Are Turkeys Smarter Than Deer?

You hardcore Strut Zoners and BBZ crossover guys just knew this one was coming.

If there’s one thing everyone agrees on, it’s that spring gobblers, like big rutting bucks, often get fooled when sex steers them in danger’s way, making them equal in this respect, right?
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Right.

Wild turkeys have a 300º field of daytime vision, offering a nearly complete view of their surroundings at all times. Deer have far better noses though. Both hear with pinpoint accuracy.

Both sometimes look up and bust you when you’re in a treestand too. Both game species rank No. 1 & 2 depending on what guys you talk to.

Sure enough, some easy-going types are just happy to say, “Beards in the spring, antlers in the fall” and leave it at that. How ‘bout you?

Still others refer to deer as “woods carp,” and hunt two-seasons—spring and fall turkeys by choice. You too?

And after all, turkeys have over 30 distinct vocalizations, while tongue-tied deer only have a handful, if that.

Maybe there’s a reason most wild turkey hunters cover themselves in head-to-toe camouflage, including a face mask, while certain successful whitetail chasing, rifle- and shotgun-toting hunters around the country kill deer each fall while barefaced and wearing state-required pumpkin orange.

Could it be that turkeys are smarter than deer?—Steve Hickoff