TOP 5 Mature Buck Producing States

Dec 17, 2020 | Elk Hunting | 2 comments

Maturity as a Measuring Stick

Whether in the middle of hunting season or during the offseason, we as hunters are always planning, and dreaming, of next year’s hunt. The most any of us hunters ever ask for is simply the opportunity to see a nice mature whitetail buck in the field – nothing more, nothing less. Hunters often measure success by either the number of mature bucks seen or a mature buck harvested. Buck maturity is also a measuring stick for conservation success. As a general rule of thumb, the more mature the buck the larger the antlers. This idea of maturity and antler size is the basis for the first, oldest, and most powerful conservation organization ever assembled, the Boone and Crockett (B&C) Club.

Boone and Crockett Club

Theodore Roosevelt and George Bird Grinnell established the B&C Club with members being some of the most affluent people in America at the time. The goal of the B&C Club was to promote wildlife restoration and conservation as well as lobby for wildlife centric legislation. It also established a set of standards for collecting data (by measuring antlers) from top big game species to use as a gauge of overall population health and conservation success. For a buck to reach B&C minimum score, all the pieces of the puzzle must fall into place. Habitat, predation, population numbers, etc… must all be adequate for the animal to have the ability to produce large antlers in the amount required for entry. By using antler size, the B&C Club is using maturity as a gauge of population and habitat health.

Top States with Highest Mature Buck Harvests

Using data collected from wildlife agencies and researchers, a 2020 whitetail report summarized harvest data by 1.5 year old bucks, 2.5 year old bucks, and 3.5-plus year old bucks harvested.

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Top States with Lowest Mature Buck Harvests

Knowing what states are producing the most mature bucks during the hunting season made us wonder what states were the lowest. This report also lists the states with the lowest percentage of mature buck harvests. Below are the low six, with North Carolina and Ohio tying for last place.

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Wherever you decide to hunt this coming Fall, the wind can make or break your hunt. Every second of hunting season is precious and can’t be wasted, sometimes all we get is one opportunity at a mature buck.

The highs, lows, pressure and solunar phases are important, but it’s hard to find a wind forecast. Until now. BaseMap’s HuntWind™ feature provides you with hyper accurate real-time wind data that you can use to plan your hunt.

The forecast can be used to plan which direction you’ll approach your stand the morning of, or can be monitored all week like any other weather forecast.

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Data Is Data

Take this data for what it is worth. This article’s intention is simply to provide you with the information rather than analyzing it. Use information however you may, or may not, want. With that being said, this data set does provide an extremely interesting glimpse into the U.S. whitetail buck harvests though.

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  1. Is the number of young bucks killed in the youth season taken into account for the Missouri numbers?

  2. Very helpful information. Keep up the good work.

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