Calling all Deer and Elk Hunters! Take this Quiz!

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Calling all hunters everywhere! Don't jump the gun and miss out on this quiz. Find out how much you really know about deer and elk hunting by taking this quiz.

How many species of deer are native to North America?

Two species of deer are native to North America: the whitetail and mule deer. There are also several subspecies of the whitetail and mule deer found throughout North America.

Which weapon is used to hunt deer?

In most states in the U.S., it is legal to hunt deer with either a rifle or a bow. There are usually separate seasons for bow hunters and rifle hunters.

True or false: Moose and elk belong to the same taxonomic family as deer.

The scientific family Cervidae includes deer, elk, moose and caribou. The Cervidae family consists of 23 genera and 47 species.

There are three basic parts of a rifle: the stock, the barrel and what?

The three basic parts of a rifle are the stock, the barrel and the action. The action is where ammunition is loaded, fired and ejected.

Where is the muzzle of a rifle located?

The front end of the barrel of a handgun, shotgun or rifle is called the muzzle. Muzzle awareness is one of the most important factors of firearm safety.

The three most common types of bows are the recurve, longbow and what?

The three most common types of bows used for hunting are the recurve, longbow and compound bow.

What is a male deer called?

A male deer is called a buck. Other names for male deer are bull, hart and stag.

What are female deer called?

Female deer are called does, hinds or cows. Juvenile deer are called calves or fawns.

How much does an average male whitetail weigh?

The average male whitetail weighs between 150 and 300 pounds. Female whitetails average from 90-200 pounds.

Which oversized anatomical feature does the mule deer get its name from?

The mule deer gets its name from its oversized ears, like that of a mule. The scientific name for mule deer, <i>Odocoileus hemionus</i>, is Latin for half-mule.

What is deer meat called?

Deer meat is called venison. Mutton is the meat of sheep, while chevon is the name for goat meat.

What is another name for elk in North America?

Wapiti is a Native American word that translates to "light-colored deer."

What is the average weight of a bull elk?

The average weight of bull elk is 700-900 pounds, depending on the subspecies.

The species name of North American elk is <i>Cervus elaphus</i>. How many subspecies are there?

Most biologists recognize six subspecies of the North American elk. Two of these six subspecies are now extinct.

Which color are deer and elk hunters required to wear in most states?

In most states, deer and elk hunters are required to wear blaze orange over their camouflage.

What is the average yield of butchered deer or elk?

The average yield of butchered deer or elk is 40-50 percent of field-dressed weight.

True or false: Deer antlers grow continuously year-round.

The antlers of deer are shed annually. As bucks get older, their antlers grow larger, provided they have adequate nutrition.

Which organ do most deer hunters aim for when harvesting deer?

Hunters most commonly aim for the heart of a deer when rifle and bow hunting. While there are hunters who aim for the brain or spine, aiming for the heart allows a hunter's shot to be slightly off and still be a kill shot.

Which task is done immediately after shooting a deer?

Field dressing is the process of removing the internal organs of the harvested game. Quickly removing the internal organs is the first step to preserve the meat.

What does the Boone and Crockett score measure?

The Boone and Crockett score measures the antlers of a deer or an elk.

At what age does a doe weigh the most?

Does usually weigh the most at age 4 and begin to decrease in weight each following year.

True or false: Deer hunting only requires a hunting license in most states in the U.S.

Most states require special deer tags or stamps in addition to a hunting license.

What is the life expectancy of deer?

In the wild, deer live up to 10 years. In captivity, deer can live for up to 20 years.

Which deer species has the greater population in the U.S.?

Whitetail outnumber mule deer in the U.S. Current estimates from the Wildlife Management Institute put the whitetail population at 12.4 to 14 million and the mule deer population at 4.5 to 7 million animals.

What causes a bullet fired from a rifle to spin?

The barrel of a rifle has spiral grooves called rifling that cause a bullet to spin. The spin of a bullet stabilizes it on its way to the target, increasing accuracy.

How many elk are there in North America?

Currently there are roughly 1 million elk in North America.

What is the average home range of a whitetail?

The average home range of a whitetail is 1 square mile. Home range is determined by the quality of habitat, so some whitetails in low-quality habitats may have a larger home range, while whitetails in high-quality habitats may have a much smaller home range.

How fast can a deer run?

Deer can run up to 30 miles per hour, depending on terrain.

True or false: Deer and elk are ruminant animals.

Ruminants have a four-chambered stomach and chew their cud.

What is the deer mating season called?

The deer and elk breeding season is called the rut. In North America, peak hunting season coincides with the rut.

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