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10 Best States for a Boone and Crockett Buck [PICS]

North American Whitetail

Are you looking for a Boone and Crockett buck? Start here. 

These days, deer hunting has largely been commercialized as being just about big bucks. When you get down to it, it makes a ton of sense. Buck fever didn’t get its name because seeing those big bucks is boring. However, if you want to reach the pinnacle of hunting big deer, you need to do your part to take down a Boone and Crockett buck.

So, what is a Boone and Crocket buck? To put in plainly, it is one big deer. However, to be official about it, any buck taken by legal means with a minimum score of 160 for a typical, or 185 for a non-typical, qualifies.

So, where are your best chances to take down of these monsters? Glad you asked. The good folks at Boone and Crockett actually put together a list of the top states for a Boone and Crockett Buck.

You may be surprised.

Boone and Crockett

In a flash study performed by the Boone and Crockett club, 5,439 total entries were taken into consideration from 1830 to 2001. The maps were broken apart, as seen above, to show more current results in our era of conservation versus how things were back in the day.

Out of those entries, here are the numbers behind the data that shows the best states to tag a Boone and Crockett buck with the total numbers of entries over the study time period.

  1. Iowa – 615
  2. Minnesota – 608
  3. Wisconsin – 589
  4. Illinois – 552
  5. Texas – 317
  6. Missouri – 285
  7. Kentucky – 279
  8. Kansas – 255
  9. Ohio -235
  10. Michigan – 155

For more recent numbers, here is data from 2005 to 2010. You can see a trend developing as deer conservation has taken off.

Big Game Logic

These top 10 states for a Boone and Crockett buck are as follows:

  1. Wisconsin – 383
  2. Illinois – 299
  3. Iowa – 224
  4. Ohio – 215
  5. Missouri – 214
  6. Kentucky – 199
  7. Indiana – 195
  8. Kansas – 181
  9. Minnesota – 172
  10. Texas – 132

So what does all this mean? Go to Iowa or Wisconsin for your best chance at a giant Boone and Crockett buck!

Any state in the top 10 will show you big deer, but the only two states in the lead in both lists, Wisconsin and Iowa, get it done every year.

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