The point of these outdoor term lessons is to make you a better outdoorsman. Here are some hunting and fishing slang words that will put you right in the loop.
Hunting and fishing are niche communities, like a lot of sports or hobbies. With these communities comes a certain lingo and if you aren’t up to snuff with your slang, you may look silly when you are out “letting lead or arrows fly” or “getting your line wet.”
Be the best outdoorsman you can be and learn some sportsmen slang words for this week’s outdoor term of the week.
Molly, Flathead, Wingnut: Doe
Slob, Hoss, Toad, Mossyback, Wallhanger: Big buck
Swamp Donkey- Moose
Hangers: Fresh deer poop that hangs off your boot
Re-Prod: Re-forestation project
Mountain Money: Toilet paper
Timber Tigers: Chipmunks
Dipstick: Clueless hunter
Grass Bag: Stomach (“I hit him in the grass bag.”)
Boiler Room: Heart/Lung area where you want to aim for
Smokepole: Muzzle loader
Tree Chickens, Tree Bacon, or Tree Rats: Squirrels
Hog/Hawg, Toad, Pig: Big fish
Shovel Nose, Mud Cat: Catfish
Gigging: Spearfishing but not under water
Spooled: When all the line has been stripped from the reel
Flossing: Snagging a fish
Purist: Fly fisherman (maybe old school, maybe pretentious)
Kicker: Trolling motor
Whiffing or Cankering: Losing a fish
Flea Flicker: Fly fisherman
Thumb Burner: Bait casting reel with no drag
Tunagin: Tuna virgin (someone who has never caught tuna)
A lot of fishing slang pertains to specific fish. A few of those terms are on this list but that is like opening Pandora’s box…there are a lot of slang terms for particular fish out there.
Jargon is always regional, so a lot of communities in certain areas will have names for species only found in that area. Or they may have terms for things only done in their state.
I’m sure you and your hunting or fishing buddies have a lot of slang that only people in your circles know. Add to the list!