Antler Nation

Alabama

D

Deer Population 1,500,000

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Arizona

A

Deer Population 85,000 (coues and mule deer)

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Arkansas

B

Deer Population 1,000,000

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Colorado

C

Deer Population 25,000

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Connecticut

C

Deer Population 100,000

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Delaware

B

Deer Population 45,000

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Florida

D

Deer Population 700,000

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Georgia

B

Deer Population 1,260,000

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Idaho

A

Deer Population 200,000

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Illinois

B

Deer Population 800,000

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Indiana

A

Deer Population N/A

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Iowa

B

Deer Population 350,000

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Kansas

B

Deer Population 585,000

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Kentucky

A

Deer Population 827,355

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Louisiana

D

Deer Population 500,000

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Maine

C

Deer Population 220,000

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Maryland

B

Deer Population 214,000

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Massachusetts

C

Deer Population 100,000

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Michigan

C

Deer Population N/A

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Minnesota

C

Deer Population 750,000

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Mississippi

A

Deer Population 2,000,000

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Missouri

B

Deer Population 1,200,000

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Montana

B

Deer Population 210,000

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Nebraska

B

Deer Population 280,000

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New Hampshire

B

Deer Population 100,000

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New Jersey

B

Deer Population 110,000

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New Mexico

C

Deer Population 12,500

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New York

B

Deer Population 1,000,000

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North Carolina

C

Deer Population 1,000,000

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North Dakota

C

Deer Population N/A

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Ohio

A

Deer Population 750,000

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Oklahoma

A

Deer Population 530,000

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Oregon

D

Deer Population 13,000

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Pennsylvania

C

Deer Population 1,300,000

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Rhode Island

C

Deer Population 19,000

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South Carolina

D

Deer Population 730,000

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South Dakota

B

Deer Population 250,000

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Tennessee

B

Deer Population 700,000

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Texas

B

Deer Population 4,000,000

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Vermont

B

Deer Population 135,000

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Virginia

A

Deer Population 1,000,000

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Washington

B

Deer Population 110,000

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West Virginia

B

Deer Population 640,000

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Wisconsin

B

Deer Population 1,000,000

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Wyoming

B

Deer Population 60,000

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The Antler Nation grade was determined the old-fashioned way: subjectively. Our experts looked at whitetail populations, hunter numbers, bag limits, the ease and cost of getting a license, the amount of public land available and other factors when evaluating each state.
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State Grade Est. Whitetail Population No. Licenses Sold Annually Deer to Hunter Ratio Record B&C Typical Stat Total B&C Typical Entries Record B&C Non-Typical Stat Record B&C Non-Typical Entries
Alabama
D
1,500,000 200,000 186 3/8" 19 259 7/8" 12
Arizona
A
85,000 (coues and mule deer) 65,000 (Coues and mule deer) 144 1/8" 348 196 2/8" 114
Arkansas
B
1,000,000 300,000 195 2/8” 154 238 3/8" 78
Colorado
C
25,000 8,000 192 1/8” 41 258 2/8" 23
Connecticut
C
100,000 60,000 179 4/8" 15 201 7/8" 4
Delaware
B
45,000 21,000 185 4/8" 18 208 4/8" 10
Florida
D
700,000 110,680 None None 201 3/8" 2
Georgia
B
1,260,000 332,434 191 4/8" 172 240 3/8" 53
Idaho
A
200,000 23,000 186 7/8" 49 267 4/8" 45
Illinois
B
800,000 630,000 204 4/8" 772 304 3/8" 599
Indiana
A
N/A 200,000 195 5/8" 429 303 7/8" 246
Iowa
B
350,000 340,000 202" 735 307 5/8" 528
Kansas
B
585,000 118,124 199 2/8" 435 295" 363
Kentucky
A
827,355 196,707 204 2/8" 650 271 7/8" 310
Louisiana
D
500,000 195,000 184 6/8" 53 281 6/8" 27
Maine
C
220,000 130,000 193 2/8" 110 259" 45
Maryland
B
214,000 118,000 194" 64 248 7/8" 36
Massachusetts
C
100,000 84,000 193 3/8" 18 201” 7
Michigan
C
N/A 1,300,000 (tags sold) 198" 181 246 2/8" 99
Minnesota
C
750,000 607,000 202" 678 268 5/8" 448
Mississippi
A
2,000,000 176,728 184 6/8" 95 295 6/8" 65
Missouri
B
1,200,000 500,000 205" 490 333 7/8" 319
Montana
B
210,000 145,000 (whitetail and mule deer) 199 3/8" 93 252 1/8" 57
Nebraska
B
280,000 135,000 199 2/8" 208 284" 130
New Hampshire
B
100,000 70,000 187 2/8" 44 222 7/8" 9
New Jersey
B
110,000 75,000 189 4/8" 8 203 3/8" 4
New Mexico
C
12,500 25,000 (includes mule deer and whitetail) 167 3/8" 1 whitetail; 45 Coues 186 1/8" 7 Coues
New York
B
1,000,000 750,000 198 3/8" 88 244 2/8" 30
North Carolina
C
1,000,000 250,000 181 7/8” 31 228 4/8” 6
North Dakota
C
N/A 49,000 N/A 195 2/8" 70 254 6/8" 46
Ohio
A
750,000 400,000 201 1/8" 563 328 2/8" 359
Oklahoma
A
530,000 200,000 192 5/8" 99 247 2/8" 130
Oregon
D
13,000 160,000 (whitetail, mule deer and blacktail) 178 2/8" 6 189" 1
Pennsylvania
C
1,300,000 800,000 188" 64 230 2/8" 28
Rhode Island
C
19,000 17,000 176 4/8" 4 None
South Carolina
D
730,000 145,000 176" 9 208 5/8" 3
South Dakota
B
250,000 100,000 (includes mule deer) 194 1/8” 121 256 1/8" 58
Tennessee
B
700,000 240,000 186 1/8" 36 244 3/8" 26
Texas
B
4,000,000 1,060,500 196 4/8" 429 284 3/8" 234
Vermont
B
135,000 70,000 1:1 181" 15 190 6/8" 2
Virginia
A
1,000,000 75,000 189 2/8" 89 257 4/8" 48
Washington
B
110,000 150,000 (includes whitetails, mule deer and blacktails) 200 3/8" 23 242 4/8" 40
West Virginia
B
640,000 281,000 188 7/8” 30 231 5/8" 13
Wisconsin
B
1,000,000 852,000 206 1/8" 1215 253" 484
Wyoming
B
60,000 25,700 191 5/8" 15 261 5/8" 24

Alabama

D

Population: 1,500,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 200,000

Arizona

A

Population: 85,000 (coues and mule deer)
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 65,000 (Coues and mule deer)

Arkansas

B

Population: 1,000,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 300,000

Colorado

C

Population: 25,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 8,000

Connecticut

C

Population: 100,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 60,000

Delaware

B

Population: 45,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 21,000

Florida

D

Population: 700,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 110,680

Georgia

B

Population: 1,260,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 332,434

Idaho

A

Population: 200,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 23,000

Illinois

B

Population: 800,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 630,000

Indiana

A

Population: N/A
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 200,000

Iowa

B

Population: 350,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 340,000

Kansas

B

Population: 585,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 118,124

Kentucky

A

Population: 827,355
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 196,707

Louisiana

D

Population: 500,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 195,000

Maine

C

Population: 220,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 130,000

Maryland

B

Population: 214,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 118,000

Massachusetts

C

Population: 100,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 84,000

Michigan

C

Population: N/A
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 1,300,000 (tags sold)

Minnesota

C

Population: 750,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 607,000

Mississippi

A

Population: 2,000,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 176,728

Missouri

B

Population: 1,200,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 500,000

Montana

B

Population: 210,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 145,000 (whitetail and mule deer)

Nebraska

B

Population: 280,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 135,000

New Hampshire

B

Population: 100,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 70,000

New Jersey

B

Population: 110,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 75,000

New Mexico

C

Population: 12,500
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 25,000 (includes mule deer and whitetail)

New York

B

Population: 1,000,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 750,000

North Carolina

C

Population: 1,000,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 250,000

North Dakota

C

Population: N/A
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 49,000
Deer to Hunter Ratio: N/A

Ohio

A

Population: 750,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 400,000

Oklahoma

A

Population: 530,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 200,000

Oregon

D

Population: 13,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 160,000 (whitetail, mule deer and blacktail)

Pennsylvania

C

Population: 1,300,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 800,000

Rhode Island

C

Population: 19,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 17,000

South Carolina

D

Population: 730,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 145,000

South Dakota

B

Population: 250,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 100,000 (includes mule deer)

Tennessee

B

Population: 700,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 240,000

Texas

B

Population: 4,000,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 1,060,500

Vermont

B

Population: 135,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 70,000
Deer to Hunter Ratio: 1:1

Virginia

A

Population: 1,000,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 75,000

Washington

B

Population: 110,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 150,000 (includes whitetails, mule deer and blacktails)

West Virginia

B

Population: 640,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 281,000

Wisconsin

B

Population: 1,000,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 852,000

Wyoming

B

Population: 60,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 25,700