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April 14, 2010

Hurteau: Turkey Hunters Are Smarter Than Deer Hunters

By Dave Hurteau

Actually, they are just more educated, but that doesn’t make as good a headline. Besides you’d never know they were better schooled judging by how well all you deer hunters did on this little quiz. As a group, you got only one wrong. Here are the answers, according to data taken from the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s 2009-2010 Industry Reference Guide (available at nssf.org/research/IRG/).

[1] How old is the average deer hunter? Fifty-seven percent of you said 43.3 and that is correct. You know, I’d bet that the average small game hunter was significantly younger than the average deer hunter back when I was kid. Not any more. According to the survey, they are both a tad over 43 years old. The youngest are fox hunters, at 37.5.

[2] True or False. On average, deer hunters make more money than pig hunters. This is the one that tripped you up, as a group. Turns out, pig hunters are better heeled—quite a bit better. The average household income for the former is $85,752, compared to $59,796 for the latter.

[3] How many days per year does the average deer hunter spend actually hunting deer? Roughly three-quarters of you correctly answered “About 13 days.” How does that compare to the number of days you spend chasing deer?

[4] What percentage of deer hunters are female? You got this one right, too, but only by the thinnest majority. More than 30 percent of you answered 2.2, which is actually the percentage of bear hunters who are female. Seventeen percent of you said 16.1, which is the percentage of moose hunters who are female.

[5] True or False. On average, deer hunters are better educated than turkey hunters. You got this one overwhelmingly right. In other words, what the vast majority of us deer hunters seem to know for certain is…that we are not as smart as turkey hunters. According to the survey, almost 50 percent of turkey hunters have a college education, with nearly 22 percent completing 4 years or more. As for deer hunters, about 44 percent went to college, with 18.5 percent completing 4 years or more.

The upside: If you want to get smarter all you have to do is go turkey hunting.

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from ratherbeehunting wrote 4 years 2 days ago

i hunt about 30 or more days a year

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 2 days ago

Same here , but I think deer hunters are smarter and work harder at it.

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from thuroy wrote 4 years 2 days ago

They need a survey that includes people who both hunt turkeys and deer. I would be curious to see if that changes the mean number of days hunting along with the other statistics.

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from jcarlin wrote 4 years 2 days ago

Maybe I'm just jealous becuase somehow turkey seasons always seems to be the ones I sacrifice to the gods of housework and family, but I'll point out that any time I see the statistic, turkey hunters are a lot more likely to blast each other as turkeys. Considering the effective ranges for most deer and turkey hunters are about 4 to 1 respectively, I think that's a point in the deer hunter camp.
Actually, I know I'm just jealous.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 2 days ago

I get it now--turkey hunting makes you smarter, but it makes you feel "stupider"--I mean "less smart"--see, I'm getting smarter already!

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from lovetohunt wrote 4 years 2 days ago

ratherbeehunting,

Ha! I heard that. For me they should try all of bow season (45-ish days right there) All of shotgun and all of muzzle loader. Well shoot, thats Oct 1 through Jan 1.

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from lovetohunt wrote 4 years 2 days ago

*unless I tag out.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 2 days ago

I might believe "more patient"...

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from KyleKortright wrote 4 years 2 days ago

Only 13 days! The last 2 yeares i Didn't miss a single day of bow season, but thats also because I couldn't get anything, but it was still fun.

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from huntnfishnut wrote 4 years 2 days ago

thuroy has the thought. I do both... what does that make me... ;) confused?

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from jfgann66 wrote 4 years 1 day ago

confused or a little dumber than the average smart turkey hunter ;0)but still smarter than the average deer hunter ;0) Daddy always told me son if you are going to be dumb you better be tough so I guess you can call me a tough old deer hunter!

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from Deepwoods wrote 4 years 1 day ago

I hunt turkies (the key word here is being hunt!)
[Ah! Whats a beek-eeper?]

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 1 day ago

Deepwoods,

Would you care to to clarify...?

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from jamesti wrote 4 years 1 day ago

i also hunt both, so i guess that makes me fairly safe in this one.
deepwoods, go ahead and clarify that one.

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from muskiemaster wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

I like a to hunt a the deer, but I much more enjoy turkey hunting. it just seems your more in control of the situation.

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from thuroy wrote 4 years 2 days ago

They need a survey that includes people who both hunt turkeys and deer. I would be curious to see if that changes the mean number of days hunting along with the other statistics.

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from jcarlin wrote 4 years 2 days ago

Maybe I'm just jealous becuase somehow turkey seasons always seems to be the ones I sacrifice to the gods of housework and family, but I'll point out that any time I see the statistic, turkey hunters are a lot more likely to blast each other as turkeys. Considering the effective ranges for most deer and turkey hunters are about 4 to 1 respectively, I think that's a point in the deer hunter camp.
Actually, I know I'm just jealous.

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from ratherbeehunting wrote 4 years 2 days ago

i hunt about 30 or more days a year

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 2 days ago

Same here , but I think deer hunters are smarter and work harder at it.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 2 days ago

I get it now--turkey hunting makes you smarter, but it makes you feel "stupider"--I mean "less smart"--see, I'm getting smarter already!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from lovetohunt wrote 4 years 2 days ago

ratherbeehunting,

Ha! I heard that. For me they should try all of bow season (45-ish days right there) All of shotgun and all of muzzle loader. Well shoot, thats Oct 1 through Jan 1.

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from lovetohunt wrote 4 years 2 days ago

*unless I tag out.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 2 days ago

I might believe "more patient"...

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from KyleKortright wrote 4 years 2 days ago

Only 13 days! The last 2 yeares i Didn't miss a single day of bow season, but thats also because I couldn't get anything, but it was still fun.

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from huntnfishnut wrote 4 years 2 days ago

thuroy has the thought. I do both... what does that make me... ;) confused?

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 1 day ago

Deepwoods,

Would you care to to clarify...?

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from jfgann66 wrote 4 years 1 day ago

confused or a little dumber than the average smart turkey hunter ;0)but still smarter than the average deer hunter ;0) Daddy always told me son if you are going to be dumb you better be tough so I guess you can call me a tough old deer hunter!

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from Deepwoods wrote 4 years 1 day ago

I hunt turkies (the key word here is being hunt!)
[Ah! Whats a beek-eeper?]

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from jamesti wrote 4 years 1 day ago

i also hunt both, so i guess that makes me fairly safe in this one.
deepwoods, go ahead and clarify that one.

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from muskiemaster wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

I like a to hunt a the deer, but I much more enjoy turkey hunting. it just seems your more in control of the situation.

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