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Big buck counties

Posted on October 31, 2012

Joe AlbertLooking for a trophy buck in Minnesota this weekend?

The Boone and Crockett Club yesterday sent out an email with a list of the top 125 trophy counties in the United States. The list, according to the email, is based on B&C big-game records dating to 1830.

Two Minnesota counties appear on the list:

  • St. Louis County in the northeastern part of the state is listed No. 37; there are 53 typical whitetails in B&C records.
  • St. Louis County is also ranked at No. 73, with 37 non-typical whitetails in the records.

And Itasca County rounds out Minnesota’s presence on the list. At No. 112, B&C records show 25 non-typical whitetails.

Surrounding states also are represented for trophy deer:

  • 23. Wisconsin, Buffalo County – 86 typical whitetail deer in B&C records
  • 75. Wisconsin, Trempealeau County – 36 typical whitetail deer in B&C records
  • 80. Iowa, Allamakee County – 34 typical whitetail deer in B&C records
  • 86. Wisconsin, Buffalo County – 33 non-typical whitetail deer in B&C records
  • 98. Iowa, Clayton County – 30 typical whitetail deer in B&C records
  • 120. Iowa, Van Buren County – 19 non-typical whitetail deer in B&C records

Unfortunately, the county in which I hunt deer –  Becker County – isn’t on the list. I’m not much of a trophy hunter, though my wife sure would be happy if I’d shoot something big enough to put on the wall. She keeps threatening she’ll just get some fake antlers if I can’t do the job.

Good luck to everyone who’s hunting this weekend.