April 9th, 2011, 12:24 PM
Md, pa, wv, va
Out of these 4 states which would you say has the best chance for killing a record book buck? Which state do you think its more likely to happen on public land?
April 9th, 2011, 12:34 PM
There are certainly record book bucks on public lands here in Pennsylvania. You'll hear a lot of horror stories about how there are no deer left on public lands here in PA, but thats not the case. Some Gamelands get hit awfully hard during rifle season, but for an archery hunter there are a great deal of public land options. When you look at State Forest Lands, State Parks, State Game Lands, and public lands owned by counties or smaller government units a PA archer has a lot of prospective land to hunt.
I'm lucky enough to work in a PA State Park, and an archer took a deer that was easily in the 160's class just a couple hundred yards from the park office this past season. I've seen numerous deer that would score high within parks.
Not saying PA would be the best of the four, as I've never hunted the others, but the buck are here for someone willing to put the time and effort in.
April 9th, 2011, 04:24 PM
Southern MD or Northern VA.
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April 9th, 2011, 04:25 PM
Not sure about public but the bow only counties in southern WV are supposed to have some big boys.
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April 9th, 2011, 05:21 PM
Southern MD or the Eastern Shore of MD is the best place to kill one IMO. Here in Southern MD we had a the state record nt-buck taken that scored 268, then the next year in the same area there was a buck taken that scored between 240 and 250 non-typical. Eastern Shore is great too because the majority of the public land is covered in swamps and thick crap that the big boys love to hide in and grow big.
April 9th, 2011, 05:23 PM
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April 9th, 2011, 05:25 PM
April 9th, 2011, 09:59 PM
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Originally Posted by DesignedToHunt
April 9th, 2011, 10:04 PM
Just ask Moondude. He killed a dandy Md buck last year!!
April 9th, 2011, 10:08 PM
Didnt know there was any public land on the shore. I grew up there.
April 9th, 2011, 10:30 PM
Aw man there is a ton of public land on the Eastern Shore. Taylor's Island, Fishing Bay (like 30,000 acres), Wye Island, and Assateague Island to name a few.
Originally Posted by jmm83164
April 9th, 2011, 10:32 PM
A lot of people think that there is no big bucks in PA because the majority of the state is in the mountains. I know that I go to Frostburg State in Western MD and the guys here that hunt dont really see the big deer that are on flat farm land. I was one of those individuals until I saw some of the deer that came out of certain areas of PA.
Originally Posted by DesignedToHunt
April 9th, 2011, 10:39 PM
Here is a pic of the 268 buck taken in 2006
I know that both Basspro and Cabela's offered him ALOT of money for the original mount for their trophy deer museums and would make him a replica in place of it, and he turned both offers down.
April 9th, 2011, 11:00 PM
wv if you only hunt the 4 bow only counties
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April 9th, 2011, 11:03 PM
Originally Posted by DrenalinHntr
That's exactly it. Everyone thinks of the national forests and mountains and all and since those areas only produce a few nice bucks a year we just get written off. If only they knew how many farm fed deer we really have here and about some of the absolute GIANTS that call this state home. For the record, when I say GIANTS, I don't mean by PA standards
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April 10th, 2011, 07:47 AM
I think the most deciding factor would be the area you'd hunt in each of these states. Maryland Eastern shore is a steady producer. The bow counties of Southern Wv grow many, Virginia is a sleeper but produces P&Y and B&C class deer consistantly. My recommendation though would be Pa on a private lease that has been established for a few years. I have a good contact for a lease in Southern WV that is actually orienting a few new members this week on site. It is $700 a year with access to >5000 acres of bowhunting nirvana. Go to www.almostheavenoutfitters.com and you'll see what I mean.
April 10th, 2011, 09:49 AM
The southern counties of WV, as well as small portions of it in the NW corner can produce big bucks. VA can also produce some pretty good deer consistently. I have seen some big ones taken there consistently. They take big deer consistently but they don't take huge deer very often... still a great place to hunt, for sure.
The SW and SE corners of PA have some great deer but hunting pressure is a problem I believe. They still have some great deer around I'm sure, I hear the suburban woodlots grow them big.
MD hunting is good. I have seen and taken some good deer. I am too biased in my opinion so I will not give you a definite answer.
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April 10th, 2011, 10:00 AM
In order (were you to go to top producing counties)...PA, MD, VA ............wv...LOL!
April 10th, 2011, 10:00 AM
April 10th, 2011, 10:34 AM
I second this....Great bucks in MD
Originally Posted by Live4Rut
April 10th, 2011, 04:50 PM
On my farm in Southern MD we had a MASSIVE 8 taken in 2009 that dressed out at 215 and scored in the high 160s. 26 1/2" inside spread and the longest tine was around 13" long. We had another 8 taken last year that scored in the 140s, and still have a big 8 that would score P&Y and two 10s that would easily score over 150 left at the end. I just hope that they will still be there this year. September 15th cannot get here fast enough.
August 2nd, 2011, 10:28 PM
I know of 7 gross Boone bucks that have been killed in PA in the last two years and a 150 inch 6 pointer. Any record book buck killed on public land in any state would be like hitting the lottery, so it would be hard to predict that. I would say PA or MD.
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August 2nd, 2011, 10:30 PM
Eastern shore of Maryland
August 2nd, 2011, 10:36 PM
Out of the states you have listed. PA. No questions asked. MD would be second.
August 2nd, 2011, 10:41 PM
We had a couple of big boys running around in my hunting locations last year. Just couldn't pin em down. They went nocturnal on us. They are around everywhere. You just have to have the land access and time to scout them. They sure as heck aren't going to walk up to the bottom of the tree and say shoot me, I am here. You gotta get out there and find them.
With that said, Pa and Maryland both have giant deer. Again, you just have to find em.