A Summary of the Recent White-Tailed Deer Harvest
It’s no surprise that the white-tailed deer is the United States’ most popular big game species. Between 2009 and 2013, the total reported harvest came in between 6.1 and 6.4 million animals.
Using data from multiple sources, which was then compiled in its 2015-2016 Industry Reference Guide, the National Shooting Sports Foundation reports that these were the top 20 states in terms of harvest figures from 2013:
New York 273,567
South Carolina 225,806
North Carolina 188,130
Some related facts:
- Nationwide, the yearly harvest is made up of 46% bucks and 54% does
- The 5 states with no hunting population of whitetails are California, Nevada, Utah, Alaska and Hawaii
- The average annual deer harvest provides more than 345 million pounds of meat.
- At $6 per pound, the 2013 venison harvest provided an economic impact of $2.07 billion