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A Pictoral Lesson: Hunting Terms A to Z [PICS]

Check out these 26 hunting terms, one for each letter of the alphabet.

As a hunter, you pride yourself in your knowledge of the sport. You can probably name just about every game species, weapon and gear in the hunting world. Or can you? We’ve compiled the full A to Z terms of hunting, including some old standbys and some terms you may not have heard before.

A is for Abomasum

This is the fourth stomach chamber of a cud-chewing animal, such as a cow or whitetail deer.

Whitetail XTC
Whitetail XTC

 

B is for Blue Bird Weather

This may initially sound like a happy time, but it actually refers to sunny and windless conditions when waterfowl tend to stay put or fly high, the bane of the waterfowl hunter’s existence.

Animal Kid
Animal Kid

 

C is for Crepuscular

This term describes animals that are most active during dawn and dusk periods.

MNN
MNN

 

D is for Drop Tine

This is the rare occurrence of an antler point dropping down from the main beam.

Wildlife by Fred
Wildlife by Fred

 

E is for Elevation

This is the angle at which the rear sight needs raised or lowered to compensate for a bullet’s trajectory.

Playbuzz
Playbuzz

 

F is for Flag

This can not only refer to a whitetail deer’s tail, but it also describes the long hair on a setter’s tail.

Little Buffalo
Little Buffalo

 

G is for Gralloch

This term describes when a hunter field-dresses a big-game animal immediately after shooting it by removing the viscera and entrails.

North American Whitetail
North American Whitetail

 

H is for Home Range

This is the area in which a deer typically spends its entire life, generally less than a few square miles provided the area provides the deer with food, water and shelter.

Modern Survival Online
Modern Survival Online

 

I is for Imperial Bulls

These are male elks with seven points on each antler.

Flickr/Danny Buxton
Flickr/Danny Buxton

 

J is for Jacklighting

This is done when a hunter uses an artificial light to illegally shoot game at night.

Semper Paratus
Semper Paratus

 

K is for Kentucky Windage 

This is a term used by American riflemen to describe the process of “holding off” to either side of a target while making no adjustment in the sight setting in order to allow for wind’s effect on the bullet.

Hunter Ed Course
Hunter Ed Course

 

L is for Leash

This isn’t just what you use to walk your dog, it also refers to a group of three quail, pheasant, grouse, partridge or hares.

Hunter with a flushing Pheasant

M is for Marks

These are calls used to warn other hunters of the flushing approach of a game bird, usually accompanied by a direction, such as “mark left” or “mark right.”

Burnt Pine Travel
Burnt Pine Travel

 

N is for Nipples

These aren’t just body parts; the term also refers to the small hollow tube on which a percussion cap is placed. When the gun’s hammer falls on the cap, a small chemical charge explodes. The fire then travels down the nipple and around a corner to reach the main charge.

The Donovan
The Donovan

 

O is for Odocoileus Virginianus

This is the scientific name of the whitetail deer.

Donald M. Jones
Donald M. Jones

 

P is for Pedicals

These are the parts of a buck’s skull from which antlers grow.

Animals World
Animals World

 

Q is for Quartering Birds

These are birds that approach a hunter from an angle, either left or right.

The Virginia Sportsman
The Virginia Sportsman

 

R is for Rattlings

This refers to a buck-calling technique in which the horns are rattled together by a hunter simulating two bucks fighting in order to attract a buck to approach within shooting range.

Realtree
Realtree

 

S is for Sky Busting

This occurs when a hunter takes a long shot at a bird, one that is unlikely to kill the target.

Flickr
Flickr

 

T is for Typical Racks

These are those with points growing off the front sides of the main beam only.

Heartland Outdoors
Heartland Outdoors

 

U is for Upland Game

This can describe any small game, including both mammals and birds.

Major Airguns
Major Airguns

 

V is for Velvet

This is the soft vascular tissue that covers a deer’s antlers until they have reached their full growth and form, at which time the tissue dies and is removed when the deer rubs its antlers against trees and brush.

Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer
Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer

 

W is for Wall Hanger

This can refer either to a gun that is best suited for displaying on the wall or to a game animal considered a trophy because of its beauty, size rarity or other quality.

Declan McCullagh
Declan McCullagh

 

X is for Xenocide

This happens when one species kills all members of another species, a risk of overhunting.

World Wildlife Fund
World Wildlife Fund

 

Y is for Yelds

These are female deer without offspring.

New Hampshire Fish and Game
New Hampshire Fish and Game

 

Z is for Zombies

These aren’t just the undead, the term can also refer to a duck that comes alive after the hunter is sure that it’s dead.

Bernews
Bernews

 

It is always important to refresh your ABCs! Or learn them in the first place…it’s all about the fundamentals.

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A Pictoral Lesson: Hunting Terms A to Z [PICS]