The OFFICIAL thread for PUBLIC LAND hunting.

Discussion in 'Bowhunting Talk' started by buckeye, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. Bmiller23

    Bmiller23 Weekend Warrior

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    Been settled in since 2:40 for my second sit in Delaware,not much movement yet. 5 does and 2 small bucks yesterday, not bad for just setting foot here 3 weeks ago for the first time.

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  2. Jeffrey Jones

    Jeffrey Jones Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Stay ready man anything can happen good luck!!!

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  3. Oly44

    Oly44 Grizzled Veteran

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    Heading out to a new area tonight to scout from the road. We will see what one looks more promising. I have one to the east and west both a half hour away.


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  4. KyleLewis

    KyleLewis Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I have big respect for public land hunters. I always hunted PL until I got permission for private. You need to know the land better than anyone else, get there sooner and leave later. I put the absolute most work into my PL deer and even though they weren't huge it was still an accomplishment. Now that I hunt private I almost feel like it's an unfair advantage for me because there is no pressure on the deer. Even though the land I hunt is loaded with deer. I still like to hunt PL just to just to stay sharp. Nothing like taking a climber out a mile on your back at 4 am.


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  5. Jake/PA

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    I drove out to Ohio last weekend to set up some trail cams and get a better feel of the area. I'll let them sit for a month and then go back to check/hunt.

    Still back and forth about making a trip out to Nebraska.
     
  6. Josh/OH

    Josh/OH Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Did you check out that area I told you about?


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  7. Jake/PA

    Jake/PA Grizzled Veteran

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    I checked out a few spots in that area. Some thick stuff.
     
  8. Josh/OH

    Josh/OH Die Hard Bowhunter

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    That's all I hunt, brother. I've had good luck on the high ground.


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  9. Il_public_land_hunter

    Il_public_land_hunter Weekend Warrior

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    Just got an amazing call from DNR today. After waiting 4yrs I finally got a spot on some lottery based public land less than 5 miles from my house. I am so excited. Don't even care ifI see a deer while there. Just happy I got the spot. Seeing and shooting a deer is just an added bonus at this point. Woohoo
     
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    This pretty much sums it up, I couldn't agree more!!
     
  11. virginiashadow

    virginiashadow Legendary Woodsman

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    Day 1 public land starts tomorrow. Ill be walking in about 2pm.
     
  12. Windwalker7

    Windwalker7 Weekend Warrior

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    It seems these days, most of my hunting is limited to public ground. Having lost many good private properties over the years, this is a hard adjustment. Here is a little video I did of scouting a state park. The first photo is a pretty nice buck. Checking Trail Cams in a Public Hunting Area - YouTube

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  13. Windwalker7

    Windwalker7 Weekend Warrior

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    Here is what happened to me last year on a public land buck. I was patting myself on the back already for getting this guy off the ground at 10 yards in a high pressure public area. As it goes with Bowhunting - YouTube

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  14. virginiashadow

    virginiashadow Legendary Woodsman

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    4 hours hunted, one doe at 15 yds on Day 1 of the public land. I usually get skunked on Day 1.....
     
  15. Drewrobusmc

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    Just got out of the military and returned home too late to join a local club so I'm gonna hunt some state land here close. Went out today and did a little scouting for the first time. Found lots of good sign and even some hog sign. Gonna go back tomorrow and put out some corn and a trail cam and see what we got.
     
  16. BucKSlayeR152

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    Checking in from Wisconsin ImageUploadedByBowhunting.com Forums1475467528.282067.jpg ImageUploadedByBowhunting.com Forums1475467553.851004.jpg
     
  17. selfbros

    selfbros Die Hard Bowhunter

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    When is the last time you saw velvet bucks in February? :)
     
  19. Flatstatehunter

    Flatstatehunter Weekend Warrior

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    I made a post already posting these pics and a little story behind the hunt. This buck was taken on public land here in Kansas. I primarily hunt public land and this year I might hunt public exclusively.

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  20. BucKSlayeR152

    BucKSlayeR152 Newb

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    Cam date is wrong late august
     

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