in Africa along with the Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Rhinoceros. The Cape Buffalo is known for killing several people each year. This animal is distinctive by the dark color of its hide. Its hair is sparsely distributed on the body, […]