Wall Hangers: Kentucky

Eastern

Trophy deer hunters were surprised when a 2042/8 net typical-the fifth biggest in the world-was taken in Kentucky in 2000. Yet that is just one of 20-plus B&C; bucks being tagged annually here. And just this past year, Benjamin Brogle of Lancaster took the biggest nontypical ever in the state-a 2601/8 giant (see "Biggest Buck of the Year" on page 65)-and the biggest buck known by B&C; officials to have been taken last season. Count the state's one-buck limit as one reason. Another is a growing herd that has not overpopulated its habitat.

A record-book trophy could be taken anywhere in the state. "Over 60 counties have produced B&C; bucks," says state biologist John Phillips.

While there are more whitetails in western counties, for the best chance at a trophy, head east. "This area has the highest percentage of older bucks," says wildlife division director Jon Gassett. For public-land hunting, try Daniel Boone National Forest, with over 600,000 acres of mountainous big-woods habitat.

Nonresident license: $140
800-858-1549; www.kdfwr.state.ky.us