I recently had this debate with a buddy and it resulted in me posting the same question to the folks over at Archery Talk. Which is more difficult to hunt? Deer or turkey? My thoughts were that deer probably take the cake because you have to consider the whole scent issue. But a whole lot of other interesting issues were brought up in the discussion on AT. So lets take a look at examples from the two sides…
In favor of deer being more difficult:
– Joehunter8301 – “…with deer you have the wind factor and any out of the ordinary noise and he is gone. on top of that deer move all night long so you dont know where he is in the morning unlike turkeys which you can roost and be right under them come daylight the next morning. now lets talk a jake turkey and a spike deer. still the same thing but most spikes wont run at the first hint of a human. jake turkeys will come into just about any calling and are not very wary at all. i still say its harder to kill a spike but not much harder. on top of that you can listen for the birds to gobble and give away their location….deer dont make a peep.”
– GobblerDown – “…Turkeys are easier. They can be easier to find because they are out during the daylight, they gobble, and most times you can roost them. You can call them to you (sometimes). Deer will come in to grunts or rattling but that is lower percentage than calling in a turkey. Most of time if a turkey starts coming in you will get a shot, but a deer it seems more time than not you still don’t. You have a good chance of killing a turkey all day long. Many times deer won’t move at all during daylight. With turkeys smell is not a issue. I also think a deer is smarter than a turkey, but a turkey a lot of times it seems are scared of their own shadow. However deer can be the same way. If you gave me two days in the spring for turkeys or fall for deer and I had to bet the farm on killing one of the two I would pick a turkey every time.”
In favor of turkeys being more difficult:
– Beersndeer – “Im going to say probably turkeys more than deer. I feel that I can pattern deer alot easier than I can turkeys. Also if turkeys had any sense of smell we would never kill those dang birds.”
– Cornfed – “I do believe the “average” deer is a lot easier to kill than the “average” turkey. Turkeys seem to be cronic paranoids in my area and don’t have the curiousity that average deer do.”
So I’m curious where the Wired To Hunt Nation sits on this one. Deer or turkey? Cast your vote in the poll below and then tell us why in the comments!