Whitetails are what make the hunting world go ‘round. It’s that simple. If not for these critters, hunting wouldn’t be what it is today. Millions of hunters flock to the woods each year to pursue them. Some for meat. Some for antlers. Many for both. Regardless, some states are better than others for filling tags.
That’s why we set out on a quest to see which states offered the most target-rich environments. To achieve this, we simply divided the total deer population by the total square miles in each state. This leveled the playing field so larger states such as Texas and Montana would not have unfair advantages. Full disclosure, Indiana and Michigan were not included in this project since their wildlife agencies no longer estimate statewide whitetail populations.
Another thing to remember — not every farm or piece of land throughout each state will harbor this many deer. Some will have more. Others will have less. It’s all based on habitat, bedding cover, and available food sources. These are just the statewide estimations. That aside, here are the top 15 whitetail states (in order) for meat hunters.
Bonus read: Top 10 Booner States for Deer Hunting Since 2010 (You'll notice something interesting when you compare these lists.)
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