Outdoor Life Online Editor

Deer, deer. That’s the bottom line here in the East, where whitetail populations can be so thick they defy description. The region has even avoided chronic wasting disease so far, as herd health remains good. If you do your homework-scout out your selected terrain and secure permission for private land as needed-chances are excellent you’ll get your deer.

[XLINK 480612 “Connecticut”] | [XLINK 480619 “Delaware”] | [XLINK 480626 “Maine”] | [XLINK 480630 “Maryland”] | [XLINK 480637 “Massachusetts”] | [XLINK 480639 “New Hampshire”] | [XLINK 480640 “New Jersey”] | [XLINK 480808 “New York”] | [XLINK 480809 “Pennsylvania”] | [XLINK 480814 “Rhode Island”] | [XLINK 480816 “Vermont”] | [XLINK 480819 “West Virginia”]

With hot predictions for this year hunters can look forward to longer seasons, mature bucks and more tags in many Southern states. Our state-by-state guide is the perfect primer for good public hunts, deer herd conditions and updated numbers from last season.

[XLINK 480824 “Alabama”] | [XLINK 480830 “Arkansas”] | [XLINK 480831 “Florida”] | [XLINK 480832 “Georgia”] | [XLINK 480833 “Kentucky”] | [XLINK 480839 “Louisiana”] | [XLINK 480845 “Mississippi”] | [XLINK 480854 “North Carolina”] | [XLINK 480858 “South Carolina”] | [XLINK 480865 “Tennessee”] | [XLINK 480867 “Texas”] | [XLINK 480868 “Virginia”]

A big buck for the trophy wall and a doe for the freezer? Midwestern deer hunters have a very good chance of bagging both in 2003. With deer numbers still very high, game agencies continue to promote increased harvests of antlerless deer through extra tags and extended seasons. With the antlerless approach five or six years old, a number of older bucks are now coming up through the ranks. So get that doe tag-but keep an eye out for a monster.

[XLINK 480871 “Illinois”] | [XLINK 480873 “Indiana”] | [XLINK 480875 “Iowa”] | [XLINK 480877 “Kansas”] | [XLINK 480879 “Michigan”] | [XLINK 480883 “Minnesota”] | [XLINK 480888 “Missouri”] | [XLINK 480893 “Nebraska”] | [XLINK 480898 “North Dakota”] | [XLINK 480901 “Ohio”] | [XLINK 480904 “Oklahoma”] | [XLINK 480908 “South Dakota”] | [XLINK 480910 “Wisconsin”]

The past two winters were mild across the West, and most deer herds came through in good condition. The mild winter was followed by a wet spring, which helped to alleviate the dry conditions that have plagued several Western states. Throughout much of the Rocky Mountains, mule deer populations are stable, and while their numbers may never be like “the good old days,” Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming and Utah should deliver good mule deer hunting in 2003. Blacktail deer numbers on the West Coast have slipped due to changing timber harvest practices, urbanization and disease losses. Western whitetail populations are generally on the rise.

[XLINK 339479 “Alabama”] | [XLINK 480914 “Alaska”] | [XLINK 480916 “Arizona”] | [XLINK 480918 “California”] | [XLINK 480919 “Colorado”] | [XLINK 480921 “Hawaii”] | [XLINK 480927 “Idaho”] | [XLINK 480933 “Montana”] | [XLINK 480934 “Nevada”] | [XLINK 480937 “New Mexico”] | [XLINK 480939 “Oregon”] | [XLINK 480940 “Utah”] | [XLINK 480941 “Washington”] | [XLINK 480943 “Wyoming”]