A look at the best whitetail hunting states in the Northeast
Our final 2020 Antler Nation regional roundup focuses on the Northeast. From the status on deer populations to public-land opportunities and everything in between, we’ve updated each state with the information you need to know this season.
Looking for a true heavyweight buck? They don’t get much heftier than the ones in the big north woods of Maine. There, a 300-pound brute is possible. Overall, the state doesn’t score well on our ranking system, but there’s no denying Maine’s deer hunting tradition.
If you can call it a Northeastern state (we did), this one is the crowned jewel. It’s a rising star in big buck numbers, with a fair bit of public land open to hunting. Other than some isolated CWD cases, there’s not much bad to say about Maryland.
Think there’s nowhere to hunt in the Garden State? Think again. There’s a ton of public ground, considering the overall land mass, and big numbers of deer. For years, the archery take has exceeded the firearm harvest.
While it doesn’t get the best grade, the PA deer hunting culture is second to none. There are a lot of deer hunters, and that makes it harder to find unpressured whitetails, but there’s plenty of public ground, too.
The big woods deer camp is still a tradition here, though bowhunting in the suburbs might be more productive. Vermont flies a little under the radar, but deer populations and buck age structures are pretty good.
Expect rugged terrain and challenging hunting in West Virginia — but also lots of opportunity at some really good bucks. The southwestern counties, a few of which are archery-only, consistently crank out P&Y-class animals.
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