Which State Has The Best Deer Hunters in America?

NY adirondacks 2018 3Hunters in the Southeastern region of the U.S. were the most successful in 2017, with 55% of hunters killing one or more deer, according to the Quality Deer Management Association’s 2019 Whitetail Report.

South Carolina was #1 in the nation, with 69% of hunters shooting at least one whitetail. Mississippi was a close second with 63% hunter success.

42% of hunters across the Midwest shot a deer. The deer-hunting in Michigan, with a 50% success rate, and Ohio (40% success) improved in recent years, while Indiana (35% success) and Iowa (30%) showed declines as compared to 5 years ago.

Not the least bit surprisingly to me, the Northeast remains the toughest place in America to kill a deer, with only 33% of hunters across the region tagging an animal in 2017.

Maine, with a hunter-success rate of only 13%, is the toughest place to kill a deer (much less a good buck) in the nation. That’s one reason I want to go back there and film another BIG DEER TV show.

Deer hunting is not supposed to be easy all the time. And it’s obviously not in beautiful and intriguing Maine, where I hope to be with a camera crew this November, slogging it out and trying to buck the odds to become one of the chosen few 13%.

Click here to download your free copy of the 2019 Whitetail Report, and scroll to page 23 for the hunter-success rate in your state.

qdma 2019 report

One thought on “Which State Has The Best Deer Hunters in America?

  1. Great stats Mike…
    I can attest to the North East being the hardest to kill a deer… It’s not easy for sure… Guess I love torturing my self… HaHa…
    This year will be my 29th year hunting Northern Maine… The 2018 season up there was interesting, being we had 3 storms go through the 3rd week of November. A lot of chainsaw work to get into spots and ended up with 16″ of snow by the end of the week. The most snow in all the years I’ve been hunting there… That being said I did see 6 deer for the week, 3 doe, 1 small buck – spike I think – I passed and 2 I couldn’t confirm. Just saw the legs and belly cruising through the Hemlock… That’s a great week for a N-Maine hunter if you’ve ever been up there…

    Can’t wait for this coming season…
    You ever plan on going north Mike let me know brother…

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