Reporter: Scott Bestul

States covered: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin

Bestul, Field & Stream's Whitetails columnist, grew up hunting deer in Wisconsin and tagged his first buck when he was 12 years old. In the seasons since, Bestul has hunted whitetails in a dozen states and has taken more than 20 book-class whitetails. He and his family live in the bluff country of southeastern Minnesota.