by Scott Bestul
The Pennsylvania Game Commission just wrapped up a survey asking questions to some 6,000 randomly selected Keystone State deer hunters. According to the preliminary report, the 3,572 responses paint a picture of the “average” PA whitetail hunter, who happens to be 47-years-old, has 29 years of hunting experience, lives in a rural area, was taught to hunt by a parent or grandparent, and is in good-to-excellent health.
And according to the stats, that hunter is most likely to:
--Hunt to relax, enjoy nature, and escape from everyday concerns (93%, the other options were “to harvest a deer” or “spend time with family and friends who hunt”)
--Not harvest a buck (only 18% did)
--Butcher own deer (51% said they did it all, 37% paid a processor)
--Hunt private land (48% hunted private, 34% hunted a combination of public/private)
--Hunt for free (only 5% leased land)
--Not use a trail camera (81% didn’t own a one)
--Not use an elevated stand, urine-based lures, or drives to bag a deer.