Nice buck on public deer hunting land.
There is a lot of really good public deer hunting land out there. I grew up hunting public land and it has it’s pros and it cons but if you are willing to do some work you can find some really good spots to hunt. I am actually planning on hunting some public land in Kentucky this deer season and I can’t wait. I just wanted to list some quick links that are great resources for public hunting land that give you all the information you may need when researching to find public deer hunting land. Hopefully these will be helpful to some of you looking for information on different states public hunting areas.
Public Deer Hunting Land
The following are links to help you find information on different states public wildlife management areas etc.
These are some good links to start looking for information on public deer hunting land. If you do a little research you can find some really good places to hunt. The thing is when hunting public land is you have to be willing to get off the beaten path and go where the other hunters are not willing to go. Sometimes that may mean putting in extra work by getting further back in the woods where the hunting pressure isn’t so heavy. Those big bucks didn’t get big by being dumb. The heavier the pressure the harder they are to kill. So find locations where other hunters aren’t willing to go and that’s where the big boys will be hanging out. When researching places to hunt look for areas that have food water and cover and a past history of big bucks being taken there. I’m not going to lie, it is not always a bed of roses when hunting public land. I’ve had hunters come in and climb up a tree 75 feet away from where I was already set up in a tree and I’m shining my flashlight at him to let him know I’m there and he hunts there anyway. To say the least I was frustrated that morning. That being said, if you are willing to do your homework and get back in them woods you can find your buck of a lifetime hunting public land. I’m going to try and do just that this year hunting in Kentucky.
It’s time to get serious and do some whitetail deer hunting preseason scouting. There are many different scouting tips or techniques that you can use to be more efficient at locating and confirming potential stand or blind locations that will help you increase your odds at getting that buck of a lifetime while minimizing your chances of bumping your buck. I would like to share a few of my favorite whitetail deer hunting preseason scouting tips etc.
Velvet buck encountered while scouting.
Some Whitetail Deer Hunting Preseason Scouting Tips
Deer love old field edges and old road beds or logging roads.
I like to keep my presence in the woods to a minimum especially the closer it gets to the season. I don’t want that buck to feel any pressure whatsoever. It’s darn near impossible but the less human presence in the woods the better in my opinion. The first thing I do is get a topographical map of the property and get on Google Earth. I look for natural funnel areas. One year in Kansas I scouted a particular piece of property without ever setting foot on it. I located a funnel area between two big lots of timber and I planned my route into the stand location using the wind to my favor and the first time I hunted the funnel I saw a huge buck. I didn’t kill him but I came very close just by scouting on Google earth. This is my favorite way to locate hot spots when I hunt public land for sure. By locating funnel areas online I can save myself a lot of time and walking by checking those spots first once I arrive at the property and already knowing how to get to those spots by looking at the map.
Food, water and cover are all things I like to look for, not necessarily in that order. If I can find a spot that has all three in close proximity of each other then I like to locate trails going to and from each one and depending on time of day set up accordingly down wind of these trails. When scouting I look for rubs (fresh or old) and scrapes and deer droppings and trails. If I find several well worn trails that intersect each other I like to set up downwind of those intersections. Also look for beds if you can find where they are bedding you can set up and catch them returning to bed in the morning or leaving the bedding area in the afternoon. If you pat attention to what side of the tree is rubbed on you can tell which direction he is heading.
Another way to scout is get as much information from the local farmer or landowner as possible. They can tell you where they see the deer and at what times of day. This can be valuable to determine the best areas to start scouting first.
So by following a few of these whitetail deer hunting preseason scouting tips you can minimize the pressure you put on the deer on your hunting land and increase your odds at that big buck this season. Use maps and technology to pinpoint potential stand locations to minimize human activity in the woods especially right before the season.
This picture will sure give you whitetail fever.
It’s that time of year when us deer hunters start getting that whitetail fever really bad to get out in the woods again. It has almost been a year since we were last able to get out in that deer stand and enjoy the great outdoors in hopes of getting that buck of a lifetime or some venison to last us until next season or just to get away from it all and enjoy the beauty of nature.
I haven’t posted in a long while and it’s time to get going again. I lost my father to cancer in January of this year and although it was a very hard time he is the very reason I love deer hunting and now I will continue this blog in honor of him. He took me on my first deer hunt when I was 13 and I have loved it since that day. He taught me so much about the whitetail and I’ll sure miss hunting with him. I did get to go on one last hunt with him and I will cherish those memories forever.
This is my dad with his biggest buck ever.
Whitetail Fever Hits Hunters This Time of Year
It slowly creeps up on you in early summer and by early November whitetail fever is full blown. I imagine hunters all over America are starting to get that itch and break out their bows and start practicing to get ready for opening day. Food plot preparation, putting out minerals, putting out trail cameras, putting deer stands up and cutting shooting lanes are all on the deer hunters mind this time of year and we love it. What are some of the things you are doing to get prepared for deer season this year to get that big boy?
What are some of the regulations that have changed where you hunt or that you would like to see change? My home state of Georgia recently made baiting legal in the Northern zone in addition to the southern zone. That could be a game changer for a lot of hunters in that area. It will be interesting to find out how it affects some of my buddies who hunt in the northern zone.
Do you have food plots in this year? Have you got any big bucks on trail camera this year? Let’s see them! Send us some pictures of the big boy your after this year. Safety should be everyone’s number one priority! If you don’t use a safety belt do yourself a favor and get one and use it.
I hope you all have a great season and remember to get prepared early and practice makes perfect. Also take someone hunting that might not be able to otherwise and get those kids off the video games and out in the woods.