The Boone & Crockett club has released some very interesting numbers recently showcasing both the newest rankings of the top trophy producing states and the dramatic increase in trophy whitetails being harvested over the past 30 years. This growth comes in at a rate of nearly 400%! That’s a pretty impressive improvement.

According to the B&C report, “For the period 1980-1985, hunters entered 617 trophy whitetails into Boone and Crockett records.For the period 2005-2010, the total jumped to 3,090, an increase of 400 percent. During this 30-year span, many states and provinces saw percentage gains much greater than the continental average (see data below). For example, trophy whitetail entries from Wisconsin have risen 857 percent. In Illinois, the increase is 896 percent. Ontario went from a single entry to a whopping 41—a 4,000 percent gain!”

Now onto the top trophy states, below I’ve included the top 20 states for Boone & Crockett entries from 2005-2010, but you can see the full list on the Boone & Crockett website.

B&C Trophy Whitetail Production, 2005-2010
(Typical and non-typical trophies combined

1. Wisconsin, 383 entries (1980-1985 rank 3rd, 40 entries)
2. Illinois, 299 entries (1980-1985 rank 6th, 30 entries)
3. Iowa, 224 entries (1980-1985 rank 2nd, 59 entries)
4. Ohio, 215 entries (1980-1985 rank 14th, 16 entries)
5. Missouri, 214 entries (1980-1985 rank 9th (tie), 25 entries)
6. Kentucky, 199 entries (1980-1985 rank 9th (tie), 25 entries)
7. Indiana, 195 entries (1980-1985 rank 16th, 14 entries)
8. Kansas, 181 entries (1980-1985 rank 4th, 35 entries)
9. Minnesota, 172 entries (1980-1985 rank 1st, 76 entries)
10. Saskatchewan, 147 entries (1980-1985 rank 7th (tie), 27 entries)
11. Texas, 132 entries (1980-1985 rank 12th, 19 entries)
12. Alberta, 115 entries (1980-1985 rank 7th (tie), 27 entries)
13. Nebraska, 78 entries (1980-1985 rank 18th (tie), 12 entries)
14. Oklahoma, 48 entries (1980-1985 rank 22nd (tie), 7 entries)
15. Ontario, 41 entries (1980-1985 rank 42nd (tie), 1 entry)
16. Arkansas, 40 entries (1980-1985 rank 34th (tie), 3 entries)
17 (tie). Michigan, 39 entries (1980-1985 rank 17th, 13 entries)
17 (tie). Mississippi, 39 entries (1980-1985 rank 18th, 12 entries)
19. North Dakota, 31 entries (1980-1985 rank 31st (tie), 4 entries)
20. Pennsylvania, 26 entries (1980-1985 rank 45th (tie), 0 entries)

Any of these surprising to you guys? How about Kansas being below Indiana and Kentucky! Speaking of Indiana, how about their big jump from 16th in the 80’s, all the way up to 7th! Or Ohio rising from 14th to 4th!

Very interesting numbers here. Unfortunately, standing out to me is my home state Michigan tied for 17th. My only hope now is that we can get some of this incredible growth in B&C entries trickling down to us someday here in the Mitten!