We look at deer herd health, harvest numbers, new regulations and trophy potential in all 50 states.
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It's been a strange year so far for deer herds. First, regions in the Northeast and Northwest were crushed by a long, brutal winter. Then the South was drowned by floodwaters in the spring. Huge stretches of land in the Southwest spent the summer burning in wildfires or baking under severe drought. How have deer herds fared through it all? Excellent in some cases, poor in others.
To give you a better idea of what you can expect in the woods this fall, we put together a gallery looking at harvest numbers, herd health, new regulations, and Boone and Crockett trophy data in all 50 states. We looked at whitetails, mule deer and even blacktails. The gallery is ranked by harvest numbers from 2010, starting with states that took the most deer to states that took the least (some states didn't have 2010 data in yet so we went back to 2011). Also included is the overall B&C rank for each state over the last 10 years.
See how your home state stacks up.
To read about why deer numbers are down in some regions go to: Are We Killing Too Many Does?