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Edelweiss
04-11-2013, 06:46 AM
What do you think about the concept of naming big game animals?

I personally think it is stupid, but we are not the only nation that does it. It is getting more popular in Europe as well.

Here in the south Pacific as far as I can see it is pretty limited. Thank goodness.

I think it turns in the animal into a Disneyesque version of it'self.

From the hunting shows, forums and magazines it seems to be a big deal.

Ikeepitcold
04-11-2013, 07:07 AM
Not sure if it matters to me. I see a lot of the white tail hunting shows do it a lot. Like the Crush. I've on occasion have "named" different bucks while hunting in different areas so when discussing the the hunt and stragities with hunting partners we are all on the same page with wich buck we are talking about. I think it makes it easier at times. We don't name them people names like big George or little Larry but more like the white horned 4x4 or the tall 3x3.

Colorado Cowboy
04-11-2013, 07:37 AM
I like to name the........Call them DEAD or BAGGED or STEAKS & ROASTS!!!!!

NDHunter
04-11-2013, 08:02 AM
At times it drives me nuts and like IKIC said, it is mostly on whitetail shows. To me, when a guy names a deer and has 100 pictures of it and knows when and where it will be all the time, it is basically reducing that animal to a pet.

Fink
04-11-2013, 08:51 AM
We never named them until a few years ago, the first picture we got of certain big buck was of him backing into the camera. We got a real nice close up. Named him Nice Nutz.

We name maybe one every other year or so.. Only if they have very distinctive features.. Like goalpost, the buck with the giant browtines, or Boris the blade, the buck with bladed tines.

ssliger
04-11-2013, 09:33 AM
When I was growing up. My family would go out hunting for deer, my mom always said we were looking for "George". That was what she called all trophy Mule Deer.

hoshour
04-11-2013, 09:35 AM
It's just easier to name them because then your buddies know instantly which animal you're talking about instead of going through an explanation like, "that big mulie with the drop tine that we saw up on so and so ridge the end of last year."

My buddies and I also name our stands for the same reason. We've got 20 stands and its easier to say, "I'm going to sit in Cattle Gate tonight."

Ikeepitcold
04-11-2013, 09:47 AM
It's just easier to name them because then your buddies know instantly which animal you're talking about instead of going through an explanation like, "that big mulie with the drop tine that we saw up on so and so ridge the end of last year."

My buddies and I also name our stands for the same reason. We've got 20 stands and its easier to say, "I'm going to sit in Cattle Gate tonight."



We always name our spotting areas. Usually when someone kills a buck there that persons name is in it. "Carins Canyon" Randy's Ridge and so on. Same reason everyone knows exactly where your talking about.

WapitiBob
04-11-2013, 10:33 AM
We name our "locations" also. Never named a game animal. If I see one enough times that he's familial he better be dead.

packmule
04-11-2013, 11:09 AM
I've got a few whitetail named, but one has had its name for 5 yrs and the name has been changed...originally gimpy, then he quit limping, then no brow, then he grew brows. Another is called gumby because he's older than dirt and has to gum his food. Then there's a doe named whitey, she's got white piebald-like splotches all over her. If gumby would move during daylight hours I would have shot him 3 seasons ago.

I'm not naming game out West that I might watch a cpl weeks.

Timberstalker
04-11-2013, 01:07 PM
I've never seen an animal I've killed before season, so naming one is kind of pointless to me. I did have a couple rams identified that I wanted to find while sheep hunting, but I never really named them, I called them the big rams. I never saw them once season started and the ram I killed just showed up out of nowhere. Naming rams seems to be very popular too.

shootbrownelk
04-11-2013, 01:37 PM
What do you think about the concept of naming big game animals?

I personally think it is stupid, but we are not the only nation that does it. It is getting more popular in Europe as well.

Here in the south Pacific as far as I can see it is pretty limited. Thank goodness.

I think it turns in the animal into a Disneyesque version of it'self.

From the hunting shows, forums and magazines it seems to be a big deal.

I'm pretty sure that Mike Eastman does that, and he's a far cry from stupid.

Edelweiss
04-11-2013, 02:17 PM
I'm pretty sure that Mike Eastman does that, and he's a far cry from stupid.

Never said anyone was stupid, just thought reducing a game animal to a pet was stupid.

tttoadman
04-11-2013, 02:28 PM
5420my wife named this one "bucky". I have watched him trip around my place since he was a baby. I might want to change it to smarty. As soon as the season opens, he sits next to my shop, behind my shop, or in my back yard for a month until the season is over.

With the increased use of radios and waypoints, naming places and targeted animals is a huge deal to avoid confusion and keep everybody on the same page.

My Mom always called them George. Where did that come from?

ssliger
04-11-2013, 05:18 PM
My Mom always called them George. Where did that come from?

It's something my Grandpa would say.

bigmoose
04-11-2013, 07:17 PM
I've named a few after they were down but not while they're running around. Here is a photo of "Larry" LOL!

BKC
04-11-2013, 07:56 PM
I give them names when they are on the wall. My goat is Whitey and my sheep is chocolate.

shootbrownelk
04-12-2013, 06:26 AM
Never said anyone was stupid, just thought reducing a game animal to a pet was stupid.

No Edelweiss, you didn't SAY anyone was stupid, But by saying the practice was stupid you're implying that the folks that do it are as well...just my take on it. Didn't mean to piss anyone off. Maybe Mike Eastman can clarify the issue.

In God We Trust
04-12-2013, 08:33 PM
I did for the first time last season. I hunted a buck for 5 days last year and blew him out of the basin he called home. I normally wouldn't name a buck but he has a 4 inch wide gash that runs from the top of his spine to the bottom of his belly that is scarred over now. It looks like a hatchet wound so I named him the Hatchet Buck. I hope to find him in the same basin this fall!