Dr. Grant Woods, one of the top whitetail scientists in America, lives and manages land in Missouri, and in addition to running the cool website growingdeer.tv he posts some great deer/hunting stuff on Facebook, like these maps.
Check out map #1 of soybean production in the U.S. Compare it to the QDMA map that shows where the most record-book bucks (P&Y and B&C) have been killed in the U.S. in the last 15 years. Uncanny isn’t it?
Says Grant: The trend is that more record book bucks have been harvested where ag is the predominate land use. That's not to say there can't be great hunting anywhere. My property is in two counties where there has never been a PY or BC buck registered. ...I'm able to produce good bucks by habitat work and good quality food plots. Enjoy hunting wherever you live.
But still as the maps clearly show, the more agriculture in and around your hunting area, the more big deer and the better your chances of shooting one. comment