Big Game Identification

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Pronghorn Horns Shorter than Ears

  • Adult female pronghorn have ears about 5 to 5 ½ inches long
  • Female horns (if present) are usually less than 4 inches long
  • Female pronghorn do not have a black patch on cheek
  • Female pronghorn do not have black band from eyes to nose
  • Juvenile males may be legally harvested (horns must not be longer than ears)
  • Typically yearling bucks and fawn bucks have black cheek patch

Pronghorn Horns Longer than Ears

  • Adult male pronghorn have ears about 5 ½ to 6 inches long
  • Mature males have horns from 12 to 19 inches long
  • Presence of black patch of hair on cheek
  • Adult males typically have a black band on face from eyes down to the nose


  • Generally smaller than moose (adult females weigh 300 to 500 lbs)
  • Size: 4 to 5 feet at the shoulder
  • Light tan to light brown body with dark brown hair on neck and lower legs
  • Light tan or beige rump patch
  • Males have branching antlers (not palmate)


  • Narrow, sickle shaped horns with base same width as eye
  • Ears are 4-4.5 inches in length
  • Relatively wide space between base of horns
  • Squat to urinate
  • No testicles

Moose (illegal to harvest)

  • Generally larger than elk (adult females weigh 600 to 800 lbs)
  • Noticeable hump on shoulders
  • Pelage is dark brown to black (except lower legs can be light tan or white)
  • Males have large palmate (flattened) antlers
  • Presence of dewlap (flap of skin) hanging from neck (males typically longer than females)
  • Long nose with overhanging upper lip

Ram Lambs and Yearling Ram (illegal to harvest)

  • Wide, triangular-shaped horn bases twice the width of eye
  • Desert ram lambs in the fall-horn base wider than eye and 5-6” horn with little curve if any and gray horns vs. tan curved ewe horns
  • Wider, pronounced forehead
  • Narrow spacing between horn bases
  • Stretch rear legs during urination
  • Testicles visible, especially from rear
  • Belly spot or penis seen from side view


  • Nose is slender and pointed
  • Ears are prominent, pointed and relatively long
  • Weighs 20-35 pounds
  • Legs and feet are smaller
  • Fur color is similar to wolves: grizzled gray, rust or buff; rarely white or black
  • Moves in a manner that appears to be hopping or bouncing

Wolf (illegal to harvest)

  • Nose is broad and blocky
  • Ears are more rounded and relatively short
  • Weighs 50-90 pounds
  • Legs are longer
  • Fur color is similar to coyotes; gray, black, rust or buff
  • Moves more fluidly
  • Resembles a German shepherd with longer legs and larger feet