By Mark Kenyon
I am surrounded by lakes and wolverines, I drink pop – not soda, I play euchre, I love pasties and I have plenty of “Yooper” friends. Yes, I live in Michigan.
There are a lot of great things about my home turf, but when it comes to deer hunting – we have our challenges. Here in the Mitten State we have one of the highest hunter densities in the country, hunters here kill more 1.5 year old bucks than almost anywhere else in the US, and if you look at the record books, you’ll see that the odds of killing a P&Y or B&C buck are minuscule compared to our neighbors across the Midwest.
Despite that, I still put in my time and grind it out every hunting season, working hard to get an opportunity at a mature buck at home. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. But over the past five years or so, I’ve also begun to expand my horizons to other states. And let me tell you what, my eyes have been opened. Hunting whitetails is drastically different in other states.
If you’re in a situation like me and you feel limited by the quality of hunting in your home state, you might want to consider branching out as well. I firmly believe that “you can make your dreams a reality with a few gallons of gas, a willingness to travel and a good plan.”
To help you plan that DIY out -of-state adventure, I’ve put together a high level guide for North American Whitetail, and that is available now online. Click the link below to hear about how I plan my out-of-state hunts and how you can too!