Arkansas Ranked Top Spot for US Deer Hunting
Every year, hunters travel far and wide to find the best locales for deer hunting, and every year many are disappointed. For those in Mississippi, the hunt for the perfect place to hunt is not a daunting endeavor because Mississippi has been rated as the best place in the country for 2016 deer hunting.
According to Field and Stream magazine, hunters in Mississippi landed more deer, and more quality deer than anywhere else in the United States. The data showed that almost ¾’s of all the deer hunted in Mississippi this year were 3.5 years or older. Arkansas and Louisiana tied for second with less than 65% of white-tails being older than 3.5 years.
This isn’t the first year exceptional deer hunting was reported in Mississippi as last year there was a tallied 250000+ deer taken by hunters. This means that the average hunter took 2 deer last year. While most people struggle to even hunt one in a season, Mississippi hunters found out that there was an absurd amount of deer roaming free.
The director of Mississippi’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks wildlife, Chad Dacus, commented on Field and Stream’s report by saying, “I think one of the great things it does is it brings focus not only to deer management, but on our hunters and landowners and what they can achieve. It shows the passion our hunters, landowners and biologists have for deer.”
The state of Mississippi receives millions of tourist dollars from out of state hunters looking to bag a deer, and this report may only serve to increase the number of hunters who travel to the state in upcoming seasons. While in the past, people have flocked to states like Pennsylvania and New York for their deer hunting, we are seeing a trend of Southern states offering some of the best hunting in the country. It will be interesting to see if Mississippi can offer such plentiful hunts in the years that come.