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Question by buckhunter. Uploaded on February 04, 2009
It's not Ohio so just STAY OUT! lol
Depends on how big of whitetail you want, Kansas has some good sized deer and a good population, Nebraska has a good popluation but smaller deer than Kansas as far as body size.
There are several states that have been known for producing big bucks consistently; Ohio, Illinois, Kansas, and Iowa are some of the most well known. Out of those I would go with Iowa.
It also depends on what u want to hunt with cause in some of those states you cannot use rifle
I'd say all the midwest states: Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
Today I saw Steve Binkley's 242 inch Iowa non-typical. That deer is a HOG! My hunting buddy is the Taxidermist on that one. He was shot just North of MO. All the guys above make good points. I hunt Kansas and MO. It is hard to choose but Northern MO is very good now. They have quality deer management and a huge herd. Click my name and look at the pic of 2 bucks we shot opening day 08 in Mo. Those are nice but we have seen bigger deer that got away. Five yr ago we would see 3 or 4 bucks and 20 doe. Now we see 10 bucks and 10 does and 5 of those bucks are 8 point or better. The NR tag is cheaper in MO and doe tags are unlimited for only $7 each.
Great bucks Del. Congrats. Being from Ohio I hear a lot about the Kansas and Iowa. I think Ohio is an overlooked big buck factory. We've got the Beatty and the Schumaker bucks to our credit. It's an over the counter tag for non-residents and fairly cheap too. The only problem is that public land is limited.
Oh, by the way, the "Stay Out of Ohio" comment was a joke. If someone thought I was serious I apologize.
I would agree with Iowa also!
People are going to say Kansas, Ohio, and Iowa of course and I agree they are good states. I hunt in Northern Missouri and there's some biggins up here.
The Midwest is great for whitetail hunting. I live in SouthWest Illinois a few counties south from the famous Pike county. There are many large deer killed every year around here and for use large is 160 or better. I do warn you that areas known to produce good deer also come with high hunting pressure and high ground prices. So I would recommend moving to the lesser known areas or areas outside of the crowd. Where I live there are great Public Hunting Areas and BELIEVE ME there are BIG bucks on public ground. You just have to do the work to find them. ;)
Corn belt states and Kansas
i believe nebraska is they have a great population and great body size and very nice horns i shot a 156 class typical this year and a 142 class non typical last year
Wisconsin. Huge variety in habitat. Big North woods, farm country, swamps and marshes, and the famous Buffalo county. Can't go wrong with the badger state.
Maine. big deer and very challenging hunt.
While I agree with everything that has been said, I am surprised no one has mentioned Michigan for big deer. For sheer numbers of deer I would go with Texas, Mississippi,or Alabama. Those states cannot rival the size of the midwest deer but, they post respectable numbers of B&C bucks every year.
My Oppinion is you go to Iowa for the big bucks and you go to Minnesota for alot of small ones
Only little spikes and scrawny does here in Michigan. :-)
year after year Ohio and the upper Midwest pump out some monstrous bucks.
Chris, Shhhhhhhhh! I'm trying to keep Ohio a secret. No deer here guys. Just move on. :)
Well based on the number of B&C entries, it would have to be Iowa. Based on P&Y entries, it would have to be either Wisconsin or Illinois.
Pennsylvania is an overlooked state we've got more hunters than any other state by far but truth be told most of those hunters are only out there for a couple days a year and the antler restriction is helping to produce some dandies here!
DNR says the southern lower michigan is over populated and that includes all the counties where 80% or more of the record bucks were taken in michigan.
Lots of really big deer is still good right?
I like Michigan for access to the deer herd, we don't have the real big ones, but we have allot. If I did not live here I would hunt Wisconsin or Iowa.
Naturally people are going to say what the best places to hunt bucks are, but if you want does, come to North Dakota. There is leftover doe tags every year.
MAINE but don;t come here there my deer, LOL
Ohio or Kentucky ...
It's not Illinois either, find another state! Thanks
Why is it that all deer hunters immediately want to talk antlers. For big bucks I would agree Iowa would get my first nod in the US. But Alerta would have to get my attention as well. If we are talking about "deer" hunting and including does then NC, WV, and many other southern states come to mind. I am more about putting meat in the freezer as most typical hunters in WV are. However given the opportunity to take a nice formed buck, he is down for the count.
Mississippi! We have over 1.7 million deer
We got many w-tails and a season for rifle hunters from early Oct. till Jan first. (Bow season much earlier) but I will not state which stae, unless we cane charge the NR the fees I pay to hunt out west. I understand Kansas has huge deer with large HORNS, and they should with all the grain produced there. I do know that the Rockies is lacking in both w-tails and Mulies now, so go Mid-west or deep south. If you Billfold is bulging, then go to Texas.Every Tom, Dick and HArry goes the fist few days of deer season, orange everwher. Wait a week or so, let the deer settle down then go hunting in most states, be patient for old big boy to show up, he will sooner or later. If teh bigger make it thru the first 2-3 days, chances he will beddown and stay put till dark then after the guns stop shoting he will fall back into his normal pattern proving the rut is not over. Rut here is the first week of season and the 2nd is aBOUT 30 DAYS LATER. i KILLED A HUGE W-TAIL LAST YEAR ON DEC. 16 which appeared the late season fawn does came in. Good hunting, great deer are where you can hunt and find them. Shoot-um-straight and often.
I live in the Bluegrass State(Kentucky for those who don't know). River bottom bucks in the western part of the state are big, but I would have to say that the biggest ones I have seen come from Wisconsin. I travel to Wisconsin about 3-6 times a year to visit family and the stories and pictures I see of harvested bucks are phenomenal. I would have to agree with golfing sportsman about the habitat. I have been all over the state from the corn fields and swamp lands of the south to the big north woods up around Black River Falls and Chippewa Falls and have been very impressed. The buck that was captured on film and harvested this year in Buffalo County that may be? the new record is only proof that big 'uns grow in Wisconny. I know there are bigger ones than that lurking in the Badger State.
does Canada count? some big ol' bruisers in good ol' Sassy.
Iowa or wisconsin
Ohio seems to have some big ones. Although it is closer to me and I know a bunch of people who hunt there.
Wisconsin or all of midwest states.
I have hunted in some great places in Nebraska Oklahoma and north Missouri but I don’t think you can beat Kansas I have hunted all over the state, you can find big deer almost anywhere, but northeast Kansas has more than a few monsters.
I say Iowa.........Great state to hunt whitetails!!!!!!!!!
I live in PA and there are some hunters that go out a few days a year but there are many hunters that go out much more than that....and remember some dont have to go out all the time if they have already harvested their deer
Wisconsin or Minnesota me and my brother hunt there and we have taken some big ones.
The U.P. of Michigan. Great area. Plenty of deer. Awesome locals.
Most people say that it's hard to shoot a big buck in maine, but you just gotta find the right spot! There are monsters here, especially what my dad shot the other day... every year we pull out one big one.
mostly the midwest
everyone knows the huge bucks come from wisconsin this year a new record was set from where oh yea wisconsin
WISCONSIN HAS BEEN THE RECORD HOLDER FOR CENTURIES IT HAS THE BEST DEER EVAR
I live in Michigan and would say we have a lot of deer, ecspecially in the southern counties, but we don't have the big ones. But there are some big ones in the U.P. The best states for whitetail hunting would be the midwest states (Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa) and Texas too.
Michigan is a great state if you like to shoot fawns.With the mismanagement from our DNR and the long gun season that`s about the only thing left.
i personaly think western and northern kentucky get overlooked a lot i myself and many people i know all together have shot many trophy whitetails and i believe people dont appreciate the bottomlands of western kentucky enough.
What ever state I am it at that moment
Look it up
I definitly agree with the Kansas Hunters killed my first Deer in Kansas when i was 13 160 8 point and now that i am in the Navy stationed out in Va i really truly miss hunting in Kansas, the deer here in Va are the size of a medium dog is really pathetic
Ohio I've seen at least one 160 inch deer or larger 5 years in a row now
i live in michigan and every year i drive to PA to hunt whitetails on opening day. while driving through Ohio i ALWAYS see at least one HUGE buck along the highway, and i know a few guys that hunt there to. OH is gonna have to be my number one big buck destination right now.
huntingkid and shep,
i live in southern michigan, trust me there are some huge deer down here, only problem is they live in the suburbs and parks and nobody can get at them, last year i saw 3 huge bucks, all around 130 and up. there are 2 colleges near me that own large chunks of woodlands near my house, i know of one 200 inch buck that inhabits on of the college grounds and there are plenty of B and C bucks in those two places as well.
I would say Iowa if you could use a rifle...muzelloader & shot gun only :( Wisconsin if the rifle season wasnt only 9 days, so I guse My Minnesota will have to due, big body & racks up here but too many does per buck...No Perfect place.
georgia i have never been hunting and not seen a deer
Kansas all the way
Georgia is the best. Find the right place and you could tag out. In the southern part of the state, the deer are in the big crop fields. In the northern part, where I live, is one of the best places in the south to get a big deer. Deer grow big on the acorns, corn, and soybeans.
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