A look at the best whitetail hunting states in the Southeast
Our fourth Antler Nation roundup centers on these 11 states in the Southeast region, where you can find a mix of some of the country’s very best deer hunting — and also, some of the toughest. We’ve updated each state’s page with current hunting regs, license costs, and other vital information.
The Bluegrass State is still king of the Southeast, but it’s no longer a secret. Public land is pressured, and hunters are flocking here in droves. For now, the Kentucky deer herd is weathering it just fine.
While it’s a below-average deer hunting destination, the Pelican State offers an abundance of public land, and a high percentage of mature bucks in the yearly take. Pair that with a really long rut (location depending) that you can chase, and it’s an attractive challenge.
Hunters here won’t be happy with its grade, but it’s merited. Liberal bag limits, poor age structures, less-than-ideal habitat and a barrage of other negatives don’t bode well for its ranking as a whitetail destination.
Tennessee has some good deer hunting, and is even home to a couple high-ranking Booners. It’s not a top record-book contender, and CWD prevalence in some western counties is a strike against it. Still, it’s not a bad place to be a deer hunter.
In my opinion, this is the second best whitetail state in the Southeast. Big deer. Solid numbers. Abundant public land. Other than a little pocket of CWD, there isn’t much to dislike about chasing deer in the Old Dominion.
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