Member Polls

National Deer Alliance (NDA) believes strongly that member input on important deer and hunting issues is critical, and will use this information to inform managers and state and federal wildlife agencies whenever possible. 

Here are the results from the most recent polls taken in the weekly newsletter by NDA members.


Do you use any of the following more aggressive tactics or tools for hunting whitetail, mule deer, or blacktail bucks during the pre-rut? Select all that apply. October 24, 2018
Results
Calling
35.8%
Scents
26.3%
Mock scrapes
18.6%
Decoys
6%
I don't use any of these during the pre-rut.
13%
Total participants: 1,531
What are your personal buck harvest goals this season? In other words, what are you going to hold out for? October 24, 2018
Results
I'm happy to harvest any legal buck.
19.1%
I'm mostly looking for a mature buck that's at least 3 ½ years-old or older, and am not as concerned about rack score.
33.2%
I don't concern myself with age or rack score. I know it when I see it.
14.9%
A rack score over 125 inches
5.7%
A rack score over 150 inches
6.5%
A Boone and Crockett class buck
1.4%
I don't care if I get a buck. I'm just happy to be hunting.
19%
Total participants: 852
What is your number one determining factor for deciding whether or not to hunt during the early season (prior to the rut)? October 17, 2018
Results
Weather
40.1%
Wind direction
3.2%
What I'm learning from scouting and trail cameras
8.4%
Reports from friends who have been hunting
0.6%
When I have time available to go
37.8%
Other
9.6%
Total participants: 912
If you hunt during the early season, what are your top two favorite tactics to use? October 17, 2018
Results
Pick the best location based on wind direction
24.1%
Watch for subtle changes in weather, fronts coming in, etc.
21.9%
Scout hard and find the hot food source
12.2%
Hunt areas where I have a decent chance, but won't disturb my best spots
15.1%
Hunt over trails between feeding and bedding areas
21.3%
I don't hunt during the early season
5.2%
Total participants: 1,360
What is the earliest date you've ever shot a deer? Please list the exact date in the comments. October 17, 2018
Results
Before August 1
0.5%
August 1-14
0.5%
August 15-31
3.2%
September 1-14
10.8%
September 15-30
24.5%
October 1-15
60.2%
Total participants: 744
What region of the country do you live in? October 10, 2018
Results
Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)
25.3%
Midwest (IA, IN, IL, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI)
38.8%
South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV)
29.1%
West (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)
5.6%
Canada
1%
Total participants: 871

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