Colorado has great deer but too many resident hunters which when combined with the huge # of landowner tags suddenly makes it difficult to draw good tags on a regular basis.
Wyoming is a good option and as a whole is probably the best all around hunting state for residents in the lower 48.
Montana has lots of public land and a great season that runs through the rut.
I'd probably look at New Mexico. Not a lot of residents to compete for tags and somewhat more mild winters not to mention some great hunting.
Last edited by okielite; 08-11-2014 at 02:38 PM.
I'd say Montana would be tough to beat. For residents, $85 will get you a conservation license, fishing license, upland game bird license and also a deer, elk and bear tag. Plus you get to hunt on something like 30 million acres of public land plus another 7-8 million acres of Block Management. For fishing they've also got plenty of streams and rivers if you want that or else a few lakes too.
Wyoming I'd say would be 2nd.
I want to move to WY, not only for the hunting but a pile of other reasons. No state income tax, low sales tax, great people, Yellowstone, residents do not need a guide in Wilderness areas, the general tag has tons of options, great fishing, everyone carries a gun, most democrats in WY are not like other democrats (they actually like babies, guns, and the constitution) and WY sits in the middle of a lot of great hunting states.
I would personally look at more than just the hunting, especially if your income is decent...you dont want Uncle Sam and his cousins taking most of it to support a cause you do not agree with. I live in TN, no state income tax, so when we move it is going to be to another state with the same or better values.
I would love to live in California, but a lot needs to change before I ever make that leap!
Colorado hands down. Look at the record book. If you are a bow hunter opportunities are almost endless. Wyoming would be my second choice.
Colorado if you can beat the point system. New mexico if you want a good chance at a decent buck
I'm hearing lots of good states for residents. If I didn't have nearly all my grandkids in NC, I'd be in CO, WY or MT in a heartbeat.
How about the best state for nonresidents?