By Mark Kenyon

I’ve been writing a lot lately about planning out-of-state DIY whitetail hunts, and mostly that’s because I’m currently in the midst of planning my own hunts. It’s an exciting time of year filled with anticipation for the coming fall and high hopes for big bucks and lifelong memories. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent recently at my computer, plotting new trips and strategies, and daydreaming about the possibilities.

Over the past week or so, you may have seen my beginners guide to planning a DIY whitetail trip last week on North American Whitetail (click here to read) and then my recent review of a book by Bernie Barringer on a similar topic (click here to read). Before all of that though, I was also doing some significant research for a new piece for North American Whitetail. And this was for an objective, or as objective as you can be, ranking of the top 20 states for a DIY whitetail trip.

To put together this list I researched license costs and processes, public land quantities and quality, hunter density, harvest rates, trophy buck production and much, much more. It was a heck of a process, but the end result is an interesting list of states that offer great DIY whitetail options, along with some more detailed information and statistics along the way.

If you’re looking to plan an out-of-state whitetail trip this year, I’d definitely recommend checking out the resources listed above, and this ranking of the Top 20 DIY whitetail states as well. While these rankings can of course be argued and rearranged in numerous ways, I think if nothing else, it should help point you in the right direction.

To see our rankings, click the link below!

20 Best DIY Whitetail States for 2014 – North American Whitetail