The Top 10 Best Deer Hunting States – and Worst!

The Top 10 Best Deer Hunting States – and Worst! From North to South, Deer & Deer Hunting’s Dan Schmidt reveals the Top 10+ deer hunting states and explains why in this epic episode of Deer Talk Now. Learn more about deer behavior, distribution and hunter success rates for all regions, then discover which states are best. Is yours on the list? Bonus: The Worst Deer Hunting States in America and the Top 3 Underrated States. Also, what is the dirty little secret in Texas? Add your deer hunting insights by clicking on the comment button below! Deer Talk Now. Season 4. Episode 115. Original air date: 4/15/15. We acknowledge the error in on-screen text numbers; this was a production error from when this was aired live and we could not fix after it was uploaded.


  1. Wyatt Young on July 16, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    I’m glad to see Ohio up there

  2. Ricky Robyn on July 16, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    the reason Pennsylvania I think might be on the worst list is look up all the videos of peoples rants on anti hunting people and actions they do to scare deer ect and the fish and game in Pennsylvania never respond to complaints also the population that hunts with people dying to do stands once again theres a lot of rant videos of hunters rudely walking by and people driving atvs after they have multiple times seen the same person in the stand. I a sadden as I live in Massachusetts and invested to move to Pennsylvania thinking hunting is better there and finding all this out I mistakenly thought Pennsylvania was more liberal with the second amendment and hunting and firearms!!! Researching I am finding out all this bad stuff!!!!!

  3. benanddebbie1 on July 16, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    i enjoy most Deer and Deer Hunting videos, but this one made no sense at all, all his numbers and stats made me Not want to hunt there, i dont want to wrestle 700,000 other hunters for the opportunity to shoot a yearling Buck, what a joke this video was.

  4. hatem outdoors on July 16, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    yeah yeah we all know Florida is 1# 😂😎

  5. rsll510 on July 16, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Wow it’s pretty funny to see so many people get upset over one mans collection of data. He makes solid point and you can tell he has spent a couple of decades researching this. Does that mean he is perfect, no. The butt hurt over my state kills more deer than what he said is pretty funny. Do you enjoy hunting where you live, or do you travel out of state? Oh wait, I don’t give a shit. Just enjoy hunting and pass it along to your kids, or someone’s kid.

  6. Tyrion Targarian on July 16, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Michigan bucks die before they get to decent size. Alabama has no trophy bucks. If states aren’t putting out decent trophies they are poorly managed.Alot of states could put out trophies if given the chance.

  7. Rocket League trades on July 16, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    I’ve been hunting in 300 acres and I can agree that deer aren’t distributed equally my freind saw 15 deer and I saw a doe and a baby

  8. SBMika Official on July 16, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Wasn’t even a thought 24 years ago

  9. john kendall on July 16, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Too many people don’t understand carrying capacity. Every space no matter how large can only carry so much I see it in pastures all the time. If a given pasture can carry 20 cows and the farmer only puts in that many or less the grass is good and there is almost no weeds.It will also stay that way. If he puts in 30 soon the grass is almost gone ruts are every where and lots of weeds start growing . Then he also has to feed the cows. Even if all the cows are removed it can take years for the pasture to recover.Usually the only thing to do is plow it all and start over. In those terms all habitat is just a big pasture. The same rules apply

  10. cnaron2230 on July 16, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Um, numbers stated don’t match the numbers put up on the screen.

  11. James W on July 16, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    You’re nuts! What about Kansas toto? HUGE BUCKS!!!

  12. sam shepherd on July 16, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Wow very very good! I learned so much and was so good! Thank you for hard work!

  13. MKnight515 on July 16, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Wisconsin is where its at

  14. Austin Kleiman on July 16, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Where I hunt in the U.P of Michigan you can drive a half mile and see a couple hundred deer in farm fields

  15. chole priicce on July 16, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    To me, a hood deer hunting state is one where it is easy to get a tag

  16. Hunter Navari on July 16, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    The WORSE state to hunt deer is…….VERMONT!!! Yes, it really sucks here and the biologist have no clue how to manage the deer population. And they wonder why they have a decline in licenses every year. Because we are ALL going out of state!! Bring back the 80’s when we had more deer and better management.

  17. John Balasa on July 16, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Can we make Virginia among the top 10? Why not? Explain please.

  18. Peter Koretz on July 16, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    I’m all for informational videos, but for a guy who is basing his argument in FACTS, at a minimum get your decimals correct. Allegedly, there are 850,000,000 hunters in Pennsylvania alone. That’s more than double the American population. And it has 17BILLION wooded acres. Smh

  19. Wisconsin Whitetail on July 16, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    WI all the way 🤘Wi has the best combination of hunter and deer densities and still produces a lot of trophies like Iowa. And we actually report our numbers right and the people here get to vote on regulation changes unlike any other state.

  20. Bryan Mansfield on July 16, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Where’s Tennesse?

  21. Gary Crandall on July 16, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Here in Montana, we only shoot deer when we don’t get an Elk.

  22. Harry Kuheim on July 16, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    You Hunters better start Voting…Democrats Hate you, your Family, your Religion, your Sport, and especially your Guns.

  23. Farmall Fanatic on July 16, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    It’s not hard to prove that Pennsylvania has the worst quality white tail deer hunting in the Union. Just check were all the trophy hunting TV shows are produced.

  24. Bob Brua on July 16, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    I live in pa 70 yrs and all you see is posted ground every where you go its a rich mans game now I live near Hollidaysburg pa near a state park I haven’t seen a deer taken yet its Tuesday in the first week buck only you can keep your books

  25. Mike Kennedy on July 16, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    I live in Rhode Island, one of the "worst" states to hunt. I fill my freezer every year and have harvested nice fat does, yummy fork horn bucks and large mature bucks (large meaning dressing out over 200#) with bow and black powder. Even in one of the "worst" states in the country to hunt deer, the deer hunting is still pretty good! We are all benefiting from forest regrowth and decades of good management. We are all LUCKY to live on this beautiful continent! And we all, no matter where we live (yes even in the "worst deer hunting states), have access to GREAT deer hunting! Enjoy the GREAT outdoors!

  26. ADK Buckhunter 30.06 on July 16, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    I was born in the Adirondacks, been here my whole life, hunting just around my house, never had the $ to travel for hunting, but I make do

  27. Donkey 87 on July 16, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    I had 30 deer come in to the 17 acres I hunt! Pure Michigan

  28. Krista Paul on July 16, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    What about Florida

  29. SHANE on July 16, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Do an up to date video just like this

  30. andylee8907 on July 16, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Iowa is eaisly in the top 3. And we don’t bait.

  31. Brady B on July 16, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    I think New Mexico should at least be in the top ten.

  32. Ricky To Good on July 16, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Yes we do have some of the best deer hunting in ohio.we got some monsters here for sure.

  33. Virginia Farmin on July 16, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Odocoileus virginianus.

  34. Mike Wheeler on July 16, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Ohio is really starting to suck all the rich people are leasing all the land thus basically eliminating the average person for the sport.

  35. Davis outdoors on July 16, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    No Iowa? No Nebraska? No Kansas?

  36. Farmall Fanatic on July 16, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Pennsylvania is hell

  37. Dan Smith on July 16, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Also do not hunt pheasants in Nebraska. they do not have any…. because Nebraska game and parks is AFU and keeps the season open to long..

  38. Dan Smith on July 16, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    NEbraska has cery few deer.  Do not hunt there… SC has a boat load of deer… and east of I 95 you can use dogs. which is a hoot…..

  39. Shane Asmus on July 16, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    This fails to look at the rules in each state for hunting. In Texas (set up a feeder and wait till 7am) I grew up in Iowa who does not allow that. Look at the state with the highest deer vehicle accidents and you can easily find which state has more deer. Michigan hope your dog does not get loose during season, if its brown its down.

  40. BRO Up on July 16, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Nevada is the worst state to hunt deer. I didn’t know what a deer was until I was 19

  41. Riva King on July 16, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    The reason Michigan sucks to hunt now is that yes we have a ton of public land but its all cut up by trails that people rip around in atvs etc. Not the best environment to bowhunt in…

  42. Mark Harrison on July 16, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Guys with money leases all the good areas in big buck states that’s why the numbers are low

  43. Farmall Fanatic on July 16, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    I agree with Pennsylvania. A two week rifle season and 1 million hunters equals very few mature bucks

  44. Joel Edney on July 16, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Is New Hampshire any good?

  45. Meateater Whitetail72 on July 16, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Sure that’s fact. But in reality the best places to tag big mature bucks is the state you’re living in. Even if it’s the best or worst. You just have to adapt to the system.

  46. 1234tric on July 16, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    I live in NWA ( Arkansas). We have several Public land . Madison County. Hardly any turkey. They closed it for turkey hunting .  Then you had to buy another permit to have access to hunt it. Bow license is a permit costing $25.00. Then on top of that you had to buy another permit to hunt it. When I buy my license I should not have to buy a permit to hunt any public land. The game and fish gets an additional 32 million each year to do what is needed. They knew 9 years before they closed the place that there was no turkeys left in the place. They bought not one turkey to re stock the place in the 9 years that there was a turkey problem. None the less, they spent 4 million on a place where people can do arts and crafts, and canoe. Then named it after Huckabee, to be political. None of that money was to be used for that before it was to be used to help the hunters of NWA. Then they built another place, and named it after Huckabee’s wife, where they spent at least another 4 million dollars. Mean while we ain’t got any turkeys to hunt. Another where it is a bow hunt only. Has no access but walk in only. At one time it had 4 wheelers that had total access. But 5 or 6  years ago they closed it to 4 wheelers because they were a problem When they did that, they closed all the gates to bow hunters making killing deer there almost impossible.  Wedington wildlife area, don’t be fooled. 15, 900 acres there has been closed to bow hunting turkeys there, 20 years for bow hunters . Why shouldn’t archers be allowed to turkey hunt there in season? No bow hunting turkeys there for more than 20 years. What a cruel joke, played on bow hunters here by the game and fish. Ozark national forest hardly any deer there. Our biggest public land here. No turkeys, hardly any deer  also.

  47. Davis Edwards on July 16, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Just dropped a 156 score buck in Mississippi. Probably some serious luck involved though 😂

  48. The Gold state on July 16, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Michigander here. Shot at a 4 point today. Hunting isn’t too great here, but I still love going out and trying.

  49. Paul Logan on July 16, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Texas is a great place to hunt. Hard to beat the bait and wait method. Iv hunted east tx for 20 years and get a nice 8 pt most years. It is getting crowded though. I hunt my own private land near Sulphur Springs and am surrounded by private land owners. I got some new neighbors last year and i think they must have sprayed predator urine at my feeder. At the start of rifle season everything vanished, deer, pigs, squirrels, racoons. I have heavy game traffic all over but not a single track within 40 ft of the feeder. It seems to be happening again this year and I came back up from the stand to a broken windshield 2 weeks ago. I dont know if you have heard of this kind of activity in other places, but this is new for me. Texas has experienced a heavy influx of people from a few other states. Theres more money here than ever so naturally the politics are changing, but the simplisity of just owning a place in the woods is becoming more complicated.

  50. MrRdvs87 on July 16, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Since this video was made, AL has you phone in or punch in online what you kill and they issue your a SN to put on your license.

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