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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

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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

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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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GRAPHIC: Absolutely Brutal Snowmobile vs. Deer Collision

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A collision between a snowmobile and a whitetail deer resulted in one of the more gory pieces of video that you’re likely to see.

Everyone outdoorsman knows that collisions between animals and vehicles happen far too often. The results are often catastrophic on both sides. When a snowmobile traveling at high speed strikes a deer, we shudder at the thought of what damage might result to both machine and driver, let alone the deer.

This video shows just such a collision. It is both explosive and surprising.

WARNING: Graphic footage in the video.

As the deer races onto the snowmobile trail, the driver has zero chance of avoiding it. He T-bones the small whitetail with such force that the deer’s back-half almost literally explodes, spraying tissue and innards into the air. It’s ugly and shocking.

But the video is also surprising because, from what we can see, the damage we might have expected to the driver and his snowmobile was thankfully about as minimal as could possibly be. He immediately slows and comes to a stop, gets off of his snowmobile with seemingly little after-effect from the collision, and checks the front of his machine. It appears to have suffered little if any damage.

Amazing. Surely the small size of the deer resulted in far less damage than what there might have been.

In any event, it’s a rough scene. If you’re a snowmobiler it is certainly worth reminding yourself to be alert and treat driving a snowmobile with at least the same defensive attitude and care as you do with your automobile.

Be safe out there this winter!

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A collision between a snowmobile and a whitetail deer resulted in one of the more gory pieces of video that you’re likely to see.

Everyone outdoorsman knows that collisions between animals and vehicles happen far too often. The results are often catastrophic on both sides. When a snowmobile traveling at high speed strikes a deer, we shudder at the thought of what damage might result to both machine and driver, let alone the deer.

This video shows just such a collision. It is both explosive and surprising.

WARNING: Graphic footage in the video.

As the deer races onto the snowmobile trail, the driver has zero chance of avoiding it. He T-bones the small whitetail with such force that the deer’s back-half almost literally explodes, spraying tissue and innards into the air. It’s ugly and shocking.

But the video is also surprising because, from what we can see, the damage we might have expected to the driver and his snowmobile was thankfully about as minimal as could possibly be. He immediately slows and comes to a stop, gets off of his snowmobile with seemingly little after-effect from the collision, and checks the front of his machine. It appears to have suffered little if any damage.

Amazing. Surely the small size of the deer resulted in far less damage than what there might have been.

In any event, it’s a rough scene. If you’re a snowmobiler it is certainly worth reminding yourself to be alert and treat driving a snowmobile with at least the same defensive attitude and care as you do with your automobile.

Be safe out there this winter!

NEXT: Dirt Biker Slams Into Black Bear Caught on Film

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You'll Never Believe Where This Crazy Rut Chase Winds Up!

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When this buck heard there was a hot doe in the area he took things a little too literally. 

If you’ve been in the whitetail woods in November, chances are you’ve seen some crazy rut chases. Bucks chase does up ridges only to chase them right back down; they push them across driveways, through traffic, and even once in a while past your stand.

Despite their crazy November notoriety though, you’ve probably never seen a buck as persistent as the one in this video.

Even with her best diversionary tactics and solid hiding skills, this doe seemingly can’t find a place to escape the hounding buck. With no other option she takes to the lake in a tactic she very well may have used to escape some of the most persistent predators in the past.

A hungry pack of coyotes, however, is no match compared to the persistence of a rutting buck. With Olympic speed the bruiser quickly catches the doe in water and sends the chase back to dry land.

What’s the craziest chase you’ve ever witnessed?

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When this buck heard there was a hot doe in the area he took things a little too literally. 

If you’ve been in the whitetail woods in November, chances are you’ve seen some crazy rut chases. Bucks chase does up ridges only to chase them right back down; they push them across driveways, through traffic, and even once in a while past your stand.

Despite their crazy November notoriety though, you’ve probably never seen a buck as persistent as the one in this video.

Even with her best diversionary tactics and solid hiding skills, this doe seemingly can’t find a place to escape the hounding buck. With no other option she takes to the lake in a tactic she very well may have used to escape some of the most persistent predators in the past.

A hungry pack of coyotes, however, is no match compared to the persistence of a rutting buck. With Olympic speed the bruiser quickly catches the doe in water and sends the chase back to dry land.

What’s the craziest chase you’ve ever witnessed?

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NEXT: COULD THE BUCK IN THIS VIDEO TECHNICALLY COUNT AS A DOE?

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