Antler Nation

Alabama

C

Deer Population 1,250,000

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Arizona

B

Deer Population 95,000

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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 125,000

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Delaware

A

Deer Population 46,000

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Florida

D

Deer Population 750,000

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Georgia

B

Deer Population 1,000,000

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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 Unknown

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Iowa

B

Deer Population 350,000

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Kansas

B

Deer Population 685,000

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Kentucky

A

Deer Population 933,000

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Louisiana

B

Deer Population 500,000

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Maine

C

Deer Population 300,000

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Maryland

A

Deer Population 232,000

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Massachusetts

C

Deer Population 100,000

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Michigan

C

Deer Population Unknown

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Minnesota

C

Deer Population 750,000

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Mississippi

B

Deer Population 1,475,000

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Missouri

B

Deer Population 1,500,000

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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 147,000

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New Mexico

C

Deer Population 12,000

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New York

B

Deer Population 1,000,000

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North Carolina

C

Deer Population 1,100,000

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North Dakota

B

Deer Population Unknown

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Ohio

A

Deer Population 750,000

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Oklahoma

A

Deer Population 700,000

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Oregon

F

Deer Population Unknown

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Pennsylvania

C

Deer Population 1,300,000

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Rhode Island

C

Deer Population 20,000

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South Carolina

D

Deer Population 715,000

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South Dakota

B

Deer Population 415,000

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Tennessee

B

Deer Population 700,000

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Texas

B

Deer Population 5,596,000

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Vermont

B

Deer Population 133,000

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Virginia

B

Deer Population 1,270,000

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Washington

B

Deer Population 105,000

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West Virginia

B

Deer Population 650,000

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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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B
C
D
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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
C
1,250,000 195,000 186 3/8" 20 259 7/8" 13
Arizona
B
95,000 65,000 144 1/8" 378 196 2/8" 121
Arkansas
B
1,000,000 350,000 200 1/8" 170 238 3/8" 85
Colorado
C
25,000 8,000 192 1/8” 61 258 2/8" 31
Connecticut
C
125,000 50,000 179 4/8" 16 201 7/8" 4
Delaware
A
46,000 19,500 185 4/8" 19 208 4/8" 11
Florida
D
750,000 100,000 None None 201 3/8" 2
Georgia
B
1,000,000 250,000 191 4/8" 183 249 5/8" 56
Idaho
A
200,000 23,000 186 7/8" 51 267 4/8" 45
Illinois
B
800,000 620,000 204 4/8" 820 327 7/8" 665
Indiana
A
Unknown 215,000 200" 552 303 7/8" 319
Iowa
B
350,000 340,000 202" 789 307 5/8" 589
Kansas
B
685,000 108,000 200" 481 321 3/8" 431
Kentucky
A
933,000 330,000 204 2/8" 740 274 5/8" 358
Louisiana
B
500,000 170,000 184 6/8" 59 281 6/8" 28
Maine
C
300,000 210,000 193 2/8" 116 259" 47
Maryland
A
232,000 57,000 194" 73 248 7/8" 39
Massachusetts
C
100,000 70,000 193 3/8" 19 218 5/8" 8
Michigan
C
Unknown 1,300,000 (tags sold) 198" 203 246 2/8" 109
Minnesota
C
750,000 550,000 202" 746 268 5/8" 488
Mississippi
B
1,475,000 96,000 184 6/8" 115 295 6/8" 71
Missouri
B
1,500,000 475,000 205" 541 333 7/8" 380
Montana
B
210,000 145,000 (whitetail and mule deer) 199 3/8" 101 252 1/8" 58
Nebraska
B
280,000 130,000 199 2/8" 229 284" 144
New Hampshire
B
100,000 50,000 187 2/8" 47 222 7/8" 9
New Jersey
B
147,000 72,500 189 4/8" 9 203 3/8" 4
New Mexico
C
12,000 36,000 (includes mule deer and whitetail) 176 3/8" 2 whitetail; 49 Coues 186 1/8" 9 Coues
New York
B
1,000,000 550,000 198 3/8" 101 244 2/8" 34
North Carolina
C
1,100,000 230,000 181 7/8” 33 228 4/8” 7
North Dakota
B
Unknown 49,000 195 2/8" 82 254 6/8" 50
Ohio
A
750,000 425,000 201 1/8" 670 328 2/8" 448
Oklahoma
A
700,000 460,000 192 5/8" 109 247 2/8" 142
Oregon
F
Unknown 136,000 (whitetail, mule deer, and blacktail) 178 2/8" 6 189" 1
Pennsylvania
C
1,300,000 650,000 202 7/8" 82 233 1/8" 39
Rhode Island
C
20,000 5,000 176 4/8" 4 None None
South Carolina
D
715,000 150,000 176" 10 208 5/8" 3
South Dakota
B
415,000 70,500 (includes mule deer) 194 1/8” 139 256 1/8" 71
Tennessee
B
700,000 165,000 186 1/8" 48 315 1/8" 31
Texas
B
5,596,000 1,213,000 196 4/8" 515 284 3/8" 290
Vermont
B
133,000 75,000 181" 19 190 6/8" 2
Virginia
B
1,270,000 190,000 189 2/8" 108 257 4/8" 53
Washington
B
105,000 150,000 (includes whitetails, mule deer, and blacktails) 200 3/8" 24 242 4/8" 40
West Virginia
B
650,000 275,000 188 7/8" 39 231 5/8" 16
Wisconsin
B
1,000,000 830,000 206 1/8" 1335 253" 534
Wyoming
B
60,000 28,600 191 5/8" 17 261 5/8" 25

Alabama

C

Population: 1,250,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 195,000

Arizona

B

Population: 95,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 65,000

Arkansas

B

Population: 1,000,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 350,000

Colorado

C

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

Connecticut

C

Population: 125,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 50,000

Delaware

A

Population: 46,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 19,500

Florida

D

Population: 750,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 100,000

Georgia

B

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

Idaho

A

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

Illinois

B

Population: 800,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 620,000

Indiana

A

Population: Unknown
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 215,000

Iowa

B

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

Kansas

B

Population: 685,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 108,000

Kentucky

A

Population: 933,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 330,000

Louisiana

B

Population: 500,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 170,000

Maine

C

Population: 300,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 210,000

Maryland

A

Population: 232,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 57,000

Massachusetts

C

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

Michigan

C

Population: Unknown
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 1,300,000 (tags sold)

Minnesota

C

Population: 750,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 550,000

Mississippi

B

Population: 1,475,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 96,000

Missouri

B

Population: 1,500,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 475,000

Montana

B

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

Nebraska

B

Population: 280,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 130,000

New Hampshire

B

Population: 100,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 50,000

New Jersey

B

Population: 147,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 72,500

New Mexico

C

Population: 12,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 36,000 (includes mule deer and whitetail)

New York

B

Population: 1,000,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 550,000

North Carolina

C

Population: 1,100,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 230,000

North Dakota

B

Population: Unknown
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 49,000

Ohio

A

Population: 750,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 425,000

Oklahoma

A

Population: 700,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 460,000

Oregon

F

Population: Unknown
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 136,000 (whitetail, mule deer, and blacktail)

Pennsylvania

C

Population: 1,300,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 650,000

Rhode Island

C

Population: 20,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 5,000

South Carolina

D

Population: 715,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 150,000

South Dakota

B

Population: 415,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 70,500 (includes mule deer)

Tennessee

B

Population: 700,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 165,000

Texas

B

Population: 5,596,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 1,213,000

Vermont

B

Population: 133,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 75,000

Virginia

B

Population: 1,270,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 190,000

Washington

B

Population: 105,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 150,000 (includes whitetails, mule deer, and blacktails)

West Virginia

B

Population: 650,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 275,000

Wisconsin

B

Population: 1,000,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 830,000

Wyoming

B

Population: 60,000
No. Licenses Sold Annually: 28,600