HUNTING Ranks the Best States for Meat Eaters

HUNTING Ranks the Best States for Meat Eaters

Hunting is a lifestyle.

A coworker living in the vicinity of HUNTING's home office here in the Midwest once remarked he'd rather live his days as a shiftless, dirty hobo with cardboard box residency in Alaska than spend one minute as a well-to-do suburbanite in the restrictive nanny state of Illinois.

Another editor had a better idea. "I've always dreamed of marrying a native girl from Alaska, strictly for the hunting," he said. "We'd stay together as long as it took me to get my residency and check off every hunt on my bucket list."

You can imagine where the conversation went from there. What would seriously throw grown men toward such desperate extremes? The chance to live in the best state a hunter could ask for, that's what. (Also, the chance to leave a state where finding quality public hunting ground is next to impossible.)

To qualify for your hunting license in Alaska, you must maintain a domicile in the state for 12 months immediately preceding your application. But once you've achieved said residency, your hunting dreams await. Resident brown bear/grizzly tags are $25 — think about that, seriously — and that's only the beginning. There's over a dozen big game species available to hunt in what we lovingly refer to as "The Last Frontier."

This just goes to show you the absolutely life-altering effect the state you call home can have on the quality of your hunting. So to help you consider your best options, we've compiled the 10 best states for meat eaters. Of course, we're only talking wild game meat here, no steroid-contaminated store-bought crap.

Those of us that eat wild game know that there's nothing quite as satisfying as carving out a fresh backstrap. What better way to ensure your family will be fed than to set up shop in the most carnivorous state this great nation has to offer? I'm sure you've made important life decisions for more trivial reasons.

Factors considered by our editorial team include the following: variety of game, favorable regulations/laws, and unique meat eating opportunities. We also included style points for states that just know how to treat a hunter right.

We automatically excluded states like Virginia (PETA is headquartered in Norfolk), California (full of veggie eaters) and New York (we love everything outside of New York City, but can't quite overlook it).

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