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What are the 10 worst states for deer hunting?
On the top of almost every whitetail hunter’s bucket list is a “dream trip” to a state famous for growing big, mature whitetails. After all, who wouldn’t want to chase Booners in places like Kansas, Iowa, or even Kentucky?KCHO-mrec
For the average hunter, however, a trip like this is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Most of us are confined to hunting within a few hours from home, and chasing the best whitetails our state has to offer.
As deer season approaches (or is already open in many states) we’ve all read about the “best” states for chasing whitetails. States like Kansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Indiana consistently produce large numbers of trophy deer.
What if, however, you don’t live in a “deer famous” state?
We’ve compiled a list of 10 of the worst states for deer hunting. While there is no one category that makes a state “bad” for whitetail hunting, the following states exhibit low harvest numbers, large numbers of yearling bucks harvested, low numbers of mature bucks, heavy hunter density, consistently adverse weather, or all of the above.
Disclaimer: There is no single category that makes a state “bad” or “good” in regards to whitetail hunting, nor does every hunter in a given state share a similar experience. The data used below was compiled from the Quality Deer Management Association’s 2013 Whitetail Report. Average temperature data was found here, and snowfall data can be found here.
10.) Michigan

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Michigan has a long and proud hunting heritage, and it’s placement on this list is sure to earn the ire of many of the state’s 648,000 hunters. In addition to being one of the coldest states, however, Michigan ranks second nationally in the percentage of yearling bucks harvested in 2013 (59% of all bucks harvested).
In fact, only 17% of the bucks harvested in Michigan in 2013 were three and a half years old or older (third lowest nationally). The prospect of enduring adverse conditions and a large amount of competition for a relatively small chance at mature buck earns Michigan a second place ranking.
9.) Wisconsin

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Wisconsin is arguably one of the best states in the nation for chasing big whitetails. Over the years many record book deer have come from this great state.
54% of the bucks killed in 2013 were yearlings, however, and this combined with low temps and large amounts of snow earn Wisconsin a spot on our list.
8.) Rhode Island

It doesn’t seem fair, does it? While there’s no way that the smallest state in the Union can produce harvest numbers like Texas, Georgia, or Pennsylvania, Rhode Island placed near the bottom of deer harvested per square mile.
Unfortunately, that’s enough to earn this great state a spot on our list.
7.) Massachusetts

Massachusetts is another state that earns a spot on our list mostly because of its size. While the number and quality of bucks harvested in Massachusetts (and all over the Northeast, in fact) have been steadily increasing, only 20% of hunters reported a harvest. In the end, there’s no way around that.
6.) New Hampshire

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New Hampshire is another small northeastern state that earned a spot on our list. It ranks fifth lowest in antlerless deer harvested per square mile, is amongst the coldest and snowiest states in the U.S., and 49% of the harvested bucks were only a year and half old.
All those factors combined earn this state a sixth place ranking.
5.) Pennsylvania

There’s no denying that Pennsylvania can rack up some impressive deer harvest numbers.
In 2013 the Keystone State hunters harvested an impressive 127,540 bucks, along with 208,660 anterless deer. While these numbers and mild weather compared to many other states on our list place Pennsylvania in some impressive company, it’s number one ranking in hunter density (20.3 hunters per square mile) and large yearling buck harvest (50% of all antlered deer) land it at number five.
4.) Maine

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In 2013, Maine didn’t report the percentage of successful hunters, and we don’t blame them. Chasing whitetails in the vast woods and deep snow of the northeastern state presents a great challenge that few whitetail hunters will ever experience.
But its lowest-antlerless-deer-per-square-mile ranking (0.2), low average temperature (41 degrees),high annual snowfall (62 in), and large yearling buck harvest (54%) mean that it is perhaps to much of challenge for many.
3.) Vermont

Vermont is arguably one of the most beautiful states in the nation, especially during the fall. Vermont also has a proud history of big buck hunting; after all, who hasn’t dreamed about chasing big woods monsters alongside the famous Benoit family?
Despite all of these great qualities, Vermont’s challenging weather, low success rate and low overall harvest numbers earn it a number 3 ranking.
2.) New Jersey

New Jersey is a state that many don’t associate with deer hunting. In 2013, however, 63% of hunters reported harvesting at least one deer, which is in the top five nationally for hunter success rate.
Despite it’s proximity to the Big Apple, the deer density is also competitive nationwide (3.6 anterless deer harvested per square mile in 2013, compared to the national average of 2.1). These numbers, however, don’t tell the entire story. New Jersey ranks in the bottom ten in total deer harvest by state, and number one in the percentage of yearling buck harvest. 62% of all antlered bucks killed in New Jersey are yearlings, and that combined with low overall harvest numbers earn New Jersey a number two ranking.
1.) New York

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One of the largest states in the Northeast, New York easily slides in at number one on our list. The Empire State ranks third in hunter density nationwide (15.1 hunters per square mile), and while harvest numbers are competitive nationally, 54% of all bucks harvested were yearling deer.
In fact, only 18% of all bucks harvest in New York were three and a half years old or older (4th lowest nationally). This, combined with the highest average snowfall in the nation, means that New York has a large number of hunters enduring miserable conditions and a hostile political climate (in New York, you pay extra for your bowhunting “privilege”) to hunt a deer herd that is imbalanced at best.
That, friends, is enough to earn New York the number one spot on our list of 10 Worst Deer Hunting States in 2014.
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Re: Top 10 WORST deer hunting states, Pa #5

I certainly wouldn't want to be ranked in an article as one of the best states to hunt. Then the hunting population would increase!
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I have fun putting meat in the freezer, what else do you need?

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Re: Top 10 WORST deer hunting states, Pa #5

I'm guessing Pa gets such a bad ranking due to having so 20+ hunters per square mile. It's even worse on public land I'm sure.

I don't believe it's because of 50% of the kill being 18 months old... They are AR legal so it's an indicator of a healthy herd with low doe numbers and a balanced buck/doe ratio....
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They will literally write about anything. I swear the intent of some magazine isn't to be informative or present an article filled with tangible ideas....it's simply to fill the page

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Re: Top 10 WORST deer hunting states, Pa #5

What a bunch of nonsense. But I kinda knew it was gonna be once I saw QDM did the study.

I guess they get the 20 hunters per square mile by hl sold. But that's flawed. Not all license holders deer hunt. And not all states require a license to hunt.

How many states have as much public hunting land as we do? That right there should've removed us from their list.

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I wish they would rank us dead last, so I could laugh myself all the way to the butcher!

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Re: Top 10 WORST deer hunting states, Pa #5

geez clearfeild, last time we were the #18 best deer huntin' state. i'm confused.....

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Re: Top 10 WORST deer hunting states, Pa #5

Hey, the author does'nt like the cold or snow. I'll bet he hunts over bait in Texas.

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Re: Top 10 WORST deer hunting states, Pa #5

the author of the article or this thread?

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