Top 8 States for Non-Resident Deer Hunting

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In the Market for a Good Deer Hunt? Try These States.

I remember a time when I dreamt of hunting whitetails in states other than my home state of Kentucky. Don’t get me wrong, I love hunting deer in Kentucky. It’s one of the best destinations in the country to chase big bucks. That said, I wanted to chase deer in lands different from what I was used to. The problem: I thought it was out of reach and way too expensive. It wasn’t until I started looking into it that I realized neither of those things were true.

Out-of-state deer hunting is within reach and can be done on a budget. Here are eight of the best states to travel to if you’re in the market for a great deer hunt.

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1 | Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a state that stays in the news because of CWD and other issues. But it has to be on the list for the simple reason that you can kill big bucks for not too much money and do it on public land. With nearly 6 million acres, it’s hard to argue it out of the top eight spots. Also great for non-residents: You can hunt deer for $160.

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2 | Ohio

This is the state that used to be a secret. That's not the case anymore. The cat is out of the bag and everybody and their brother is talking about how great Ohio is. Luckily, there is some public land to go around. But you better do your homework ahead of time and find a piece that isn't over-pressured. Do that and you're well on your way to a big buck in the bed of the truck.

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3 | Kansas

Ah, The Land of Oz. It's the state everyone wants to go hunt in and kill that buck of a lifetime. But don't think you'll find just any piece of dirt, waltz right in, and kill a big fatty. It takes work and dedication to shoot a mature buck regardless of where you're at. But Kansas is a dang good place to up the odds.

It's a little pricey for non-residents. Actually, it's a lot pricey. But if you can swing the cost, it's worth it. Not to mention the massive amounts of public land.

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4 | Iowa

I said Kansas is the state everyone wants to hunt in. Well, Iowa is the state everyone dreams of hunting in, and then they wake up from a daze with glazed eyes and slobber running down their chin. It's that good. Caught myself doing just that at the store the other day, matter of fact. It's pricey like Kansas. But the big bucks bed behind ever tree, or something like that.

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5 | Indiana

I have plans to hunt the Hoosier state this fall for the first time. And I'm excited about it. The opportunity is great and the time to capitalize on this great state's big buck production is now. There is some controversy right now with the change in rifle hunting regulations. But other than that, it's all green lights.

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6 | Nebraska

Ever dream of heading to the Midwest? Nebraska is a prime destination. Like Oklahoma, it’s sort of another sleeper state that not many people are flocking to. The cool part about this state? It publishes very detailed harvest data so you can plan ahead and know what area of the state to target. It even has more than 1,000,000 acres to chase deer on. Try this state if you’re looking for a classic whitetail hunt. 

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7 | Kentucky

I'm a Bluegrass boy. Born and bred in the "Land of Lincoln's" birth (probably lost a few Illinois readers with that one). But in all seriousness, Kentucky is one of the best states for non-residents in the country. It's a little less appealing to public land hunters. But license costs aren't bad and the deer populations are there.

Hunters just posted the single-season record during 2015-16. That says KDFWR officials and Kentucky hunters are doing things right. And honestly, I hate to even put Kentucky on this list. Because I don't want even more people flocking to the state. But if someone sees this, hunts Kentucky, and kills their dream buck, then I've done my job.

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8 | Oklahoma

I don't care what anyone says, this is the current sleeper state. There are some big bucks coming out of Oklahoma and few people are hearing about it. But that'll soon change. This state is unleashing its potential and we're seeing it happen now.

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Click here for more information about deer hunting in Oklahoma.

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