Best States In The U.S. For Hunting Big Game

Hunting conditions vary greatly across each state, and while each state does have its own hunting season, some might say certain locations are better than others. It can be difficult to determine which states exactly have better hunting as the data is scaled by available game, weather, land, feed, etc.

Outdoorlife.com has studied the conditions for hunting certain big game across the country and has compiled a list. These choices vary year by year as natural elements and food supply change.

Wyoming for Antelope – Wyoming has vast plains in the east-central and northeast parts of the state that are best. You don’t have to trek through mountain ranges or rough terrain for elk, just situate yourself at a far enough distance from main roads.

Washington for Moose – tags can be difficult to obtain in the popular Washington Selkirk Unit 113. However, if you can wait it out, it is well worth it. It is noted that on average moose can be spotted with 5 to 10 male elk a day.

Montana for Whitetail Deer – the Seely-Swan Valley is best for whitetail hunting because the area is heavily wooded and bucks are often found roaming along the clear-cuts searching for food and does.

New Mexico for Black Bears – New Mexico’s bear management zone number 5 is comprised of 2.7 million acres of national forest where bears spend their time looking for food. You can hunt bear at dawn and dust along open hillsides, valleys and forest.

Nevada for Mule Deer – Nevada has more than 150 mountain ranges where this specie of deer roam, giving hunters ample space for scoping and hunting. Vast grassy plains provide plenty of food sources for mule deer.

Idaho for Elk – the Seven Devils Range is located in western Idaho and is considered the best location. This is a rugged and remote location where elk are found in good quantity. The area is covered in conifer forest and alpine lakes where elk roam for food source.