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turner 02-04-2011 03:47 PM

Best whitetail deer hunting states
(**I wasn't exactly sure if this was the proper place to post this. Please feel free to move it to a more appropriate place.)

Here is a list compiled by Field & Stream showing (supposedly) the best states, in order, for liklihood of a hunter taking a deer (either sex). I was more than a little shocked to see my home state, Tennessee rated so very low :shocking:. In my area of Tennessee we have so high a population, the bag limit is three deer a day for the entire season, with proper licences. 162,000 deer were harvested in Tn this season and our total population is 1,000,000 +/- Maybe Tennesseans are just bad shots??:w00t:

Color me shocked! :no:

So here you go, The Best Any-Whitetail States In America:
[1] AL (2.05 deer per hunter)
[2] GA (1.50)
[3] MS (1.49)
[4] SC (1.27)
[5] VA (0.96)
[6] LA (0.91)
[7] MD (0.90)
[8] ND (0.88)
[9] DE (0.84)
[10] WI (0.794)
[11] FL (0.792)*
[12] IL (0.786)
[13] NJ (0.784)**
[14] MO (0.75)
[15] IA (0.7322)
[16] TX (0.7318)
[17] WV (0.715)
[18] OH (0.672)
[19] MI (0.667)
[20] IN (0.58)
[21] AR (0.57)
[22] MN (0.54)
[23] NC (0.50)
[24] KS (0.49)
[25] KY (0.45)
[26] OK (0.43)
[27] PA (0.42)
[28] SD (0.41)
[29] NY (0.40)
[30] NE (0.39)
[31] TN (0.32) :confused:
[32] RI (0.31)
[33] CT (0.27)
[34] MA (0.213)
[35] NH (0.211)
[36] VT (0.19)
[37] ME (0.16)

tator 02-05-2011 05:19 PM

hmm, not sure how acurate that is.... doesn't seem like it's acurate at all!

Hunting Man 02-05-2011 07:40 PM

Tator, I 2nd that. Ohio should be up there a bit higher.

rdrader2002 02-05-2011 09:43 PM

Well, I'm going to be doing a little math here --

Let's see, I hunted this year taking one son and one daughter out hunting with me. That makes three hunters. I shot three deer this season, son and daugher none. But that still leaves 3 hunters with 3 deer. The math I learned in school says 3 divided by 3 equals 1.

So that should put Texas a lot higher on this list as well.

And oh, BTW, I know that there are plenty of folks there in TN that can shoot just fine. One question, just where is this "list" from Field and Stream anyway???

tator 02-07-2011 08:57 AM

I guess there's alot of people out there who don't get deer,,, either that or their tags aren't being used...

buckfever 02-07-2011 08:37 PM

Yep those TN numbers shock me as well. I know very few if any hunters that do not tag some type of deer during the year.

We have a very high limit we can take each year. And compared to KY I would think we would at least blow them out of the water!

Unless?????? They also include every lifetime license that was purchased since they were available. For example my son. He is 2. Had a license for 2 years and never shot a deer! (and just guessing but he probably will have 0 deer over the next 6 or so years as well)
And for the older hunters that purchased a lifetime and are no longer able to hunt? I wonder if they include these numbers in the estimate.

gfdeputy2 02-08-2011 06:17 AM

Yeah NH should be lower on the list say like 51 out of 5o!

BruceBruce1959 02-08-2011 06:31 AM

I Toatally agree with Vermonts position! :sad:

tator 02-08-2011 08:15 AM


Originally Posted by buckfever (Post 52485)
Unless?????? They also include every lifetime license that was purchased since they were available.

Wish we had lifetime licenses (how much do these cost in TN?)

In MO, if you gun AND bow hunt, you can take 3 bucks and unlimited does per year. Now not all counties in MO have the unlimited doe harvest, but mine does. We don't have the lifetime licenses, we have to buy ours every year. Buck tags were $17 and doe tags are $7.
All in all, I like the way MO does things....

buckfever 02-08-2011 10:25 AM

Here are prices for lifetime license...

Under 3 years of age - $200.00
3 years of age but less than 7 years of age - $540.00
7 years of age but less than 13 years of age - $810.00
13 years of age but less than 51 years of age - $1,620.00
51 years of age but less than 65 years of age - $945.00
65 years of age or older - $270.00

Since i dont want to fork out $1620 I buy a yearly sportsmen each year for $137 or so. We have very high prices in TN!

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