2018 public land roll call!!!

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  1. Swamp Stalker

    Swamp Stalker Grizzled Veteran

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    Where my public land brothers at?! We had a great thread going last year. I’ll be hitting up my same spot that I grew up hunting.

    I dropped the ball scouting this past winter, I admit I didn’t go out. I went out last week and I’m GLAD I didn’t go this past winter. I would have been following the deer runs that I’ve hunted for years.

    I finally figured out where I’ve been going wrong all of these years. I hunt the edges of some very thick mountain laurel as I’ve witnessed and sign has shown that the deer hug those edges. I knew they bed in there and said what the heck. I got very friendly with the thick and nasty. I knew I was always 30-50 yards from the property line. Once I got there my jaw dropped. The private land owner has his property line blazed, and it is a MAJOR travel corridor. The sign I saw was incredible. It dawned on me that I’ve been hunting secondary trails all of these years..... there are PLENTY of deer in these woods!

    I followed the line and found a spot where the trail veers a bit more onto public land, so I can set up and get a shot. There is no sign of any hunters, tree stands or anything hunting back there. Looking at an aerial it is a 40 acre piece that’s undeveloped and I build able wetland.

    I found a ambush spot in the mt Laurel and cleared a spot for me and the ghille suit. I then realized there was no way to get back there without stumbling bumbling and getting shredded by the thick stuff. Impossible to access.

    So I did what had to be done. I blazed my own access trail, about 300-400 yards to be able to get in without disturbing any of the deer runs I used to always cross or use.

    Pretty pumped for September now!!


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  2. hammer40330

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    Looking for some good public hunting in Ohio close to Ky state line. Thanks for any input


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    I’ll be hunting IDNR ground on the Mississippi River and also down in Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. I’ll probably be hunting 50% public. My best big buck opportunities will be public. Can’t wait to see some Big Public land monsters hit the dirt on this thread!!! Or any deer lol
     
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    Public land in MI and IN here. Trying to decide between an internet-scouted hang and hunt on public land in KY or a DIY solo elk hunt in CO.
    Private land in WI...going to be a busy season.
     
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    virginiashadow Legendary Woodsman

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    Public land in Central and Northern Virginia (if I can make it back up to hunt for a few days). KILL
     
  6. Ridgerunner3

    Ridgerunner3 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Should be more opportunity this fall brother. I hope it pays off! Although that means a lot more deer with sore arses. Lol. Seriously best of luck.

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  7. Ridgerunner3

    Ridgerunner3 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I'll probably hit some public here in central west MO. Did some scouting during Turkey season and saw some interesting patterns I wouldn't have thought of. No cameras allowed here on the ones I'm familiar with so I can't get great Intel as far as that goes. Can't freaking wait for October!

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    Public land for me in wisconsin. Been busy working to get boots on the ground ,but got a subscription to on x hunt. I alway have my early season spot i go to.
     
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    Sounds good swamp. It sounds like we hunt some similar terrain, very hilly and lots of laurel.

    last year I learned that if you cut a path in that stuff, sometimes the deer will use the trail you made, so keep that in mind!

    This will be year 5 that I try to take a deer on public property, I have seen deer and have had atleast one within bowrange almost every year, but I just have not sealed the deal yet, maybe this year.


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    I’ll be giving public land a go this year here in Indiana. Never have hunted any public before. I have private to hunt as well, but it seems so much easier to learn on public, because if you need to follow a rub line or a trail, there’s no boundaries. I can see the whole picture and not just 40 acres. If I just see a decent buck in the areas I’ve scouted, I’ll be happy. There’s a few bucks on private I’ve been chasing for a few years
     
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    I’ll be hunting some public land here in pa, pretty excited that I got permission on what used to be my aunts farm. But I have been having some good bucks on camera on some heavily hunter PA gamelands this guy showed up at the end of June, I was very upset that my camera hasn’t been working for the past month! Excited to see what he turns into! Image1532427753.406325.jpg Image1532427766.529410.jpg


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  12. Swamp Stalker

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    I used some big chunks of laurel that I cut to close any ways of entry/exit, but I'm sure they will find it! I'm tempted to start the season like I always do, and get them used to NOT using the secondary trail because of me being there, and then switch it up for the kill. I'm also wondering if I should save that spot for the rut?

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    Ohio public land hunter here. Headed down to Muskingum County to scout first weekend in August, then have a 3-4 day hunt planned the 2nd weekend of October. Tri Valley Wildlife Area, anyone hunted there early archery?


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  14. MnHunterr

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    Will be trying to hunt MN public for the first time this year. Luckily I've got 2 amazing pieces to hunt within 10 minutes of me.

    Will be hunting the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge and also Benlacs State Wildlife Management Area.
     
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    I'll be hunting the same Public land that I've been hunting for the last 15 years. :tu: Last year I let a basket 8pt walk, so at least I had an opportunity. I put one of my trail cams out over two weeks ago, hoping to get some decent velvet pics. I'll check it in another week or so. I'm pumped, because I never see another hunter where I go! :nana:
     
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    that's got to be a very rare situation in PA.
     
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    I'd love to give public another shot this fall but with the amount of money I have tied up in leases, food plots, etc and some of the bucks I'm chasing I doubt it will happen. If anything I may give it a go in mid October just to try and see if I can put a doe down while I'm waiting for the pre-rut to kick in. I guess I'll play it by ear. If the conditions are right and I'm feeling motivated I have 2 or 3 trees picked out from a Spring scouting mission where I think I could get the job done. We'll see.
     
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    Went past there on our trip to Duluth in the beginning of July. Looks like a cool but overwhelming place! Is there restrictions on when/where you can hunt there?
     
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    I'll be hunting public here in VA. I do have access to private but eventually plan on cutting some of those costs so I try to scout and hunt public as much as possible.

    Missed an oppurtunity at what would have been my biggest bow buck to date last season on a nice piece of public....at like 9 yards. SMH ;)
     
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    Overwhelming is an understatement. Me and a few buddies have spots mapped out that we will be running/gunning. The majority of the refuge is designated as a wildlife sanctuary and closed to all public access from March 1 - August 31. It's basically Google Earth research all year.
     

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