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Debate: Which State has the Toughest Deer in the Country?

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Debate: Which State has the Toughest Deer in the Country?

Here at the OL office we’re working on a fall feature that will be titled something like “America’s Toughest Deer.” The headline got me thinking: Which state actually has the toughest deer to hunt?

I’ve been lucky to deer hunt in the Montana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, New York, and Massachusetts. For the most part, I’ve found that deer are deer.

But, BBZ blogger Craig Dougherty has often told me that deer in the Northeast/North Central (NY, PA, OH, MI, WI) are the toughest deer to hunt in the country — and Craig has a lot more deer hunting seasons under his belt than I do. Hunting pressure can be heavy up there, the timber is expansive, and truly mature bucks are scarce.

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