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Dear season is fast approaching most of us around the country, and that means one word: preparation. When it comes to whitetail deer, you can never be too prepared for that one moment.

While you’ve been lobbing lead at the range or fine-tuning your bow, our experts have been busy pouring over last season’s WMA population reports, county harvest statistics and herd developments for practically every state. We’ve compiled their findings into an unparalleled resource for deer die-hards: The 2015 Game & Fish Deer Forecast.

Whether you have the privilege of hunting private land in your home state or searching for favorable public land opportunities out-of-state, we’ve done your homework for you.

Our rundown of each state’s top producing counties and analysis of this year’s regional trends will put you in the know when planning to score big this season. Knowing the best counties in your state, as we as others, will put you one step ahead of the game. And with new hunters being introduced to this wonderful sport each year, that is vital.

Use our official forecast, as well as our in-depth coverage of the best states for whitetailsexclusive field tacticsgame recipes and how-to guides, to make the most out of 2015.

And, when you drop that trophy buck, if you can stop shaking long enough to take a picture, don’t miss the opportunity to boast when you share your photos on our Camera Corner.

Stay prepared. Look alert. Hunt safe.