Naming big game animals?
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.
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.
I like to name the........Call them DEAD or BAGGED or STEAKS & ROASTS!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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."
Originally Posted by hoshour
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.
We name our "locations" also. Never named a game animal. If I see one enough times that he's familial he better be dead.
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.