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Old 02-04-2011, 03:47 PM
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(**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 . 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??

Color me shocked!

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)
[32] RI (0.31)
[33] CT (0.27)
[34] MA (0.213)
[35] NH (0.211)
[36] VT (0.19)
[37] ME (0.16)
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:19 PM
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hmm, not sure how acurate that is.... doesn't seem like it's acurate at all!
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:40 PM
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Tator, I 2nd that. Ohio should be up there a bit higher.
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:43 PM
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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???

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Old 02-07-2011, 08:57 AM
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I guess there's alot of people out there who don't get deer,,, either that or their tags aren't being used...
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:37 PM
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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.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:00 PM
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There IS something wrong with this list as Montana (MT) doesn't even appear on it. But I really don't care. When I first saw this list in the magazine, I was relieved that Montana hadn't been mentioned. NO sense spreading the word that we have a pretty good deer kill... and elk kill... and antelope kill... and .....
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These numbers don't make sense to me either. I did a little quick research on Illinois and Missouri, if I have MO's numbers right(they don't give a GRAND TOTAL) I come up with a total MO kill of somewhere between 275,000 and 290,000 on roughly 660,000 total tags sold. For Illinois I found roughly a total kill of 182,000 on about 635,000 total tags issued. Yet MO is listed below Illinois. So on approx. 25,000 to 30,000 more tags, MO killed about 100,000 more deer than Ill. Doesn't add up, does it?? Tator, do my numbers seem close for your state?? Just curious.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:59 AM
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Here in ky I think mid list is a about right, we (the west side of the state) got hit hard with the blue tounge a few years ago and we are really just now starting to see good numbers again. We also have areas of the state that's full of deer and areas you couldn't find one even if you did a burn out. Most of the state has a low bag limit but there are a few areas with unlimited doe with bonus tags bough at two doe per bonus tag. I also like how they (fish n game) have our state broke up into (zones) they rank thr deer population in each county and according to the numbers would determine the zone for that county, it is either zone 1, 2, 3, or 4 and in the hunting guide each zone has its own bag limit.
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Old 06-09-2012, 04:13 PM
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that for sure doesnt represent the amount of deer killed on private property that arent checked in. my state has gone to a call in checking thing now and its ridiculous. also, im not sure VA should be way up there. my entire side of the state has had 3 succesive record low deer harvests. we were down 32% over 2 years ago. yes more people are letting young bucks walk but not a third of them.
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