Going to another state for hunting can be a real adventure. Make sure that before you head out you check the weather, regulations, and are prepared to hunt while there. Respect the lands and they will respect you and as always, happy hunting.
Northwestern United States
The Northwest has not notoriously been known for large whitetail deer, but if you have been looking for a new place to hunt, you can definitely go to the northwest region where if you find it, you can easily bag large deer. Now while there are the potential for mother nature to run her course in the area (like any other place), there are locations that are primed for great hunting. Let’s look at some of the areas to plan your next trip to.
Deer like water, and Big Sky Country is plentiful. There is a river, The Milk River, that tends to attract large herds of whitetails. In this area you have to keep on the lookout for the alfalfa fields and their recovery (after disease), because once that comes back the area will again be flourishing.
But that doesn’t mean the entire state is out of deer, the southeast part of the state at the Powder River and the Tongue River are still flourishing and population of deer are still relatively high. For a license here you can apply online.
To get a combination license you will need to cough up $602. But there are other option such as region specific as well as landowner sponsored, and drawings which will come in as much less than the higher costs by hundreds. Check for different options for rifle, compound bow and crossbow hunt seasons.
Here you will have to do some work in order to get a good deer. And while they may not be the largest ones around, they will easily fill your freezer for the coming months. Venison until next year. If you do come to Wyoming, you can locate great places to hunt by knocking on land owners doors.
Seriously, the owners think that deer are pests and will gladly allow you to handle their business for them. While some places are leased for private hunting, landowners can give you the opening you need. The northeast portion of the state will garner you the largest payload. If you are looking to get a license here as a non resident it’s $312 plus a $14 application fee. As a resident $38 plus a $5 fee.
This is a great sleeping location for deer. But taken into consideration the recent fires, it might have taken a hit for the upcoming year, but with devastation comes an increase in life. More ground level vegetation will increase the population of the deer.
If you want to find deer there now however try the apple orchards in the central and southern parts of the states near the rivers. This is the prime location to get a good one. As a resident here you can get a Big Game hunting license (which covers you for Deer, Elk, Bear, & Cougars) for $95.50.
As a nonresident, you are looking at $860. Just deer will be $44.90 for a resident and $434.30 for a nonresident.
Southwestern United States
Some of the best deer hunting in the Southwest United States can be found in Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma. For rack size, body size, abundance, and healthiness, taking a trip to one of these three states could give you one of the most satisfactory hunting experiences of your life.
These three states have held long-term statistics for producing some of the biggest recorded bucks in the U.S. and for the best chances of spotting trophy bucks. The climate in this area is also beneficial to keeping the deer population relatively disease free and otherwise healthy, giving deer a chance to live longer and grow larger than other areas that might see certain diseases or predators reducing the population.
Colorado is known for producing some of the largest bucks of the season, on average. Most hunters find luck by tracking and watching in the eastern part of the state, where there are a lot of open plains, making it easy to spot a deer and keep an eye on him for a while before you get a strategic shot on him.
Not only will you tend to see larger sized deer in Colorado, but hunting in the Rocky Mountains is a scenic and relaxing experience as well. You can hunt in Colorado any time from late August to early November, depending on whether you intend to hunt rifle or archery.
Similar to Colorado, some of the best hunting in Oklahoma is reported to come out of the eastern part of the state. This part of the state has a habitat for deer that provides a steady source of water and crops that have ensured young deer to grow into large, mature bucks, and with large racks.
The landscape in Oklahoma also has plenty of cover for deer to find shelter in. Deer hunting in Oklahoma runs from the beginning of October to the middle of January, with date ranges also depending on your type of hunting and your age, as well.
Texas has a great track record for producing some beautiful trophy bucks, sizing above average in weight and rack. In the past few years Texas has received an exceptional amount of rainfall, irrigating much of the countryside and therefore growing more food for deer to grow larger.
Unfortunately, out of the three listed here, hunting in Texas is not as accessible as it is in other states, so you may have to travel a bit to find some open and decent hunting grounds. The limited space for hunting fills up somewhat quickly, but it is well worth the effort to post up and find yourself a trophy out there.
Texas deer seasons depend on whether you are hunting whitetail deer or mule deer, but generally run from the end of September to late January. Some breaks occur in between those dates, and special late seasons can apply to youth hunters.
A special late season in the South zone of Texas extends into February for archery hunting of Whitetail deer.
Southeastern United States
When you think of incredible deer hunting, you aren’t necessarily thinking of the Southeast. Maybe you are thinking Midwest or northwest, but don’t rule out this area of the country. There is some great hunting and great game to be caught.
The deer population in this area is abundant which means that you are almost guaranteed to come home with something. Food in the area is plentiful and that means more deer. Make sure to look into when the season is open and try out some of these areas for your next hunting trip.
A state that has only recently been known as a great deer hunting local, it’s considered in the top five for trophy states in the US. This means that when you go, you are more likely to bring home a deer that will score you high, we’re talking 195 gross high. Unlike some other states you have a lot of public land available to hunt.
Recently the south central and western regions of the state have given up some of the largest game but you can find them throughout the entire state. As a resident you are looking at a $35 deer permit and non resident of $120 (limit two deer), but that’s in addition to the $20 resident and $140 non resident hunting license.
Another location that isn’t necessarily thought of first, but it is ranked third for the number of deer that live within in limits, over 1.8 million of them in fact. Every year the average is 1.6 deer per person being bagged. The state though isn’t one for giving out big payloads, the deer are smaller, but still better than average and you can easily stock up the freezer until the next season.
A hunting license as a resident here will cost you $45 while a nonresident one will hit you for $305 but they also offer different ones that include 7 days licenses and less too.
This is an up and coming state that should really be considered. Getting in on the bottomfloor with this state could cause it to increase in ranks, get closer to the top areas to hunt in for deer. There has been a steady increase in size and number of deer that have been caught, which means that it’s only direction, is up.
A resident hunting license will cost you $25 and comes with a limit of six deer and two turkeys. As a non resident you are looking at $250 for a regular hunting license but you can also get 5-day, 3 day and 1 day licenses as well that come with their own limits too of how much you can take.
Those who live here have been cultivating their lands in order to attract the deer. And it’s worked. They are now in the top ten for the number of kills and the amount of public land to hunt on. We’re talking about 2.2 million acres of public hunting grounds.
Look for farms and open countryside in the area to find the largest catches of the year. As the owners continue to plant for the deer, the deer will continue to come, and grow. As a resident a hunting license will run $133. As a non resident you can get a 3-day hunting license for $60.
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