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salukipv1 05-15-2009 12:25 PM

Best Trophy Whitetail State? 170"+
 
Which stateabove do you think is your best bet to take a big whitetail buck, 170" plus.

Champlain Islander 05-15-2009 12:35 PM

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My vote goes to either Illinois or Iowa

wis_rifle_hunter 05-15-2009 12:54 PM

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i think my home state and the greatest state which is wisconsin is the best trophy state to shoot those big ole bruisers

tnt1960 05-15-2009 12:58 PM

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I voted for Kansas.

onehornjimmy 05-15-2009 02:25 PM

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Wisconsin

tyleryeags 05-15-2009 04:29 PM

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Iowa

907Alaska 05-15-2009 09:15 PM

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ORIGINAL: tyleryeags

Iowa
x2

cardeeer 05-16-2009 04:00 AM

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Pa , LOL!!!!! >>>>>>>>>>> IOwa ,only cause I took a 186 and a 182 there. But they were costly.Cant afford that anymore.

bugsNbows 05-16-2009 09:00 AM

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Iowa with Kansas a close second...IMO.

salukipv1 05-16-2009 02:38 PM

RE: Best Trophy Whitetail State? 170"+
 
I'm looking more and more towards Iowa, what's the going rate for a archery hunt during the rut, anyone know?


ORIGINAL: cardeeer

Pa , LOL!!!!! >>>>>>>>>>> IOwa ,only cause I took a 186 and a 182 there. But they were costly.Cant afford that anymore.

crabclaw 05-16-2009 02:52 PM

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It's about$500.00 for a nonresident Iowa tag that you have to get drawn for. Wisconsin is a over the counter $160.00. (This is for archery)

WIbuckchaser 05-16-2009 06:54 PM

RE: Best Trophy Whitetail State? 170"+
 
They're all good I have no idea which is the best. Get enough neighbors to cooperate and you can make it happen anywhere in a known big buck state.

The Outdoorsman 05-18-2009 05:25 AM

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Iowa hands down.

Redclub 05-18-2009 02:31 PM

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Wis. registers more B-C bucks than any other state ,almost double the other states but I believe Ill. has a few bigger ones.
Redclub

Father Forkhorn 05-19-2009 05:02 AM

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Wis. registers more B-C bucks than any other state ,almost double the other states but I believe Ill. has a few bigger ones.

I wonder, though, if number of hunters factors in to it. Kansas (my state) enters plenty of trophy bucks in the books but with nowhere near the hunter numbers of a state like Wisconsin (we also have less deer, FWIW).

Also, our success rates seem high, probably because deer are more concentrated into patches of cover. I compared it to Michigan once (where my family lives), and if memory serves, we get about double the number of tags filled successfully. Presumably, that means it would be easier to run into a bigger deer simply because he doesn't have as many places to hide (not that a trophy deer is ever easy).

Pardon me if my $.02 only muddies the waters.

Primetime/IL 05-19-2009 02:51 PM

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Illinois or Iowa

EndeavorShooter 05-19-2009 04:06 PM

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For a fair chase non pay hunt. You just can't beat Indiana!!

fishguts 05-20-2009 05:35 AM

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You could make a case for almost any of the states you listed. It all depends on the area you are hunting--hunting pressure, terrain and cover, etc. In other words, you stand a good chance of killing a 170 in Iowa, KS, IL, WI or OH ifall the ingredients are there.

crokit 05-20-2009 05:41 AM

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IMHO, NY State has been somewhat of a sleeper through the years. In fact, until the Early '60's, Roosevelt Lucky's buck-Allegany co.- was the # 1, prior to the Jordan Buck emerging.

BarnesX.308 05-20-2009 08:49 AM

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Pennsylania had 1 million hunters for many, many years. Many of them hunting forested-only public land.

On PA land with decent nutrition and low hunting pressure, we're seeing a lot of big and heavy deer in the last several years.

crokit 05-20-2009 09:18 AM

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BarnesX: allowing them to get a few years under them couldn't have hurt, either,

BarnesX.308 05-20-2009 04:15 PM

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BarnesX: allowing them to get a few years under them couldn't have hurt, either,
Exactly. And good habitat with low hunter density will do that. Sure, antler restrictions help, but they're not enough in the high hunter density areas. Out in the mid-west, they have a lot of land with much fewer hunters.

We hunt in the middle of nowhere in PA. There's lots of private land and huge tracks of state land with limited access. You won't see another hunter if you get off the highway just a little. There's always been slammers coming out of those areas. The guys just have to work their asses off for them. They're not hunting the edge of an alfalfa field. We're talking about 1000 acre swamps and overgrown clearcuts.

fishguts 05-20-2009 04:42 PM

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Any reason you left Florida off that list?

bowmanaj 05-20-2009 07:53 PM

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Any of those states. And parts of Indiana

Bowexpert 05-21-2009 06:46 AM

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Northern Wisconsin !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Redclub 05-21-2009 11:05 AM

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Buffalo county Wi. registers more B-C and P-Y bucks than most States yep they do. Mostly private land and they let small ones grow up, now a 3 year old buck there will be huge,great gene's
RC

EndeavorShooter 05-21-2009 11:45 AM

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ORIGINAL: fishguts

Any reason you left Florida off that list?
LOL :D I have seen fawn tracks in florida I could cover with a quarter.

Schultzy 05-21-2009 07:19 PM

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Iowa

deer shot 05-24-2009 02:48 PM

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Iowa

virginiashadow 05-24-2009 03:05 PM

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A "trophy" is defined by the eye of the beholder.

appleater25 05-27-2009 04:46 PM

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How is Texas not on this list? I'm from Wisconsin, but just wondering. Also does this have to be an opinion?-isn't there just a clear cut number implying which state has the most 170"+ deer?

shawnfogelman 05-28-2009 12:44 AM

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I voted Ohio. For 100% wild, fair chase deer(This means NO FENCE)...i have to say Ohio followed by Illinois.These two states have the best chances for and most qualifying 170"+ deer.

Kybuckhunter 05-31-2009 01:00 PM

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Kentucky is number 2 in the nation for B&C bucks per square mile. Most any of these states would be great however.

appleater25 06-01-2009 09:14 AM

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No kidding? What's number one I wonder?

Kybuckhunter 06-01-2009 04:40 PM

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ORIGINAL: appleater25

No kidding? What's number one I wonder?
Illinois

appleater25 06-02-2009 09:35 AM

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I guess that's all that needed be said! haha

excalibur43 06-02-2009 03:39 PM

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Hereare the top 10according to the Boone & Crockett Club, by deer entered.

1- Iowa -615
2- Minnesota-608
3- Wisconsin-589
4- Illinois- 552
5- Texas- 316
6- Missouri- 285
7- Kentucky-279
8- Kansas-255
9- Ohio- 235
10- Michigan-155

Kybuckhunter 06-03-2009 05:55 PM

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ORIGINAL: appleater25

I guess that's all that needed be said! haha
Maybe not...you need to look at the cost to hunt these two states and the easy for non resident hunters to be able to hunt it. Ky is much cheaper and anyone can buy a tag over the counter.....but dont get me wrong...I love all these the outfitters taking over your state rather than mine.

Lanse couche couche 06-04-2009 05:19 AM

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Kybuck,

Nobody even knew what an outfitter was in southeastern Illinois 15 years ago. Now it is increasingly common. Trust me, they will be coming to your neighborhood soon.[:o]

Champlain Islander 06-04-2009 05:37 AM

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ORIGINAL: Lanse couche couche

Kybuck,

Nobody even knew what an outfitter was in southeastern Illinois 15 years ago. Now it is increasingly common. Trust me, they will be coming to your neighborhood soon.[:o]
That is one reason why I don't like to hunt the mid west anymore. I like to be able to hunt open land and gain permission with a handshake just like it is here. The new mid west hunting is all about the money and something is lost in the process. Pay to hunt or leasing is a blight just like posted land. Once it starts it gets worse and never ends. It is like a catch 22 though. When the deer hunting gets great for large mature deer then the money comes into play and it is never the same.


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