Explains 6 Exotic Species You Didn’t Know You Could Hunt blog: Explains 6 Exotic Species You Didn’t Know You Could Hunt

Hunting is an exhilarating and challenging sport, but every now and then, even the most experienced hunter needs a change. If you are tired of hunting the same game over and over, maybe you should consider taking a trip to hunt exotic animals. These animals are rare, but not endangered, and are hardly ever seen in the wild. Before planning an exotic hunting trip, you should keep in mind that you will probably have to obtain a license (or face huge fines and potential jail time). However, if you’ve got everything in order, the team at recommends hunting one of these exotic species during your next trip.

  1. Barasingha (Swamp Deer)
  2. The barasingha, also known as the “Swamp Deer” in the Southwestern United States, is one of the most widely hunted exotic species in the area. Native to the Indian subcontinent, the barasingha is now only found in Nepal and the U.S. There are large populations of free-roaming barasingha in Southern Texas and Arizona, and in the United States, they can weigh up to 500 pounds. These exotic deer are identifiable by their multiple antler tines, and its name roughly translates to “12 tines.”

  3. Marsh Buck
  4. Weighing almost 250 pounds, the marsh buck has been introduced to the United States from Central and Eastern Africa. These large bucks have a water-resistant coat that allows them to remain dry in damp, marsh-like environments. After nearly going extinct in the wild, research shows that marsh buck can now be found in both Africa and the U.S.

  5. Bezoar Ibex
  6. Native to Northern and Central Asia, the bezoar ibex can now be found in New Mexico. The mountain goats were introduced several years ago, and their American numbers now exceed their Asian numbers. The team has discovered that the bezoar ibex is most populous in the Florida Mountains and the surrounding area.

  7. Addax
  8. Originally native to the Sahara Desert, the addax is now found a home on American soil in Texas. These wildebeest-like animals can weigh up to 300 pounds, and their horns can grow to be several feet long. In the past, the addax was common in countries such as Niger, Chad and Sudan, but overhunting in these regions led to this beautiful animal almost becoming extinct. However, after it was introduced to Texas, the American population of addax quickly surpassed the African population in numbers.

  9. West Caucasian Tur
  10. Native to the Caucus Mountains, the West Caucasian tur looks like a cross between a goat and an antelope. These animals prefer to live at higher elevations, and they can be found in Mountain settings throughout the Southwestern United States. There are roughly 6,000 turs left in the wild, but they can also be found on private hunting lands. Females live in small groups, and males tend to live a solitary existence until the time to breed arrives.

  11. Reeve’s Muntjac
  12. Hailing from China, the Reeve’s muntjac can now be spotted in most of Western Europe and the United States. This remarkable deer closely resembles a small dog with short horns, but the team believes that its large canine fangs are its defining features. The muntjac is named after a British tea inspector (John Reeves) who is responsible for introducing the species to the UK in the early 1800s. The Reeve’s muntjac also makes a barking sound when excited or threatened.