I'm glad folks are finally starting to take notice of Kentucky. I have found the deer in the Greater Ohio Valley in general to be plentiful and huge. Kentucky owns a large part of that. If you're a bow hunter, I would lean more towards SE Ohio, because of the seasons. However, the shotgun season is -- well, shotgun season, and it comes after Thanksgiving. Residents in Indiana have good deer, but the non-resident licensing and seasons are lousy. Everyone knows about southern Illiinois. Of all the states I've mentioned, Kentucky seems to have it all-- liberal seasons, reasonable non-resident rules, and a reasonably long centerfire rifle season during the peak of the rut.
This is a harvest map, not a deer herd map. Harvest has a lot to do with the number of hunters out in a given area. Some areas along the Ohio have low harvest numbers, but plenty of deer. Any county along the Ohio that is in Zone 1 is going to produce.