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Best Trophy Deer Hunting States in the Southeast

Terry Davis used a .50-caliber Thompson/Center Encore muzzleloader to take this big 8-pointer near Gore, Virginia, on Nov. 15. Weather and habitat conditions are favorable for a great hunting season in 2015, so Virginia should produce a bumper crop of good bucks this season. (Photo courtesy of gameandfishmag.com)
Terry Davis used a .50-caliber Thompson/Center Encore muzzleloader to take this big 8-pointer near Gore, Virginia, on Nov. 15. Weather and habitat conditions are favorable for a great hunting season in 2015, so Virginia should produce a bumper crop of good bucks this season. (Photo courtesy of gameandfishmag.com)

Here's where to find the premier deer hunting in the southeast

The east and southeastern part of the country are not known as whitetail destinations, but each state in this region has its base of serious hunters, some of whom bag a whopper each year. The deer population is very high in many of the southern states, but there are pockets where disease has taken a toll in the past three to four years.

Fortunately these areas are somewhat isolated, but it’s a good idea to call a biologist before you travel to hunt and ask specific questions about the deer population where you intend to hunt.

Southeast received plenty of rainfall this summer. In fact, there was some serious flooding in some areas. Some fawns were killed by untimely flooding in some parts of the region, but that is not expected to have a significant impact on the overall population. Crops that attract deer are doing well, and the mast crops in most areas are very good.

If you’re heading out with a trophy buck in mind, here are the top DIY deer hunting states to visit.

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