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20 Best States for whitetail hunting

18. Pennsylvania

Public Land: 9
Trophy Production: 6
Harvest Numbers: 9
Hunter Density: 1
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TOTAL: 33

There's a lot of great things to say about Pennsylvania, including the insane number of deer harvested there each year (430,000). The state has about 4 million acres of public land and ranks in the top 20 for B&C trophy entries in the last decade. Only two states, Texas and Wisconsin, produce more deer kills than Pennsylvania annually. A solid deer population (1.2 million) and abundant licenses (800,000) make for an opportunity-rich deer hunting experience. Why doesn't Pennsylvania rank higher, you ask? It has the highest hunter density in the U.S. (20.5 hunters per sq. mile) and can be a nightmare come opening morning of deer season.
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Why doesn't Pennsylvania rank higher, you ask? It has the highest hunter density in the U.S. (20.5 hunters per sq. mile) and can be a nightmare come opening morning of deer season.
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Re: 20 Best States For Whitetail Hunting

We all wish it could be better but it could be worse. Yes, some parts of the state the hunters are suffering but overall I'm glad to hunt in PA.
Wow top 20 in B&C entries in the last decade. That's pretty good right there!
Overall, I think we have it good. Good hunting and good fishing. Good hunters a d good fisherman. And a Game Commission that at least tries to make things good. Sure they will never make us all happy but I will take what they do any day over what goes on in some states.
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Re: 20 Best States For Whitetail Hunting

facts?

do we really harvest 430,000 deer?

are there really 1.2 million deer here?

sounds like an opinion article, based on the authors "research."

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Re: 20 Best States For Whitetail Hunting

Probably half that amount of deer in Pa, there were 1.2 mil during the peak years. Population is down around 80% here compared to 15 years ago. Really 18th isn't that great when you think of it, figured the amount of B & C coming from Pa would rank us a little higher. Both AR and HR worked well.

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Re: 20 Best States For Whitetail Hunting

IMO
The #1 reason for such a "high" ranking for us is the posting of private parcels of land allowing bucks to age and genetics to play out. Couple that with AR and a much improved b/d ratio and you have the recipe for big bucks.
What it has really turned Pa into is a state of haves and have nots....
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Re: 20 Best States For Whitetail Hunting

In the grand scheme of things, 18 isnt great by any sense of the imagination. When states that arent even known for whitetail hunting(take idaho) and more for other big game beat you out, then theres not any reason to sing the praise.

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In the grand scheme of things, 18 isnt great by any sense of the imagination. When states that arent even known for whitetail hunting(take idaho) and more for other big game beat you out, then theres not any reason to sing the praise.
i don't put too much stock in that article. first off, it's full of errors. secondly, it's very subjective, more of an opinion peice than anything else. but i'll agree, 18th ain't nothing to brag about. heck, theres probably at least 10 states that don't even have whitetails.

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Re: 20 Best States For Whitetail Hunting

Actually yellodog there are 5 states that do not have whitetails. They are Alaska, Hawaii,Utah, Nevada & California. I have heared that whitetails have moved into the far Norteren parts of California, but could not find anything to substatiate that claim.
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Wow top 20 in B&C entries in the last decade. That's pretty good right there!
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Re: 20 Best States For Whitetail Hunting

IMO this state has gotten a lot better in trophy quality because of AR. I personally know of over 50 hunters who have harvested their best bucks to date within the last several years. I hunt mostly public land. I am seeing some great bucks and have also harvested my two best bucks the last two years. On public land! I really don't consider myself a trophy hunter but I have been allowing younger bucks to pass early in the season. Allowing me more time to hunt and harvest an older buck. I certainly have no problem with anyone hunting differently than me and believe all deer are trophies. Good huntin' however you legally hunt!
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