How Well Do You Know Hunting Slang?

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How Well Do You Know Hunting Slang?
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About This Quiz

Are you reading to test your knowledge of hunting slang? A lot of people think that hunters have a secret language all their own. Well, it isn't actually a secret, you just have to be in the know to figure out what hunters are talking about. Do you have their lingo down?Do you know what to do when a deer "bleats"? What about when it "blows?" I am sure when you hear about bedding areas you might want to lay down and take a nap, but to a hunter, it means something totally different. What kind of a tree stand is a "climber?" Would you like to be around during the October lull, and if you were would it matter to you if things were pre-rut or not? 

We aren't doubting you at all, we know that you're the type of person that has a thirst for knowledge. Some people get all their knowledge from books or the Internet,  while others learn by doing, with this quiz it doesn't matter how you learned your information, as long as you know the difference between a "rub", a "rut' and a "score" you will probably do fine. Just make sure you've got some scent control ready, then take this quiz to prove your knowledge. 

Why would you "flush" a game bird?
it's attacking your dog
it's hiding
Game birds often hide in thick cover until you "flush" them, perhaps by kicking the grass or sending in your dog. Sometimes birds flush early and fly away -- other times they won't budge.
because its rotten

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Why would you use "dope"?
to smother small birds
to attract deer
Deer attractant is sometimes called "dope." Sometimes dope is simply deer urine.
to get high

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Everyone wants to bag a "button buck."
true
false
"Button bucks" are bucks with tiny little antlers. They are bucks that are only a few months old.

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What's a "smoke pole"?
a muzzleloader
Some hunters prefer muzzleloaders for their outings. "Smoke poles" are an older but still effective hunting technology.
a meat smoker
a cigar

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What's most likely to happen to hunters overcome by "buck fever"?
they will bag the biggest deer of their lives
they will miss a big shot
"Buck fever" happens to hunters who are overcome by hunting excitement, often after spotting a huge deer. They often miss the shot because they are so overstimulated.
they will impregnate their wives

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What does it mean if you "get skunked"?
you were sprayed by a skunk
you didn't bag any animals
"Getting skunked" means you didn’t manage to bag any prey during your hunt. But you still had the joy of being outdoors.
you found a huge (but dead) deer

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Where would you put a "wall hanger"?
in your home office
"Wall hangers" are the big animals that you'd proudly display in your home office. Trophy hunters only go after the biggest wall hangers.
on your deer stand
in your car

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To what does "white gold" refer?
deer antlers
In the springtime, many hunters hit the woods to look for "white gold," the antlers that deer shed. Some hunters make a game of collecting white gold.
large beavers
an engagement ring

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You want to shoot an animal in which part of the body?
"boiler room"
If you shoot an animal in the "boiler room" it means you shot it in the area of the heart and lungs -- in other words, the vital parts that keep the animal alive.
"caboose"
"broom closet"

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What does it mean if a turkey "hangs up"?
it stops short of gun range
If a turkey "hangs up," it means it stopped just short of gun range. Terrain (or general wariness) can cause a bird to hang up.
it run away
it ends a phone call

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What kind of animal "breaks point"?
a raccoon
a hunting dog
Hunting dogs often point at prey using their paws and tails. Sometimes, game birds will flee and the dogs will "break point," or take off running after the birds.
a deer

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"Flight day" refers to the trip that duck hunters make to the airport.
true
false
On a "flight day," waterfowl are actively moving from place to place. That means it's often a good day to be out hunting.

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Most hunters prefer to shoot "slick heads."
true
false
"Slick heads" refers to female deer -- because female deer, of course, don't have any antlers on their heads. Most hunters prefer bucks.

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Where would you be most likely to find a "speed goat"?
Iowa
Maine
Wyoming
"Speed goats" are pronghorn antelope. They are known for their blazing speed -- and their wariness.

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Why do many hunters try to avoid the "pumpkin patch"?
they like to be alone
"Pumpkin patch" is sometimes used as slang for groups of hunters wearing bright blaze orange clothing. If you like solitary time in the woods, it's best to avoid the pumpkin patch.
pumpkins drive away animals
they prefer squash

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"Timber tigers" are the most prized game animal in North America.
true
false
"Timber tiger" is slang for noisy little varmints like squirrels. They're common targets of hunters, but they aren't an incredibly prized animal.

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Where would "mulies" be most common?
desert of Arizona
mountains of New Mexico
"Mulies" are mule deer. They're a very common type of deer found in the mountains of the American West.
swamps of Florida

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The term "shoe polisher" might be used to describe what?
a clingy hunting dog
All hunting dogs have distinct personalities. Those that are always underfoot (in a bad way) are "shoe polishers."
a rabid game animal
a rabbit

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If your hunting dog smells a game bird, he will act WHAT?
"birdy"
It's easy to see when hunting dogs catch a scent -- they act "birdy," with their noses glued to the ground and their tails excitedly wagging in circles. It's a sure sign that your prey is nearby.
"dumb"
"fritzy"

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What does it mean if an animal "jumps the string"?
it ran away from a group of hunters
it escaped a snare
it heard the bowstring
Sometimes, the twang of bowstring can alert an animal to a hunter's presence. In some cases, the animal might even dodge an arrow thanks to its sensitive hearing.

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If you're "glassing" something, what are you doing?
looking for animal tracks
conducting reconnaissance
If you break out the binoculars to scan the landscape for various objects, you're "glassing" the terrain. If you're lucky, maybe you'll spot that dandy buck!
stabbing animals with broken glass

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"Canecutter" is slang for what kind of animal?
possum
crow
rabbit
In the South, where various types of cane are common, rabbits are sometimes called "canecutters," because they love to eat the stuff.

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It’s a good thing if a hunting dog "busts" a bird.
true
false
Hunting dogs are supposed to hold a point until commanded to flush. If they "bust" a bird, they broke point too early, perhaps costing the hunter a shot.

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What kind of animal is often "tight-lipped"?
turkey
A turkey that gets wise to a hunter's calls might suddenly stop responding, in other words, it gets "tight-lipped." There's nothing more frustrating than a huge tom that becomes wary just outside of gun range.
rabbit
pheasant

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An "axe" would refer to which hunting weapon?
bow
If you're using an axe for a hunt, you're most likely wielding a bow. Compared to rifle hunting, bowhunting is a close-quarters affair.
rifle
snare

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If you're shooting "Huns," what are you shooting?
grouse
partridges
If you're out shooting "Huns," you're shooting Hungarian partridges. Partridge is delicious with a side of fried bacon.
Nazis

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"Toad" is slang for what?
a big turkey
a big hog
a big deer
Hunters never tire of new slang for big bucks. They are all looking to bag the biggest "toad" possible.

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What's a nickname for a bird decoy?
"block"
The earliest and most primitive decoys looked like blocks. Modern "blocks," of course, are decoys that are so realistic they fool even experienced hunters.
"quacker"
"Donald"

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What does it mean if a bird is "airwashed"?
it quickly flies away
it runs for miles
it falls and doesn't move
An "airwashed" bird doesn't leave any scent for your dog -- likely because you scored a direct hit and the bird isn't moving around on the ground.

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Which type of hunting is best during a "grand passage"?
waterfowl hunting
Sometimes weather and waterfowl converge to create huge migrations of birds. A "grand passage" is indeed a great time to be hunting.
caribou hunting
turkey hunting

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