From the Boone & Crockett Club’s most recent data:
#1 – Wisconsin
Wisconsin is the #1 ranked state with 1,822 total entries and 6 counties in the top 20 U.S. counties with the most records produced. The #1 county overall is Buffalo County with 150 entries in the record book.
#2 – Illinois
Illinois is #2 overall with 1,445 total entries and has 4 counties in the top 20 U.S. counties, including: Pike County that ranks #10 with 57 entries, Fulton and Adams Counties that are tied for #11 with 55 total entries, and Jo Daviess County that ranks #17 with 49 entries.
#3 – Iowa
Iowa continues to rank #3 for Boone and Crockett whitetails with 1,330 total entries. The state also has 3 counties in the top 20 U.S. record-producing counties, including: Allamakee County that ranks #8 with 60 entries, Warren County that ranks #16 with 50 total entries, and Clayton County that is tied for #19 with 47 entries.
#4 – Minnesota
Minnesota comes in #4 in the overall state rankings with 1,194 total entries and 4 counties in the top 20 U.S. counties: St. Louis County is the #2 overall county with 102 total entries; Otter Tail County ranks #7 with 63 total entries; Houston County is tied for #14 with 54 entries; and Winona County is tied for #19 with 47 entries.
#5 – Ohio
Ohio moved up in rank to #5 with 1,049 total entries. Of particular note, all of the new typical records in the state’s top 10 and 6 of the 10 non-typical state records were taken in the 2000s – this shows that current state management is producing consistently large bucks.
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