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Deer Hunting in Maryland

Season Dates (2020): Dates vary greatly depending on hunting zone. Please check the Maryland DNR website for specific deer season dates. The Grade: A This is one of the crowned jewels of the Northeast, and it gets an A. Maryland has more than 200,000 whitetails, and it’s a pretty good...


Deer Hunting in Georgia

Season Dates (2020): Statewide archery season is September 12 to January 10. There is an extended archery season that runs until January 31 for Bibb, Chatham, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale counties. Primitive weapons season is October 10 to January 10. Firearms season runs October 17...


Deer Hunting in Pennsylvania

Season Dates (2020): Deer hunting dates vary greatly by unit. Please check the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) website for specific deer season dates. The Grade: C Pennsylvania is one of the proudest deer hunting states in the country. If you are in a state that considers opening day a holiday...


Deer Hunting in Alabama

Season Dates (2020): Alabama deer hunting is managed by numerous hunting zones. Deer season dates vary in each one. Please check the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) website to confirm season dates. The Grade: C There’s been plenty of change in Alabama over the past five years...


Deer Hunting in Rhode Island

Season Dates (2020): Hunting season dates vary greatly by location. Please check the Rhode Island Fish & Wildlife website for specific deer season dates. The Grade: C There is no getting around the fact that Rhode Island is small and densely populated. That makes it tough for hunters to find...


Deer Hunting in Florida

Season Dates (2020): Florida deer hunting seasons are pretty complex. The state is divided into four zones, and dates and weapon types vary greatly for each one. Even within the zone parameters, there are other variances, as additional regulations apply. Check the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website to...


Deer Hunting in Virginia

Season Dates (2020): Deer season dates and regulations vary greatly by location. Please check the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries website to confirm. The Grade: B The Old Dominion is an outstanding deer hunting destination, and gets a solid B grade. Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries...


Deer Hunting in Delaware

Season Dates (2020) Archery and crossbow season spans September 1 to January 31. Muzzleloader season is October 9 to 18 and January 25 to 31. Youth weekend is November 7 to 8. Shotgun season runs November 13 to 22 and January 16 to 24. Handgun season is January 2 and...


Deer Hunting in West Virginia

Season Dates (2020): Archery and crossbow seasons run from September 26 to December 31. The buck firearm season runs from November 23 to December 6. Antlerless seasons vary greatly. Muzzleloader season is December 14 to 20. Youth season is October 17 to 18 and December 26 to 27. Please check...


Deer Hunting in Louisiana

Season Dates (2020): Louisiana is broken down into 10 deer areas, and rules and regulations vary greatly in each one. Please check the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDFW) website for specific season dates. The Grade: C Louisiana is not known as a deer hunting hotspot. However, it does...


Deer Hunting in New York

Season Dates (2020): Hunting seasons vary greatly by deer management zone. Please check the New York DNR website to confirm deer season dates. The Grade: B After a scientific decision-making process determined that mandatory antler-point restrictions weren't popular, they initiated a campaign for hunters to voluntarily let young bucks walk...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 3

Our third Antler Nation roundup centers on the Midwest region. These big-woods and grain states offer good to great deer hunting, and we’ve updated each state’s page with current hunting regs, license costs, and other vital information. Illinois With advanced planning and in-the-field scouting, it’s possible to find a public-land...


Is that Venison Freezer Burned?

It’s summertime. For us hunters, that means a few things. It’s time to check gear, hang a few game cameras, put in some range time with your bow or gun, and finish off last season’s wild game to make room for the upcoming bounty of fresh meat that the fall...


7 Worst Pre-Season Deer Hunting Mistakes

Hunting season might still be months away, but serious deer hunters everywhere are starting to prep for fall. Summertime is a good time to scout and get ready — but a few missteps now can have consequences later. Here are seven mistakes to avoid at all costs. 1. Hanging Treestands...


Deer Hunting in Ohio

Season Dates (2020): Bow season spans September 26 to February 7. Youth weekend is November 21 to 22. Gun season is November 30 to December 6 and December 19 to 20. Muzzleloader season opens January 2 to 5. Please check the Ohio DNR website to confirm. The Grade: A Let’s...


Deer Hunting in Illinois

Season Dates (2020): Archery season spans October 1 to January 17, with closed days in certain areas. Firearm season is November 20 to 22 and December 3 to 6. Muzzleloading-only season is December 11 to 13. Youth firearm season is October 10 to 12. Please check the Illinois DNR website...


Deer Hunting in Iowa

Season Dates (2020): Bow season spans October 1 to December 4. It reopens December 21 to January 10. Gun season runs December 5 to 9 and December 12 to 20. Early muzzleloader season is October 17 to 25. Late muzzleloader season is December 21 to January 10. Youth season is...


Deer Hunting in Minnesota

Season Dates (2020): Archery season opens September 19 to December 31. Rifle season spans November 7 to November 15 or 22, unit depending. For some areas, a second season runs November 21 to 29. Muzzleloader season is November 28 to December 13. Please check the Minnesota DNR website to confirm...


Deer Hunting in Wisconsin

Season Dates (2020): Archery and crossbow season is September 12 to January 3, but it runs through January 31 in some units. Youth season is October 10 to 11 and the disabled season runs October 3 to 11. Gun season is November 21 to 29. Muzzleloader season is November 30...


Deer Hunting in Missouri

Season Dates (2020): Archery season is September 15 to November 13 and November 25 to January 15. The main firearms season is November 14 to 24. Alternative methods season is December 26 to January 5. The firearms antlerless-only season is December 4 to 6. Youth season is October 31 to...


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