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Big Buck Hotspot: Why Southeast Minnesota Could be the Ultimate Trophy Whitetail Destination

Big Buck Hotspot: Why Southeast Minnesota Could be the Ultimate Trophy Whitetail Destination

Forget Iowa and Buffalo County. Southeastern Minnesota is the new destination for trophy whitetails. Doug Howlett spent the season there figuring out why.
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from Bpul2113 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Iowa is without number 1 in book deer. It is not reflected in the book for 1 very simple reason. A large, large number of the big deer are not recorded. I personally know of 5 200" deer and a huge number of 180-200 inch deer not recorded. That's just my friends, my outer ring number of friends would number a 100 or more deer not recorded. I would suggest it is quite a bit more. Ask anyone, "you gotta love Iowa"

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from Bpul2113 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I live in Iowa. Moved here specifically for the deer hunting. Bought a couple nice farms and have gotten to know some of the big names in the deer world. Iowa is without a doubt the best big buck state. It's not reflected in the books for one very simple reason. A very, very large percentage of the book deer are not entered. The folks killing these deer don't want the attention that really big deer bring. I personally know of at least 5 200" deer that are not recorded and countless other 180-200" that will never see the book. And that's just me with a small circle of friends. My outer ring of hunter acquatances would boggle your mind with the deer not recorded. My bow club has at least 40 deer on the wall that would qualify and not one is recorded. Trust me, Iowa can't be beat

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from njschneider wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Yay go to Minnesota and stay out of Iowa

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

No thanks, I'll stick with Iowa.

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from Ted Wawrzyniak wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Inspector D, you are wrong. The oppostion rate was 39% when the program started. It is expected that this will decline even further. Unfortunately, there is a vocal minority who got the ear of one crazy Legislator and now the Minnesota DNR has to get approval from the State Legislature to continue the program. It is truly sad when some elected officials think that they know more about managing the states natural resources than those who have extensive training in the area. Guess that's why this country is so screwed up in the first place.

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from Inspector D wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

One thing that this article fails to mention is that SE Minnesota has had "experimental" antler point restrictions in place for a few years now. There was a good article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune a couple weeks ago talking about this area. When they first decided to go with the antler point restriction (4pts on at least one side) around 80% of the hunters opposed it. Now alot of them are coming around because so many people are scoring big.
QDM isn't just a bunch antler crazy jerks. It's shown to acually have a good biological impact by creating a more balanced heard. MN may have "dropped" to number 9 on the list but it's not because of genetics. It's because over 60% of the firearms harvest are 1 1/2 old bucks that never get a chance to make it.
FYI, the 138" buck in my avitar was only 3 1/2 and shot in MN. Not huge by some standards but I'll take it. :)

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

B&C Trophy Whitetail Production, 2005-2010, plus comparative data from 1980-1985.
(Typical and non-typical trophies combined)

1. Wisconsin, 383 entries (1980-1985 rank 3rd, 40 entries)
2. Illinois, 299 entries (1980-1985 rank 6th, 30 entries)
3. Iowa, 224 entries (1980-1985 rank 2nd, 59 entries)
4. Ohio, 215 entries (1980-1985 rank 14th, 16 entries)
5. Missouri, 214 entries (1980-1985 rank 9th (tie), 25 entries)
6. Kentucky, 199 entries (1980-1985 rank 9th (tie), 25 entries)
7. Indiana, 195 entries (1980-1985 rank 16th, 14 entries)
8. Kansas, 181 entries (1980-1985 rank 4th, 35 entries)
9. Minnesota, 172 entries (1980-1985 rank 1st, 76 entries)
10. Saskatchewan, 147 entries (1980-1985 rank 7th (tie), 27 entries)
It's fun to flaunt bias, but it really comes down to the numbers. Minnesota is falling in the record books not gaining. Wonder why? I thought Iowa would be higher. Its still Wisconsin and Illinois at the top. Wonder why?

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

No thanks, I'll stick with Iowa.

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from Inspector D wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

One thing that this article fails to mention is that SE Minnesota has had "experimental" antler point restrictions in place for a few years now. There was a good article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune a couple weeks ago talking about this area. When they first decided to go with the antler point restriction (4pts on at least one side) around 80% of the hunters opposed it. Now alot of them are coming around because so many people are scoring big.
QDM isn't just a bunch antler crazy jerks. It's shown to acually have a good biological impact by creating a more balanced heard. MN may have "dropped" to number 9 on the list but it's not because of genetics. It's because over 60% of the firearms harvest are 1 1/2 old bucks that never get a chance to make it.
FYI, the 138" buck in my avitar was only 3 1/2 and shot in MN. Not huge by some standards but I'll take it. :)

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from Ted Wawrzyniak wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Inspector D, you are wrong. The oppostion rate was 39% when the program started. It is expected that this will decline even further. Unfortunately, there is a vocal minority who got the ear of one crazy Legislator and now the Minnesota DNR has to get approval from the State Legislature to continue the program. It is truly sad when some elected officials think that they know more about managing the states natural resources than those who have extensive training in the area. Guess that's why this country is so screwed up in the first place.

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from Bpul2113 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Iowa is without number 1 in book deer. It is not reflected in the book for 1 very simple reason. A large, large number of the big deer are not recorded. I personally know of 5 200" deer and a huge number of 180-200 inch deer not recorded. That's just my friends, my outer ring number of friends would number a 100 or more deer not recorded. I would suggest it is quite a bit more. Ask anyone, "you gotta love Iowa"

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

B&C Trophy Whitetail Production, 2005-2010, plus comparative data from 1980-1985.
(Typical and non-typical trophies combined)

1. Wisconsin, 383 entries (1980-1985 rank 3rd, 40 entries)
2. Illinois, 299 entries (1980-1985 rank 6th, 30 entries)
3. Iowa, 224 entries (1980-1985 rank 2nd, 59 entries)
4. Ohio, 215 entries (1980-1985 rank 14th, 16 entries)
5. Missouri, 214 entries (1980-1985 rank 9th (tie), 25 entries)
6. Kentucky, 199 entries (1980-1985 rank 9th (tie), 25 entries)
7. Indiana, 195 entries (1980-1985 rank 16th, 14 entries)
8. Kansas, 181 entries (1980-1985 rank 4th, 35 entries)
9. Minnesota, 172 entries (1980-1985 rank 1st, 76 entries)
10. Saskatchewan, 147 entries (1980-1985 rank 7th (tie), 27 entries)
It's fun to flaunt bias, but it really comes down to the numbers. Minnesota is falling in the record books not gaining. Wonder why? I thought Iowa would be higher. Its still Wisconsin and Illinois at the top. Wonder why?

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from njschneider wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Yay go to Minnesota and stay out of Iowa

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from Bpul2113 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I live in Iowa. Moved here specifically for the deer hunting. Bought a couple nice farms and have gotten to know some of the big names in the deer world. Iowa is without a doubt the best big buck state. It's not reflected in the books for one very simple reason. A very, very large percentage of the book deer are not entered. The folks killing these deer don't want the attention that really big deer bring. I personally know of at least 5 200" deer that are not recorded and countless other 180-200" that will never see the book. And that's just me with a small circle of friends. My outer ring of hunter acquatances would boggle your mind with the deer not recorded. My bow club has at least 40 deer on the wall that would qualify and not one is recorded. Trust me, Iowa can't be beat

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