Throwback hunts and whitetail hotspots from coast-to-coast.
August 31, 2009
The say it always looks greener on the other side … greener grass, richer earnings, less people, more room to roam … bigger and better deer. No matter where we grew up, no matter where or how we hunt whitetails, we’re always captivated by the description of another spot.
“I hear there’s a Booner every square mile out there,” goes the refrain.
Sometimes it’s true; sometimes it’s a tall tale propogated by the kind of fella who can never sit still, who’s never satisfied with what he’s got.To quench such wanderlust, herewith we give you the greenest deer-hunting pastures we could find, from Vermont to South Texas, and from South Carolina to South Dakota, plus a bonus—blacktail country of the Pacific Northwest.
Whitetail Hotspots: The Great Lakes
Some places might harbor more deer, and most offer easier access and warmer quarters. But no region with whitetails offers more satisfaction and elbow room than the public forests of northeastern Minnesota, as well as those in northwestern Wisconsin and the western half of Michigan's Upper Peninsula....
Whitetail Hotspots: The Northeast Kingdom
The Northeast Kingdom has been listed in the North American and international editions of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, and in 2006, the National Geographic Society named it the most desirable place to visit in the country and the ninth-most desirable place to visit in the world.
Whitetail Hotspots: The Southeast
This region's biggest bucks hang where many hunters never expect to find them. The Southeast is packed with dense terrain and agricultural and edge areas where millions of deer thrive....
Whitetail Hotspots: The High Plains
Sometimes where I hunt it's like Robert Frost's woods on a snowy evening. Big flakes sift languidly through bare branches that entangle the gray sky, clutching it to heavy trunks anchored to the good earth. This is a familiar environment, safe, a place where you could build a fire or even a cabin....
Whitetail Hotspots: The Midwest
The Midwest is my home; it is where I grew up. I can live anywhere with this job, but it would take a D6 CAT to drag me out of here. The people are straightforward and decent, the air clean-it's a great place to raise a family and to shoot a truckload of oversized whitetails....
Whitetail Hotspots: Oklahoma
There are big bucks in Oklahoma and the huntable acre-to-people ratio has got to be one of the best in the habitable Lower 48. Licenses are bought over-the-counter or online, and the firearm season lasts two weeks.
Whitetail Hotspots: South Texas
Draw a line from San Antonio south to Laredo and from that line east to the Gulf of Mexico: This is the land we call South Texas. In the beginning, it was big ranch country with some of the ranches encompassing 100,000 acres. Just one, the King Ranch, covers almost 1 million acres. Today, there are many fertile farms in the area but a large number of the big ranches still exist and prosper....
Whitetail Hotspots: Nebraska's Big Country
Nebraskas panorama spread before us too big for my Eastern viewpoint to grasp. I grew up hunting under oaks and maples in the Catskillsthe kind of terrain that makes you wear plaid....
Whitetail Hotspots: Pacific Northwest
Columbian blacktail, Coast blacktail or Pacific buck, whatever you call them, these deer that live in the rainforest belt from Northern California to Canada are tough to hunt and tougher to harvest. Named for the distinctive black strip running down their tails, bigger bucks can reach 140 pounds or better in their 10-year lifespan...
Whitetail Hotspots: Pennsylvania
Sometimes Penn's Woods get a little crowded, perhaps even to the point of aggravation. That is, until you remember you're surrounded by people just like you who love deer hunting in Pennsylvania, who as schoolkids took for granted the day off for the "first day of buck." And you realize you wouldn't have it any other way....