Method of collection is defined as the means by which an animal is harvested. In the TGR system animals collected in the same manner compete within their own classification. These classifications are as follows:
Archery - includes compound bows, re-curve bows and long bows. Note: Any animal that is hunted with a bow and fatally wounded may be dispatched by means of a modern arm.
Crossbow - defined as a powerful weapon composed of a bow fixed crosswise on a wooden or synthetic stock with grooves in the stock to direct the projectile and fired by a trigger mechanism. It can be equipped with either fixed or telescopic sights.
Compressed Air Gun - defined as a weapon using compressed air (rifle or handgun) that utilizes a minimum of 30 caliber ammunition. This method of collection may be regulated within your state per applicable wildlife regulations.
Delayed Entry - includes any trophy harvested in a prior year, but not included in the annual awards competition nor towards major awards consideration.
Incidental Acquisition - includes any trophy acquired through any means other than hunting in any of the other accepted categories. For example, found in a field, purchased at a garage sale, won in a poker game, handed down as an heirloom, etc. This method does not compete in the annual awards competition nor towards hunting slams.
In-line Muzzle Loader - defined as a firearm designed to use black powder or a black powder equivalent as a propellant, uses a round ball, conical bullet or sabotted bullet as projectiles, approved. The distinguishing characteristic of in-line muzzleloaders is that they must load from the muzzle of the barrel and must have an internal ignition system action to be considered for entry into this classification.
Handgun - defined by any hand held firearm with a barrel less than 16 inches in length. Examples of some of the designs are the revolver, single shot and semi-automatics. The caliber is immaterial. There will be no shoulder/forearm stock attached nor stabilizer.
Modern Arms - defined as all metallic cartridge firing rifles, whether they are bolt action, lever action, semi-automatic, drop block, rolling block, etc. These rifles utilize a self-contained metallic cartridge as a means of loading a round of ammunition. There is no distinction made between smokeless and black powder or black powder substitutes, historical time frame of the rifle’s design or type of projectile utilized (i.e., lead VS jacketed). The caliber is also immaterial when inclusion in the record book is being considered.
Primitive Arms - defined as a firearm that does not use or shoot a center-fire cartridge (excluding rim fire), any bladed or non-projectile weapon. Note: If the weapon used falls under this category but has a category of its own, it will be listed under its own category. Examples include: Percussion Cap or Flintlock Muzzleloader, matchlock, Knife or Spear.
Primitive Handgun - defined as a firearm with a barrel 16 inches or less and is loaded from the muzzle or front of the cylinder with black powder or black powder equivalent as a propellant, uses round ball, conical lead bullet or sabotted bullet as a projectile. The ignition system will be matchlock, flintlock or percussion cap. There will be no shoulder stock attached.