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Archery Only Counties?
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Pat Lefemine 26-Oct-18
planebow 26-Oct-18
TravisScott 26-Oct-18
APauls 26-Oct-18
Timbrhuntr 26-Oct-18
Swampbuck 26-Oct-18
BOWNUT 26-Oct-18
Nick Muche 26-Oct-18
drycreek 26-Oct-18
T Mac 26-Oct-18
Mule Power 26-Oct-18
Pat Lefemine 26-Oct-18
Huntcell 26-Oct-18
yeager 26-Oct-18
HUNT MAN 26-Oct-18
Mule Power 26-Oct-18
RutnStrut 26-Oct-18
JTV 26-Oct-18
Pat Lefemine 26-Oct-18
Ace 26-Oct-18
Outside 26-Oct-18
Nick Muche 26-Oct-18
elk yinzer 26-Oct-18
ben yehuda 27-Oct-18
Urbncwby 27-Oct-18
Grunter 27-Oct-18
Franzen 28-Oct-18
jstephens61 28-Oct-18
CAS_HNTR 28-Oct-18
SaltyB 28-Oct-18
skookumjt 28-Oct-18
Longshaft 28-Oct-18
WV Mountaineer 28-Oct-18
WV Mountaineer 28-Oct-18
Rock 28-Oct-18
sticksender 28-Oct-18
spike78 28-Oct-18
W 29-Oct-18
XbowfromNY 30-Oct-18
Zbone 30-Oct-18
ki-ke 30-Oct-18
XbowfromNY 30-Oct-18
kota-man 30-Oct-18
sportoutfitter 30-Oct-18
WV Mountaineer 30-Oct-18
Shawn 30-Oct-18
Zbone 30-Oct-18
bowhunter24 31-Oct-18
sportoutfitter 31-Oct-18
olebuck 31-Oct-18
Rocky D 31-Oct-18
Ken 31-Oct-18
midwest 31-Oct-18
From: Pat Lefemine
26-Oct-18
I believe West Virginia has a bow only county or zone. Do other states have zones or counties that are bow only?

I'm not looking for urban zones, I am starting to think about my retirement and I likely have one more land purchase in me that I'm starting to think about.

Thanks -

BTW - my big buck in NY was killed last week by a rifle hunter 300 yards from my border. Bow season is 2 weeks and firearm is 6 weeks in NY (seriously screwed up). Not that I am frustrated by that...(sarcasm).

From: planebow
26-Oct-18
Here in Montana we have several bow only zones

From: TravisScott
26-Oct-18

TravisScott's Link
I just watched this video a couple of days ago. It would be interesting if you had a small parcel in and around a bunch of these small permissions.

From: APauls
26-Oct-18
Canadian provinces sure do. We have them here in Manitoba, I know Alberta has the Edmonton bow zone. These may sound like urban areas to someone from the US, but they really aren't. Here close to Winnipeg our bow zone extends for like 30 miles to the east and quite a ways north and south. The human population is quite low in these areas, but the deer can be pretty impressive.

From: Timbrhuntr
26-Oct-18
Isn't that where the zaft buck came from :)

From: Swampbuck
26-Oct-18
Some Florida WMAs have archery only zones

From: BOWNUT
26-Oct-18
In Michigan's southern lower peninsula the Oakland County Park system allows bow hunting only in some of there parks. There's another park in Livingston County that does the same but no tree stands of any kind are allowed in that park. We have other parks around that could do the same but wont. They hire professional hunters instead.

From: Nick Muche
26-Oct-18
Alaska has one 10 miles wide by 375+ miles long. Sheep, Moose, Caribou, Black Bear, Grizzly bear, wolf, wolverine and even a snowy owl season :)

From: drycreek
26-Oct-18
Grayson County, Texas. Some really good deer in that county too. It's on the border of Tex-Ok. There was a 176" (I think) killed there last year, but technically it was poached. I think the guy shot it legally, but followed it up with a .22 and finished it off. That might not be all of it, or even real accurate, but doesn't diminish the buck, only the "hunter". Someone else might rember the whole of the story.

From: T Mac
26-Oct-18
NY is screwed up I’ll give you that but your talking northern zone basically north of Adirondack state park....southern zone almost 2 month season

From: Mule Power
26-Oct-18

Mule Power's embedded Photo
Mule Power's embedded Photo
West Virginia archery only county buck. Dang!

From: Pat Lefemine
26-Oct-18
My zone is south, right on the dividing line. We’re not in the park which is north of us.

From: Huntcell
26-Oct-18
Partner up with Don Jr. buy up a few hundred thousand acres wherever you want and instant bow only Zone.

From: yeager
26-Oct-18
Here in Illinois we have Cook, Lake, DuPage, and Kane (east of route 47).

From: HUNT MAN
26-Oct-18
We have a few archery only units in Montana . The one close to me has 5 doe tags and 2 buck tags if you draw the extra tag. Plus elk bear wolf and lions.

From: Mule Power
26-Oct-18
Hunt Man I remember the time you took a break from goat hunting to sit in a treestand for deer. Haha

From: RutnStrut
26-Oct-18
I'm surprised bow only areas haven't been shut down by the participation trophy generation. I have suggested trying a few archery only public parcels here in WI many times. The DNR always responds that it would exclude too many.

From: JTV
26-Oct-18
I hunt a archery only area that is within one of our F&W areas, plus an outlying area that is arch. only and draw only ... they get as much pressure as any of the gun areas do ..... I guess if you had your own place big enough with like minded good neighbors you can make it work ... NY is a messed up state, not only politically but deer hunting wise it seems ..

From: Pat Lefemine
26-Oct-18
Is buffalo county in Wisconsin bow only?

From: Ace
26-Oct-18

From: Outside
26-Oct-18
Pat, you in NY or CT? NY Southern zone is 7 weeks bow. Northern zone is 3 weeks bow. You can also use your bow the very last week of the season.

What is your intention, owning private land to manage and hunt or you looking for a place that offers bow only on public?

From: Nick Muche
26-Oct-18
Yes Pat, Buffalo county in WI is Bow only (crossbow too) for all but a 9 day rifle season and a few day muzzy season each year. It ain't what it used to be.

I'd buy a place in Wiseman Alaska and hunt 3,750 sq miles of bowhunting only/public land for all sorts of critters than another deer spot...

From: elk yinzer
26-Oct-18
Why count on some silly gov't designation? Get qmda or one of those like-minded orgs into the easement business. Retirement communities for hunters. Hire some lawyers. Find a group of like-minded geezers and create your own food plot and corn pile utopia.

27-Oct-18
APauls X2

Calgary also has quite a bit of bow only areas around, though the city is big it doesn’t take long to get real rural.

Heck, you can lose cell coverage 20 minutes outside the city in certain areas.

Of course, the land prices are outrageously high, so ....

From: Urbncwby
27-Oct-18
WV has 4 bow only counties. Deer have a chance to get some age on them. These counties are pretty rugged terrain too.

From: Grunter
27-Oct-18
Nick-we also have a youth gun season in Oct. Buffalo county is the same as every other county in WI if I'm not mistaken. It's way over priced IMO. There are just as good of areas with cheaper prices in WI.

From: Franzen
28-Oct-18
Pat, see above. Illinois has Cook, Lake, DuPage, and half of Kane. That's right where you want to be!

Ha!

From: jstephens61
28-Oct-18
Ya Pat, move to Cook County and run for mayor. In 4 years you could be governor and if you can stay out of the “big house” maybe President. You’ve got a future in Illinois.

From: CAS_HNTR
28-Oct-18
I wouldn't restric to archery only.....you just need a state that does not have such liberal gun seasons and definitely not in the rut. There are several.....Ohio does a good job but the state is way too populated and you would be hard pressed to find an affordable large (300+ac) property.

From: SaltyB
28-Oct-18
WI does not have any archery only zones outside of urban areas. IMO Buffalo county is still good but more big farms have broken up into 40s and 80s so you have more pressure on the herd. We do have a slew of counties that have the soil, nutrients, and hills like Buffalo that grow huge bucks. Anything in the southern half of the state and particularly the western portion can be great. Look into Sauk, or Richland counties. Trust me, big deer grow there.

From: skookumjt
28-Oct-18
WI has the October youth hunt, 7 day disabled hunt, the 9 day gun season, 11 day muzzleloader season, 4 day antlerless hunt in December, and the Holiday hunt in some counties.

From: Longshaft
28-Oct-18
The Wasatch front in Utah is archery only. No Whitetails, but lots of nice Mule deer and if your lucky, some elk to be had also

28-Oct-18
WV's bow only area is the Largest in the lower 48. 4 contiguous county's that form a block in the south western part of the state. Been bow only for a long time. Like 35 years roughly. A lot of company land and some private ownership.

There is a guy on here called sportsoutfitter who owns a pretty big piece down that caters to hunters. And, that pic Mule showed is the current state record typical. Green scored like 196 or something close. But there are bigger here. The pic I posted is from a friend. It came from this area. Its a pic of a pic on a phone. Best he could do. This is the best kept secret in whitetail hunting. But, the land is rough. You have got to be in shape. Elk and goat hunting shape. It is steep, big, and will beat you up. The deer are old and you are definitely playing on their home turf. But, once in a lifetime deer reside here. You just gotta be there when they come through.

28-Oct-18

 WV Mountaineer's embedded Photo
 WV Mountaineer's embedded Photo
If this is legit, I could not verify but, he says there is no reason to doubt it. I do not know if it is or not. I just know he is BIG. And, i see enough trail cam pics of similar deer I know to be legit that live here.

From: Rock
28-Oct-18
Colorado has some (Deer WT & Mule Deer) Elk, Black Bear, Turkey, Mt Goat, Sheep.

From: sticksender
28-Oct-18
If you're strictly whitetail-focused in your retirement plans, Iowa is probably the place to buy. If you're willing to become a resident there.

From: spike78
28-Oct-18
Hey Pat how about Albany County ;)

From: W
29-Oct-18
Pat, join an equity club in the Deep South and you’ll have all the great bowhunting you ever dreamed of, regardless of county rules. You’ll also have a place to stay while you’re there.

https://www.sartainsheritage.com/equity-interest-float-road-hunting-club-grenada-county-ms/

From: XbowfromNY
30-Oct-18
Westchester County NY is bow only. no guns allowed for deer at all. bow season runs 10/1 - 12/31.

From: Zbone
30-Oct-18
Huh, did not know Westchester County NY was bow only... I understand its NYC urban area, but heck I've been there before and you'd figure there'd be a least a few bowhunters around arrowing a few suburban bucks, and be willing to bet there's some big ones there, yet never hear about or see any hero pictures from there...

From: ki-ke
30-Oct-18
Used to hunt Westchester regularly, but many years ago. TONS of pressure, but killed a few good ones there....

Imagine the bowhunting woods filled with guys that look and sound like Joe Pesci in Goodfellas.....thats who bow hunts Westchester! Vinny Baggadonuts, Uncle Nunzio and Grandpa Gagglione were officers in my WC hunt club. "You killa my deer, I breaka you leg", Grandpa would always say......I hope the limp goes away with time....

From: XbowfromNY
30-Oct-18
The NYS Record Bow Buck (Typical) was killed in Westchester. Tough to get access on private land spots. Monsters are killed every year though.

From: kota-man
30-Oct-18
I like Nick's idea...

30-Oct-18

sportoutfitter's embedded Photo
sportoutfitter's embedded Photo
sportoutfitter's embedded Photo
sportoutfitter's embedded Photo
We get some brutes in the WV bow onlies :)

30-Oct-18
How many cabins do you have available now?

That is a brute. Big body too

From: Shawn
30-Oct-18
Parts of Albany County in NY are now only. Land cost is high and although there is potential the management sucks and the road hunters kill a lot of bucks at 3.5 when they are only about 110-115"s. I have 135 acres to hunt in 4j and have hunted it since 92 and I am guilty of shooting quite a few 110-120" bucks cause I worry some night hunting slob will shoot them. There has been a 220" buck poached a half mile from my property and several 140 to 150 bucks as well so they are there just tough to kill with a bow before the slobs kill them. Shawn

From: Zbone
30-Oct-18
XbowfromNY - "Monsters are killed every year though."

Would not doubt that one bit...

From: bowhunter24
31-Oct-18
Pat head to MO we have bow season from Sept 15 to Jan 15 with only a 9 day break in Nov you are surrounded by 3 great states and have pretty good deer here. Oh, and by the way, I could be your camera man!

31-Oct-18
Have 5 under construction now Justin. 2 are done, 1 ia a couple weeks out and 2 more dried in. Should be wide open by the time riding season comes back around in March.

From: olebuck
31-Oct-18
DON'T come to MS.

we have 90 days of firearm season. no tags, Very liberal Limits -3 bucks and 5 does. and more rednecks per county than any state in the union. they allow allow Dog hunting during the Rut... always a blast to see a buck chasing a doe, then a dog chasing a buck.......

There is a 125,000 acre WMA close to me. its flooded with hunters, sounds like world war 2, and they checked in 21 deer last year... probably killed 1000

If you have the $$$ and can buy land in the right spot, inside the MS river levee, or near the big black river - you can kill multiple 140+ each year....

From: Rocky D
31-Oct-18

Rocky D's Link
Here is just the place!

From: Ken
31-Oct-18
Texas has 4 counties. In addition to Grayson County, Dallas, Collin and Rockwall Counties are archery only for whitetails.

From: midwest
31-Oct-18
You don't need a bow only county. You need a bow only November.

Welcome to Iowa.

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