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Sparkitoff

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Arkansas and Wyoming have over the counter bear and deer tags that are reasonably priced. Both have a lot of public land. Would need a lot of research and a good dose of luck in either place but definitely can be done.
 

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The top rated black bear states in the lower 48 are Arizona, N Carolina (IIRC, THE record black bear came out of the swamps of eastern NC), and Idaho. You'll need to decide if bear or deer is your priority, as I don't think either of those three are top deer states.
Alaska is still your best bet for black bear. I guess it depends on your limit for spending, and if you can find a black bear hunt within your budget.
 

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NYS has season overlap. When regular season opens for deer in the northern zone, bear season also opens for hunting. No draw, no preferrence points, just buy a big game license, bear and deer tags come together. Bow, early muzzleloader, and doe tags are separate and no doe tags in most of the northern zone. Regular season allows any legal weapon, unmentionable, bow or muzzleloader. We do have a pretty long season, but you will earn any buck you take in the Adirondacks.
 

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N.C. has some excellent deer hunting due to a lot of land being swamp and most condusive to deer. If trophy bear is your quest N.C. is the place to hunt . the world record was taken in N.C. it weighted 880 pounds! There have been many 600 pounds plus taken as well!
 

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N.C. has some excellent deer hunting due to a lot of land being swamp and most condusive to deer. If trophy bear is your quest N.C. is the place to hunt . the world record was taken in N.C. it weighted 880 pounds! There have been many 600 pounds plus taken as well!
I lived north of Raleigh for 13 years but hunted in GA instead, since hunting on Sunday was illegal (even bow hunting on private land).

I stand corrected, NC does have some big bucks. On the other hand, in some counties in Eastern NC, running deer with dogs is legal, which can affect your hunt if you're on a neighboring parcel.

Some NC bucks from 2019
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Thank you for the suggestion, I'll look into those states.

A mate of mine did a guided Whitetail hunt in Wisconsin and had no issues getting his back.
Send an e-mail to the below:

www.FrontiersTravel.com

Also Cabelas has a hunting and fishing section which deals with hunting and fishing in the U.S.
 

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I lived north of Raleigh for 13 years but hunted in GA instead, since hunting on Sunday was illegal (even bow hunting on private land).

I stand corrected, NC does have some big bucks. On the other hand, in some counties in Eastern NC, running deer with dogs is legal, which can affect your hunt if you're on a neighboring parcel.

Some NC bucks from 2019
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Nice looking fawn! LOL!
 

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Aroostook county in Maine for bear. Deer hunting in Maine is pretty good. I have a camp near Moosehead lake you can stay for a week for free.Bear season and deer season are 2 months apart, it does run through deer season but early bear season over bait is way more successful.
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