The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Outdoors

March 2, 2013

Survey shows hunters buy and buy often

As hunters, we are a group of individuals who buy a ton of gear. Our closets, trucks and basements are filled with products we “must” have to go afield in pursuit of nature’s bounty. In today’s high-tech society, a canteen of water, some saltine crackers and a pocket knife simply aren’t enough to satisfy our needs. We have to carry the best; the latest and greatest compound bow, trendy deer call or “see into the future” binoculars.

When a recent report from Southwick Associates announced the brands hunters and shooters purchased most frequently in 2012, I was curious to see what the hunting brethren were buying.

This list has been compiled from the 35,081 Internet-based surveys completed by hunters and shooters who volunteered to participate last year in HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com polls. In 2012, the top brands included:

n Top rifle brand: Remington, Ruger (each 11.5 percent of all purchases)

n Top shotgun brand: Remington (19.7 percent of all purchases)

n Top muzzleloader brand: CVA (31.0 percent of all purchases)

n Top handgun brand: Sturm, Ruger (17.7 percent of all purchases)

n Top crossbow brand: Barnett (21.7 percent of all purchases)

n Top air rifle brand: Crosman (29.6 percent of all purchases)

n Top rifle ammunition brand: Remington (21.4 percent of all purchases)

n Top shotgun ammunition brand: Winchester (32.1 percent of all purchases)

n Top handgun ammunition brand: Winchester (17.9 percent of all purchases)

n Top blackpowder brand: Pyrodex (41.6 percent of all purchases)

n Top balls, bullets or shot brand: Hornady (33.0 percent of all purchases)

n Top bow brand: Hoyt (15.0 percent of all purchases)

n Top arrow brand: Carbon Express (30.1 percent of all purchases)

n Top fletching brand: Blazer (24.4 percent of all purchases)

n Top broad head brand: Rage (21.1 percent of all purchases)

n Top release/tab brand: Tru-Fire (33.0 percent of all purchases)

n Top archery target brand: The Block (11.9 percent of all purchases)

n Top bow case brand: Plano (35.5 percent of all purchases)

n Top archery sight brand: TruGlo (27.8 percent of all purchases)

n Top decoy brand: Mojo (10.8 percent of all purchases)

n Top game call brand: Primos (26.2 percent of all purchases)

n Top reloading press brand: Lee Precision (37.9 percent of all purchases)

n Top reloading die brand: Lee Precision (38.3 percent of all purchases)

n Top reloading bullet brand: Hornady (34.0 percent of all purchases)

n Top reloading primer brand: CCI (40.3 percent of all purchases)

n Top reloading powder brand: Hodgdon (40.7 percent of all purchases)

n Top shot brand: Lawrence (30.2 percent of all purchases)

n Top binocular brand: Bushnell (28.7 percent of all purchases)

n Top scope brand for firearms: Bushnell (14.5 percent of all purchases)

n Top spotting scope brand: Barska (10.5 percent of all purchases)

n Top range finder brand: Bushnell (36.3 percent of all purchases)

n Top optic sight brand: EOTech (8.7 percent of all purchases)

n Top knife brand: Buck (13.4 percent of all purchases)

n Top cover scent brand: Wildlife Research Center (19.9 percent of all purchases)

n Top lure scent brand: Tinks (31.4 percent of all purchases)

n Top odor eliminator brand: Scent-A-Way (35.8 percent of all purchases)

n Top shooting target brand: Shoot-N-C (31.0 percent of all purchases)

n Top tree stand brand: Guide Gear (12.1 percent of all purchases)

n Top blind brand: Ameristep (33.9 percent of all purchases)

n Top clay brand: White Flyer (51.3 percent of all purchases)

n Top trail camera brand: Moultrie (25.4 percent of all purchases)

n Top holster brand: Blackhawk (15.0 percent of all purchases)

n Top gun sleeves brand: Allen (12.1 percent of all purchases)

n Top gun safe brand: Stack-on (25.7 percent of all purchases)

n Top magazine brand: ProMag (11.9 percent of all purchases)

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