Which State Has The Highest Percentage Of Hunters?

Andy H. from Maine writes to ask about where the highest percentage of hunters live compared to a state’s total population. “My hunting buddies and I had a little debate last night over what states have the most deer hunters as a percentage of that state’s total population. I thought that Maine would be on top, but they said Texas, because of their high deer numbers. Who is right?”

Dr. Dave Samuel

You are “sort of” right, Andy. When you think about it, it makes sense that rural states would have a better chance of having more hunters per capita. Thus, Montana, Wyoming, and North and South Dakota rank first with more than 20 percent of the population in each of those states purchasing a hunting license. Maine is one of the states in the next group with 11 percent to 20 percent buying a hunting license. Also in that group are Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Vermont. By the way, Texas is in a group of states where only 1 percent to 5 percent of the residents buy a hunting license. The only states where less than 1 percent of residents buy a hunting license are California,, Florida, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

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Dr. Dave writes a weekly column for sportsmansguide.com. If you have a question for Dr. Dave, e-mail your question to Dr. Dave in care of Tom Kacheroski, senior editor of www.sportsmansguide.com‘s content at tkachero@sportsmansguide.com. Dr. Dave studied deer for 30 years as a wildlife management professor at West Virginia University. In addition he has been a bowhunter for over 40 years, with deer being his main prey. He’s also an outdoor writer and has been with “Bowhunter” magazine for 31 years.

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One Response to “Which State Has The Highest Percentage Of Hunters?”

  1. Jeffrey S Turner

    Wow totaly unbelievable I figured Texas would be near the top. Maine I figured would of been in the 1st group because of our state being about 90% undeveloped & wooded but our states population age is is getting older and the kids are leaving and older folks aren’t going to be trudging through thick brush to hunt. I can totaly see the lower category !! The states where 1-5% of the population purchases hunting liscence !!:because ALL OF THEM ARE ANTI GUN STATES ANYWAYS!! I wonder where Illinois fits in?? But then again they don’t need hunting liscence in Chicago anyways because they shoot each other all thevtime

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