Outdoor Life has named Kentucky the No. 1 trophy buck state

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by DH13, May 23, 2013.

  1. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

    Jan 13, 2012
    Shelby county
    Kentucky is known for horses, but now a national magazine has named the Bluegrass State as the top destination for trophy-quality white-tailed deer.In its June/July issue, Outdoor Life has named Kentucky the No. 1 trophy buck state in the country. The rest of the Top 10 were, in order, Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio and Oklahoma.The magazine used a number of criteria, including the number of record-book entries from each state, hunter density per state, the cost of guided hunts offered to non-resident hunters, and the state's "hunter friendliness" in terms of laws and regulations.The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources isn't surprised by the ranking, spokesman Mark Marraccini said."We've known for quite some time that we have one of the best trophy white-tailed deer herds in the country," Marraccini said. "We know we have a quality herd. We have trophy white-tails probably in every county in the state."Management of the herd has led to better-quality deer available for hunting."Years ago, hunters were allowed to take two bucks per year," Marraccini said. "That changed when the department decided to manage for a trophy system. We allow hunters to take one buck per year. Basically that protects your younger deer coming on."The deer population has grown over the last 60 years."Around 1950, Kentucky had 1,000 deer in the whole state, and most of them were in Western Kentucky. It's about 900,000 now statewide," Marraccini said.Trophy bucks are determined by the number of points on each antler, the tip-to-tip spread, the inside spread of the main beams, and the length of the points, according to the Boone and Crockett Club, which sets scoring standards for all types of wildlife,Deer hunting generates an estimated economic impact of $409 million in Kentucky each year, Marraccini said.Nicholasville deer hunter David Hamilton said he generally agreed with the magazine's findings."Kentucky has done a great job managing the buck-to-doe ratio and allowing only one buck to be killed," Hamilton wrote in an email.In an interview, Hamilton said 15 years ago "you didn't think about Eastern Kentucky for trophy bucks. But now you've got trophy bucks coming out of Eastern Kentucky, Central Kentucky, Western Kentucky. It's unbelievable."The Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will likely tout its No. 1 ranking, Marraccini said."I imagine we'll mention it some," he said.
    Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/05/23/2651531/kentucky-touted-as-no-1-state.html#storylink=cpy
  2. deerturkey14

    deerturkey14 6 pointer

    Oct 29, 2012
    Great....here comes the crowds.
  3. keith meador

    keith meador Got the Spotted Fever

    Time to raise non resident fees...I know the dept could use some extra folding money.:eek-new:
  4. tyshe17

    tyshe17 12 pointer

    May 4, 2007
    Ky has big bucks. No denying that. However, besides the far west counties, it is some of the hardest hunting of any trophy state. It's not midwest crop and crp hunting. I've seen tons of OOS hunters...especially last year. They slayed the 100" deer. Nearly all of those looking for 120"plus went home empty handed and donated to our fish, turkey, elk and small game that I enjoy year round. As Larry Potterfield says "thanks for your business!"
  5. tyshe17

    tyshe17 12 pointer

    May 4, 2007
    Trophy should be "trophy" IMO, ky doesn't have the quantity of top end bucks as other states. Age structure might be better though.
  6. raidergson

    raidergson 8 pointer

    Dec 10, 2010
    Garrard County
    Must of been an old article, oh that was back in 1790, We suck now. Indiana, Tenn, and Ohio, are the places to go.
  7. mcdenney

    mcdenney 12 pointer

    Dec 16, 2002
    Wildcat Country, USA.
    Like button!
  8. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

    Aug 23, 2011
    just great. double non resident fees. geez.
  9. quackrstackr

    quackrstackr Welcome to Fantasy Island Staff Member

    Nov 19, 2003
    The Island
  10. DRS

    DRS Banned

    Mar 3, 2010
    Good idea, Keith. If the non residents want to play, in the #1 trophy state, then they have to pay.:)
  11. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

    Jan 13, 2012
    Shelby county
    Public land just got more crowded and land leases just went up.
  12. keith meador

    keith meador Got the Spotted Fever

    I've been preaching it for years....KY is way past due.
  13. WaterDog88

    WaterDog88 10 pointer

    Jul 28, 2008
    That's the way I feel.
  14. deadaim

    deadaim 12 pointer

    Dec 12, 2001
    Booger Hollar
    Man this is all we need...........
  15. turk2di

    turk2di Cyber-Hunter

    Feb 25, 2003
    evansville, ind
    Yea...not a ranking that i am happy with...
  16. GoBlue82

    GoBlue82 6 pointer

    Feb 6, 2013
    Boone Co.
    One of the things that I genuinely love about Kentucky: we all know the Commonwealth is the best little patch of dirt in the world, we just really don't want the rest of the world to know. My wife's family is all from Michigan and every time they come down here they all talk about how beautiful and amazing Kentucky is and I always make them promise to not tell anyone when they get home.

    Just let the shoeless, toothless, almost-as-bad-as-Tennessee stereotype stay alive so the out-of-staters will stay that way and leave the trophies for us. Hee hee.
  17. Fence post

    Fence post Spike

    Apr 7, 2013
    The secrets been out for several years. Greg Ritz and the old TC lease property brought more out of state hunters than any thing.
  18. ng270

    ng270 6 pointer

    Jan 12, 2005
    Central PA
    Definitely not a secret to the "serious" hunters up here in PA. I'm kinda hoping KYDFWR doesn't jack up the NR cost yet; I'm already in "donating to the elk, fish, . . . . and not killing anything" category. :eek-new:
  19. buckfever

    buckfever 12 pointer

    Oct 25, 2002
    Harrods Creek Ky, USA.
    Every single one of my old girlfriends were also shocked at Kentucky's beauty. In college, I dated a girl that called Park Avenue in New York City home. When she came to visit Kentucky for the first time, she was floored. She couldn't believe how wrong her preconceived notions were. Same with old girlfriends from California and Chicago. They both were extremely pleasantly surprised with their Kentucky visit, and said that the Bluegrass State "wasn't anything like what they were expecting."

    Of course, I didn't expose those gals to the degenerate Eastern Kentucky hillbillies or gun-toting, mullet-wearing, rednecked Kyhunting types, so the picture of Ky I painted for them was a little incomplete, but they all liked Kentucky very much otherwise. :)

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