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  • I'm doing a little research. How many of you folks depend on public land or private land in public access programs as your only

    I'm doing a little research. How many of you folks depend on public land or private land in public access programs as your only option for big game hunting access?

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    Here in Wyoming 95% public land, 5% private (even some of that private is "Walk-in" areas of private land whereby owners agree with the state to allow sportsmen to legally trespass).

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    • #3
      I hunt private land in central SC. Not much public land left to hunt here and not real safe to hunt it.

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      • #4
        I primarily hunt public land for archery and rifle season. I hope Montana Legislators will open-up more access to public land through easements via private lands and limit tags to outfitters and landowners. If worst comes to worst, I can hunt my tribe's land for deer, elk and pronghorn.

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        • #5
          I am relatively new to the sport and live in New York state where 85% of the land is privately owned. There are some public lands in the area which I use, though I try to only use them on certain days to avoid crowds. We get a lot of New Jersey hunters using public lands in NY because NJ is a densely populated state with very few public hunting areas and bear hunting is not allowed unless special permits are granted as they were about 6 years ago, however this is rare even though black bears have become a nuisance in many suburban areas and state parks in New Jersey.

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          • #6
            I hunt alot of public land and I also trade labor/access to some private land too. W.M.A s are not as some would think espiecialy if you get in early,get away from the roads and let the others push deer to you.

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            • #7
              I'm a 100% freelance public land hunter/fisherman. Leases are a leading reason our numbers are dropping. It's known as lack of access. I work much harder than most and definetely harder than the leased access crowd and I enjoy the same level of sucess. The difference is I get to enjoy the outdoors more days per year instead of nearly assured sucessin one day being outdoors

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              • #8
                I hunt public land almost exclusively in NJ and PA. Any "private" land i hunt is anything but, meaning they let anyone hunt. I do intend to get a bit more proactive. Knock on doors, write letters, etc to gain access to better private land. I enjoy public land hunting though. As mentioned above, just get a little farther off the road than most go and the hunting can be great. Granted 'trophy' caliber deer are a bit harder to come by, but they're true trophies.

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                • #9
                  I hunt private land and have never hunted public. I have heard that the hunting is totally different because of the hunting pressure and people being around all over the place.

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                  • #10
                    I am limited to hunting public land whatever it is or where ever it is

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                    • #11
                      if you want to score on something huge, get some private land. you won't get bothered by other hunters and the game is more calm and relaxed.

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                      • #12
                        I hunt private land!!!

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