Field Sports Channel’s Global Hunting Survey

Recently the inimitable Field Sports Channel conducted a global hunting survey, which turned up some very interesting statistics. A video overview is embedded below:

The full results of the survey are available at this link. The data are really quite interesting, answering important questions like “how are most hunters getting their news?” and “which regions would be most likely to skip their partner’s birthday to go hunting?”

It’s good to see that hunters are actively seeking out more information from the internet. It’s further encouraging that 25% of all respondents were under the age of 30, though I hope that number climbs higher in future years. One of the pieces of data mentioned in the video is that hunters are reluctant to take shots at over 200 yards, an important consideration for the safety of the animal as practical accuracy suffers greatly beyond that range.

These data should interest anyone involved in the shooting sports, not just hunters. I absolutely recommend taking the time to look over the article and watch the video.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • Blake

    Most surprising fact from the survey:

    – Somewhere, people hunt with catapults.

    • morbidazn

      It’s what they call slingshot in europe

      • sam

        Awww, how disappointing 🙁

  • Ed

    They want me to install an app. No, thanks. Anyway, spears have been legalized for deer season in Nebraska and Kansas, I believe. Haven’t seen any in the Cabelas catalog, yet, but I may not have been looking hard enough.

    • Bill_J

      I’m sure Cold Steel has something in their catalog to meet your needs.
      Maybe pick up some ninja throwing stars for a backup.

    • benderdundat

      Smart man. I did last year and realized they were invasive and removed it fast.

    • Check your pop-up blocker?

    • john huscio

      Cold steel makes several.

    • noguncontrol

      how easy is it use a spear?

  • Dogthecynic

    Wow, those top 5 brands surprised me. Didn’t recognize 2 of them, and didn’t know Mitsubishi, Subaru, John Deere, or JCB had anything to do with hunting.

    Also surprising to see the result of the Optics and Rifle – No Leupold or Ruger. Wonder if that’s a business opportunity or if they don’t produce products Europeans are looking at.

    • Folks use their 4×4, UTV, and quad-bikes to get to their hunting grounds and recover game.

      Don’t forget that the results represent folks recognizing the product logo and not sale numbers.