If you're one of the millions of people with an inner Katniss Everdeen or Davy Crockett, you probably know a lot about hunting. Like where to go to find your favorite prey, what to wear and how to field-dress your catch. But how savvy are you when it comes to deer and elk, two of the most-hunted big-game animals in the U.S.?
Deer are easier to nab, as they're widespread across the nation. They also have a smaller range and can be picked off from the comfort of your deer stand. Elk may be more rewarding to catch -- they're so big, after all -- but you'll have to work hard. They're typically found in the Rocky Mountains or other rugged, wild terrain, such as that of the Southwest. And you often have to trek miles through a harsh environment, at altitude, in search of your prey.
Did you know both deer and elk are susceptible to chronic wasting disease (CWD)? A contagious neurological disease, it affects the brain and causes the animals to become emaciated, act abnormally and, ultimately, die. As of August 2018, CWD has been found in free-ranging deer, elk and moose in at least 23 states. Hunters are warned to wear rubber gloves when field-dressing game, among other protective measures.
Whether you prefer hunting deer or elk, or hunting with a rifle or bow, it's time to see how much you know about this popular pastime by taking the quiz!