Qualifying Species

The Big Game Records Club recognizes Seventeen (17) big game species within the state of California.

  • Black Bear
  • Typical Mule Deer
  • Non-Typical Mule Deer
  • Typical Pacific Hybrid Deer
  • Non-Typical Pacific Hybrid Deer
  • Typical Blacktail Deer
  • Non-Typical Blacktail Deer
  • Typical American Elk
  • Non-Typical American Elk
  • Typical Roosevelt's Elk
  • Non-Typical Roosevelt's Elk
  • Typical Tule Elk
  • Non-Typical Tule Elk
  • Pronghorn Antelope
  • Desert Bighorn Sheep
  • Typical Wild Turkey
  • Non-Typical Wild Turkey
  • Mainland Hogs ***
  • Coyote
  • Bobcat
  • Cougar **
  • Island Hogs *
  • Catalina Island Spanish Goat *
  • Santa Cruz Island Merino Sheep *

* Island Species harvested after February 10, 1997, shall not be accepted as a record book entry.

** At Present no hunting of cougar is allowed. A moratorium enacted by the legislature in 1972 denies all hunting of mountian lions except in cases of depredation.

*** On September 12, 2002, the Mainland Hog/Island Hog species recognition was changed to Wild Hog due to the closure of Island Hunting.