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The 5 Worst States for Deer Hunting

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Some hunters start at a disadvantage because of where they live. These are the worst deer hunting states.

Obviously, different regions of the country offer different hunting opportunities. For the most part, each has its pros and cons, but since the whitetail deer is easily the most popular game animal throughout the eastern half of the country, we figured we’d look into which states have it the worst.

We’re ruling out western states with smaller whitetail populations, as the sample sizes are typically too small to identify any real patterns. However, using data from the Quality Deer Management Association, we were able to learn a lot about whitetail trends out east.

Do you live in one of the worst states for deer hunting?

5. Florida

Florida is a popular state for deer hunting, but the herd numbers are declining faster in Florida than almost any other state. From 2011-2015, the Sunshine State averaged 73,802 harvested bucks per year, but only recorded 57,403 in 2016.

The difference between the five-year average and the latest harvest sits is about a 22-percent decline, which is the worst of any state. Additionally, the total herd is spread especially thin, as in 2016, hunters in Florida only shot 1.1 antlered deer per square mile, which is the second-worst in the Southeast region, in front of only Oklahoma deer hunters, which shot 0.9 buck PSM.

4. New Hampshire

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You could make a case for many of the smaller New England states, as their small size can throw off harvest numbers each year. Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire all harvested fewer than 10,000 bucks in 2016. However, New Hampshire was the only one besides Rhode Island that didn’t see significant improvement from its 2011-15 average to its 2016 harvest. With a total buck harvest of 6,629, it actually dropped from its average, which sat at 6,655 bucks.

3. Wisconsin

worst deer hunting states

Some monster bucks have dropped in Wisconsin over the years, but the numbers aren’t all great. While it’s easily one of the most popular deer hunting states in the country, the deer that fall aren’t always big bucks. In 2016, only 16 percent of the deer harvested were at least 3 1/2 years old. Only Tennessee had a percentage that low. To make it even worse, 65 percent of the bucks hunters harvested in Wisconsin in 2016 were yearlings.

However, it’s worth mentioning Wisconsin harvested 156,920 bucks last year, which is the second-most in the Midwest region, behind only Michigan, which registered 195,233.

2. Maine

worst deer hunting states

Narrowing the worst deer hunting states to only five is a tall order. However, Maine takes a place pretty easily. In 2016, Maine hunters only shot 0.5 buck PSM, which is the worst in the whole Northeast region. And, Maine only harvested a total of 16,711 bucks in 2016, which is more than it was able to do in 2014 or 2015, but still very low. Maine also had the lowest antlerless harvest harvest PSM at only 0.2 deer.

1. Rhode Island

Rhode Island is unfortunately at a huge disadvantage because of its size. State residents don’t have much room to hunt, and the total buck harvest for 2016 was only 951. Now, obviously Rhode Island is tiny in comparison, but Texas had a harvest of 399,487. When you put those two numbers beside each other, it’s hard to make a case for Rhode Island. What makes it even harder is the fact Rhode Island hunters only shot 0.9 bucks PSM.

There is good news for Rhode Island, though, which is that they had a big jump not too long ago. In 2015, hunters only harvested 762 bucks, so a 25-percent improvement is certainly noteworthy.

It’s not easy to determine which states are truly the worst or the best states for deer hunting, but consistent trends tend to paint a clear picture. However, most states face some kind of negative trend. Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, New Jersey, South Carolina, Pennsylvania all produce mature bucks, but several of them have seen drops in numbers from year to year, based on the ever-fluctuating number of hunters out there.

Similarly, many of the states that made this list have shown more promise in areas than states that didn’t make the list.

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Some hunters start at a disadvantage because of where they live. These are the worst deer hunting states.

Obviously, different regions of the country offer different hunting opportunities. For the most part, each has its pros and cons, but since the whitetail deer is easily the most popular game animal throughout the eastern half of the country, we figured we’d look into which states have it the worst.

We’re ruling out western states with smaller whitetail populations, as the sample sizes are typically too small to identify any real patterns. However, using data from the Quality Deer Management Association, we were able to learn a lot about whitetail trends out east.

Do you live in one of the worst states for deer hunting?

5. Florida

Florida is a popular state for deer hunting, but the herd numbers are declining faster in Florida than almost any other state. From 2011-2015, the Sunshine State averaged 73,802 harvested bucks per year, but only recorded 57,403 in 2016.

The difference between the five-year average and the latest harvest sits is about a 22-percent decline, which is the worst of any state. Additionally, the total herd is spread especially thin, as in 2016, hunters in Florida only shot 1.1 antlered deer per square mile, which is the second-worst in the Southeast region, in front of only Oklahoma deer hunters, which shot 0.9 buck PSM.

4. New Hampshire

worst hunting states

You could make a case for many of the smaller New England states, as their small size can throw off harvest numbers each year. Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire all harvested fewer than 10,000 bucks in 2016. However, New Hampshire was the only one besides Rhode Island that didn’t see significant improvement from its 2011-15 average to its 2016 harvest. With a total buck harvest of 6,629, it actually dropped from its average, which sat at 6,655 bucks.

3. Wisconsin

worst deer hunting states

Some monster bucks have dropped in Wisconsin over the years, but the numbers aren’t all great. While it’s easily one of the most popular deer hunting states in the country, the deer that fall aren’t always big bucks. In 2016, only 16 percent of the deer harvested were at least 3 1/2 years old. Only Tennessee had a percentage that low. To make it even worse, 65 percent of the bucks hunters harvested in Wisconsin in 2016 were yearlings.

However, it’s worth mentioning Wisconsin harvested 156,920 bucks last year, which is the second-most in the Midwest region, behind only Michigan, which registered 195,233.

2. Maine

worst deer hunting states

Narrowing the worst deer hunting states to only five is a tall order. However, Maine takes a place pretty easily. In 2016, Maine hunters only shot 0.5 buck PSM, which is the worst in the whole Northeast region. And, Maine only harvested a total of 16,711 bucks in 2016, which is more than it was able to do in 2014 or 2015, but still very low. Maine also had the lowest antlerless harvest harvest PSM at only 0.2 deer.

1. Rhode Island

Rhode Island is unfortunately at a huge disadvantage because of its size. State residents don’t have much room to hunt, and the total buck harvest for 2016 was only 951. Now, obviously Rhode Island is tiny in comparison, but Texas had a harvest of 399,487. When you put those two numbers beside each other, it’s hard to make a case for Rhode Island. What makes it even harder is the fact Rhode Island hunters only shot 0.9 bucks PSM.

There is good news for Rhode Island, though, which is that they had a big jump not too long ago. In 2015, hunters only harvested 762 bucks, so a 25-percent improvement is certainly noteworthy.

It’s not easy to determine which states are truly the worst or the best states for deer hunting, but consistent trends tend to paint a clear picture. However, most states face some kind of negative trend. Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, New Jersey, South Carolina, Pennsylvania all produce mature bucks, but several of them have seen drops in numbers from year to year, based on the ever-fluctuating number of hunters out there.

Similarly, many of the states that made this list have shown more promise in areas than states that didn’t make the list.

NEXT: THE 5 MOST POPULAR HUNTING SHOWS OF ALL TIME

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Nosler Introduces 115-Grain 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet

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Nosler Introduces 115gr 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet

Serious competition shooters will be pleased to hear about the new 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet in 115-grain that Nosler just unveiled.

Just like the name states, the Nosler Reduced Drag Factor (RDF) Bullet is designed for match shooters who want high ballistic coefficient bullets with the flattest trajectory and the least wind drift possible at long range.

Well, shooters who use 6mm cartridges just got some great news when Nosler, Inc announced that a 115-grain 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet is the newest addition to their RDF line.

Designed specifically for use in rifles with a barrel twist rate of 1:7.5″ or faster, the new 115-grain Reduced Drag Factor bullet has a ridiculously high BC of .634 (G1). This is a significant improvement over the only previous 6mm RDF option, which was a 105-grain and had a G1 BC of .571.

Like all the other Nosler RDF bullets, the new 6mm bullet incorporates several key design factors that result in a sleek form factor with one of the highest BCs available anywhere for a bullet of that size.

First, the bullet has a long, drag reducing boattail. It also has a compound ogive along with what Nosler advertises as the smallest and most consistent meplats of any hollow point match bullet line, which they claim eliminates the need to trim tips.

Add it all up and you’ve got a very sleek, accurate, and easy to load hollow point boat tail (HPBT) bullet that’s perfect for rifle tournaments, like Precision Rifle Series (PRS) matches.

With the introduction of this bullet, the entire RDF bullet line now includes 70-, 77-, and 85-grain bullets in .22 caliber, 105- and 115-grain bullets in 6mm (.243 caliber), 130- and 140-grain bullets in 6.5 mm (.264 caliber), 185 grain bullets in 7mm (.284 caliber), 168-, 175-, and 210-grain bullets in .30 caliber, and 300-grain bullets in .338 caliber.

Note that Nosler’s RDF bullets are designed for long range efficiency during competition rifle matches, not for big game hunting. If you want a good long range hunting bullet, then consider the Nosler AccuBond Long Range Series instead.

But if you want match grade accuracy, flat trajectories, and great resistance to wind drift when using your 6mm Creedmoor to bang steel or punch paper, then check out the Nosler 6mm 115 grain RDF bullet.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by John McAdams on The Big Game Hunting Blog. Follow him on FacebookYouTube, & Instagram.

NEXT: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NOSLER E-TIP AMMUNITION

WATCH: THE BEST NEW PISTOLS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

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Nosler Introduces 115gr 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet

Serious competition shooters will be pleased to hear about the new 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet in 115-grain that Nosler just unveiled.

Just like the name states, the Nosler Reduced Drag Factor (RDF) Bullet is designed for match shooters who want high ballistic coefficient bullets with the flattest trajectory and the least wind drift possible at long range.

Well, shooters who use 6mm cartridges just got some great news when Nosler, Inc announced that a 115-grain 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet is the newest addition to their RDF line.

Designed specifically for use in rifles with a barrel twist rate of 1:7.5″ or faster, the new 115-grain Reduced Drag Factor bullet has a ridiculously high BC of .634 (G1). This is a significant improvement over the only previous 6mm RDF option, which was a 105-grain and had a G1 BC of .571.

Like all the other Nosler RDF bullets, the new 6mm bullet incorporates several key design factors that result in a sleek form factor with one of the highest BCs available anywhere for a bullet of that size.

First, the bullet has a long, drag reducing boattail. It also has a compound ogive along with what Nosler advertises as the smallest and most consistent meplats of any hollow point match bullet line, which they claim eliminates the need to trim tips.

Add it all up and you’ve got a very sleek, accurate, and easy to load hollow point boat tail (HPBT) bullet that’s perfect for rifle tournaments, like Precision Rifle Series (PRS) matches.

With the introduction of this bullet, the entire RDF bullet line now includes 70-, 77-, and 85-grain bullets in .22 caliber, 105- and 115-grain bullets in 6mm (.243 caliber), 130- and 140-grain bullets in 6.5 mm (.264 caliber), 185 grain bullets in 7mm (.284 caliber), 168-, 175-, and 210-grain bullets in .30 caliber, and 300-grain bullets in .338 caliber.

Note that Nosler’s RDF bullets are designed for long range efficiency during competition rifle matches, not for big game hunting. If you want a good long range hunting bullet, then consider the Nosler AccuBond Long Range Series instead.

But if you want match grade accuracy, flat trajectories, and great resistance to wind drift when using your 6mm Creedmoor to bang steel or punch paper, then check out the Nosler 6mm 115 grain RDF bullet.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by John McAdams on The Big Game Hunting Blog. Follow him on FacebookYouTube, & Instagram.

NEXT: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NOSLER E-TIP AMMUNITION

WATCH: THE BEST NEW PISTOLS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

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Keanu Reeves Shows Shooting Prowess Training for John Wick Movie

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Who knew Keanu Reeves could shoot like this?

At this point, Keanu Reeves has already staked his claim as an American badass. After two heart-pounding action franchises in “John Wick” and “The Matrix” alone, he’s earned a spot on the Mount Rushmore of action movies.

However, who knew he could actually shoot? He’s not only capable with a firearm; he could shoot competitively!

You won’t believe your eyes when you see him wield a wide variety of firearms, which includes an AR-15, a shotgun and handguns.

Watch the video below:

If you haven’t already seen “John Wick 3: Parabellum,” chances are you probably want to after watching this, right? The franchise has gained somewhat of a cult-like following after its first two acts, which appear to correlate with how Reeves spends his free time.

Shooting competitively on a course like this is no easy task, as quick shooting scenarios challenge your instincts behind the sights of a rifle, and requires elite discipline from your trigger finger.

It’s clear after watching this tactical training video from Taran Tactical that Reeves has put in a ton of work to prepare for these movies, molding himself into an unbelievable shooter.

Another cool element to the new movie and Reeves’ shooting abilities is the clear lack of a stunt double. In a lot of action movies, Hollywood actors use stunt doubles to do some of the technical work, such as shooting.

It’s exciting to know you’ll actually be watching Reeves in action.

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YouTube: Taran Tactical
john wick training

Who knew Keanu Reeves could shoot like this?

At this point, Keanu Reeves has already staked his claim as an American badass. After two heart-pounding action franchises in “John Wick” and “The Matrix” alone, he’s earned a spot on the Mount Rushmore of action movies.

However, who knew he could actually shoot? He’s not only capable with a firearm; he could shoot competitively!

You won’t believe your eyes when you see him wield a wide variety of firearms, which includes an AR-15, a shotgun and handguns.

Watch the video below:

If you haven’t already seen “John Wick 3: Parabellum,” chances are you probably want to after watching this, right? The franchise has gained somewhat of a cult-like following after its first two acts, which appear to correlate with how Reeves spends his free time.

Shooting competitively on a course like this is no easy task, as quick shooting scenarios challenge your instincts behind the sights of a rifle, and requires elite discipline from your trigger finger.

It’s clear after watching this tactical training video from Taran Tactical that Reeves has put in a ton of work to prepare for these movies, molding himself into an unbelievable shooter.

Another cool element to the new movie and Reeves’ shooting abilities is the clear lack of a stunt double. In a lot of action movies, Hollywood actors use stunt doubles to do some of the technical work, such as shooting.

It’s exciting to know you’ll actually be watching Reeves in action.

NEXT: SAVAGE ROLLS OUT GUNS WITH NRA’S OFFICIAL CAMOUFLAGE MOSSY OAK OVERWATCH

WATCH

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Rifle Review: The Nosler Mountain Carbon, Part Two

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Nosler M48 Mountain Carbon

There’s no doubt about how good this rifle is. Are you good enough to get the most from it?

If you want to you know whether a rifle is any good, look at the little stuff. When I get a test gun whose Weaver-style bases are not screwed tight, that means there was…

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Nosler M48 Mountain Carbon

There’s no doubt about how good this rifle is. Are you good enough to get the most from it?

If you want to you know whether a rifle is any good, look at the little stuff. When I get a test gun whose Weaver-style bases are not screwed tight, that means there was…

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