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What weapon type is Number One in America for deer harvest?
I did a Google search and could not find an answer.
I would like a breakdown of all deer lawfully taken on American soil by weapon type and their respective percentages. My guess is the center-fire rifle is still the number one way of taking deer nationwide.
For the total number of legal deer harvest in the latest deer season on American soil what are the percentages for each weapon type as follows?
-modern center-fire rifle, what percentage of deer died by a bullet from these guns?
-rimfire rifle (if it's even legal anywhere), what percentage of deer died by a bullet from these guns?
-shotgun, what percentage of deer died by a slug or shot from these guns?
-handgun, what percentage of deer died by a bullet from these guns?
-muzzleloader what percentage of deer died by a bullet or ball from these guns?
-archery equipment, what percentage of deer died by an arrow?
-air rifle (if even legal anywhere), what percentage of deer died by a pellet or BB from these guns?
I just did this for fun: I used the search term "deer hunting in America" on YouTube and for about every 30 center-fire rifles pictured in the video thumbnails down the list there were about seven bows shown and three air rifles shown. I never thought air rifles were lawful for deer even. I saw no muzzle-loaders, rimfire rifles, shotguns or handguns pictured. My father once was having a conversation with my granddad about hunting in the late 1970's. My father referred to guys who fired 22's at deer as "idiots". My grandfather was in agreement with that statement. My father had a 22 as a boy for rabbits. He did not think a 22 powerful enough for deer to be taken ethically with.