10 Most Expensive States for Deer Hunting

Have You Ever Hunted in Any of These States?

ColoradoIdahoIllinoisIowaKansasNebraskaNew MexicoOregonWashingtonWyomingThe Cheapest States for Non-Resident Deer Hunting This Season

1 | Colorado

Tag Pricing: $406 ($396 license and $10 habitat stamp)

Although Colorado has numerous state wildlife areas that hold an ample supply of whitetails on the eastern side of the state, many hunters tend to overlook the opportunities found along the Arkansas River drainage. Offering over 20 SWA’s totaling nearly 50,000 acres of public access, this region holds some of the biggest whitetails in the state. And because of its location from the populated Front Range, it often gets a pass by most whitetail hunters . . . continue reading . . .

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2 | Idaho

Tag Pricing: $456.50 ($154.75 for license and $301.75 for whitetail tag)

Become a western border jumper for whitetails. With both Idaho and Washington having solid whitetail numbers in their northernmost regions, much of which is on public ground, as well as excellent trophy potential, they are excellent options for the DIY hunter looking to find some antlered-gold out West . . . continue reading . . .

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3 | Illinois

Tag Pricing: $467.75 (license is $57.75, archery deer permit is $410, firearms deer permit is $300.50)

Somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 deer are killed each year on Illinois' public hunting areas. The majority are taken during key times of the fall, as one would expect. And some areas are more popular than others. Which means there can be quality hunting on areas during less-popular times. The Illinois DNR has an excellent resource that breaks down hunter effort and harvest totals on its website. Use that resource to plan a public land, low-pressure hunt . . . continue reading . . .

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4 | Iowa

Tag Pricing: $549 (hunting license and habitat fee is $123, any-deer permit is $426, preference points are $52)

Iowa has one of the nation's best venison donation programs. The Help Us Stop Hunger program allows hunters to donate venison that is used to feed families in need throughout Iowa. One dollar from most deer licenses sold goes toward funding the HUSH program . . . continue reading . . .

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5 | Kansas

Tag Pricing: $540

Kansas' all-time top-scoring typical tagged by a hunter is a 198 2/8-inch giant from Nemaha County, taken by Dennis Finger in 1974. Two other whitetails that would have surpassed that mark have been illegally taken and the poachers attempted to submit the deer to the Boone & Crockett records. A 199 7/8-inch typical was poached wtih a rifle in 1999 and was confiscated when it was revealed that a non-resident hunter had used a relative's resident permit to tag the buck and, more recently, a buck reportedly topping 198 7/8 inches was confiscated at a deer hunting expo . . . continue reading . . .

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6 | Nebraska

Tag Pricing: $804 (deer permit is $242, whitetail buck tag is $537, habitat stamp is $25 and the gun, archery or muzzleloader tag is $216)

Nebraska is one of the few states that publishes detailed harvest data in its annual regulations book. And that data is worth looking at. You'll find a breakdown of each region, how many deer were killed, how many bucks per square mile were killed and the age class of the bucks taken . . . continue reading . . .

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7 | New Mexico

Tag Pricing: $344 for a standard unit and $429 for quality and high-demand units plus mandatory stamps that total $9

New Mexico is the only state in the Union that offers both the Coues and Texanus subspecies of whitetails. Although populations are considered slim, the Land of Enchantment can provide a unique opportunity . . . continue reading . . .

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8 | Oregon

Tag Pricing: $597.50 (includes $167 for a hunting license and $430.50 for a deer tag)

Unique to Oregon is the Columbian whitetail subspecies, and today they offer the only huntable population in the U.S. These smaller-bodied deer once roamed throughout the Northwest, but now only isolated pockets exist in the Umpqua Basin near Roseburg and along the lower Columbia River. In 1967, they were first recognized as endangered and were listed under the state and federal Endangered Species Act shortly thereafter. After nearly 30 years of strict management, they were delisted and today a small huntable population exists in the Roseburg area. Only a handful of hunters will have the opportunity to experience a Columbian whitetail hunt in the coming years, but as management numbers increase, tag opportunities are sure to follow . . . continue reading . . .

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9 | Washington

Tag Pricing: $434.30

For a true public land western-style hunt, it’s hard to beat what Washington has to offer. In fact, you just don’t know what you might see when you’re perched in your treestand: elk, moose, black bear, mule deer and yes, plenty of whitetails in the eastern third of the state. To enhance that experience is the Private Land Access Program. Since 1948, the WDFW has worked with private landowners across the state to provide public access to private ground. Through these efforts, WDFW has enrolled roughly 1 million acres into the program which only enhances the vast public hunting opportunities already found across the Evergreen State . . . continue reading . . .

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10 | Wyoming

Tag Pricing: $374 (regular) $662 (special) $41 (preference point)

Because the Cowboy State has an early archery opener, hunters have a chance at a velvet buck (which few states offer), minimal hunting pressure and a great opportunity at a Pope-and-Young-class buck . . . continue reading . . .

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11 | The Cheapest States for Non-Resident Deer Hunting This Season

Are you someone who likes to go on out-of-state deer hunts? Trying to do your next road trip on a budget? Here are the only states in the country where a non-resident can hunt for less than $150. You're welcome.

Don't Miss: The Cheapest States for Non-Resident Deer Hunting This Season

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Editor's Note: This was originally published October 5, 2018.

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