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Small game hunting is a form of hunting that focuses on harvesting smaller animals, typically small mammals and birds. Unlike big game hunting, which targets larger species like deer or bears, small game hunting involves pursuing species that are generally smaller in size. Common small game species include rabbits, squirrels, quail, pheasants, grouse, and waterfowl. Hunters engaged in small game hunting often use firearms, shotguns, or archery equipment to harvest their targets. The methods can vary depending on the species and habitat, and may include walking or stalking through fields and woods, waiting in blinds, or using trained dogs to flush out or retrieve game. Small game hunting is often characterized by its accessibility and the diverse array of species that can be pursued. It provides a recreational and practical outlet for hunters, offering opportunities for skill development, camaraderie, and a connection to the outdoors. Many hunters participate in small game hunting as a way to introduce newcomers to the sport or as a complement to other forms of hunting. Conservation and responsible hunting practices are also important aspects of small game hunting to ensure sustainable populations and healthy ecosystems.

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