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  • With all the questions about public land, this seems appropriate. What is the biggest difference you have seen between states pu

    With all the questions about public land, this seems appropriate. What is the biggest difference you have seen between states public land?

  • #2
    I have hunted WI and MI land, along with some IN land. WI and MI land was plentiful in the areas we were hunting, but there are few public opportunities around my part of IN.

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    • #3
      i moved from Texas to New Mexico the big difference is that NM has LOTS of public land where game is plentiful though you have to work for it. In texas not so much.

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      • #4
        What I don't like about state land is other people are out in the same woods. There are hikers, mountain bike riders, backpackers, bird watchers, squirrel hunters, tree huggers and small game hunters. When I am bow hunting for a nice buck it is hard to compete with the entire Zulu Nation.

        Private land is just me, myself and I.
        Oh, I forgot and the nice bucks walking around on private land undisturbed.

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        • #5
          I hunt black bear on public land. I am the first vehicle to pull up in the dark early morning because I walk in deep to get away from the rat race.

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          • #6
            New York has the Adirondack Park, about 6,000,000 acres with much of it designated 'forever wild' which means no construction of anything on it.
            Ohio has a fair amount of public land and hunting opportunities.

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            • #7
              i do pretty well hunting grouse on MI public lands, not doing well in the deer department, usually orange behind every tree. hunted public land for deer in PA. from the area ive hunted, they were plentiful, and there was no shortage of nice bucks. attribute it directly to APR's.

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              • #8
                Montana has plenty of public lands whether it be National Forests, BLM, State school sections, or private land open to the public via the Block Management system. Sometimes there is plenty of orange to be seen in the National forest, but most of them don't know the country well so they stay close to the roads, my father has taken 3 really nice whitetails, the smallest scores in the mid 150s, by getting way in deep, well away from everyone. If crowds are a problem hunt non peak days, think Tuesday-Thursday, of course I know that isn't always an option. If school sections are an option available to you scout them out, most people don't know where they are, hunted one just outside of town this year, a secondary road cuts 20 acres off of it, short drive, quick walk into the hills. A bunch of mule deer travel from the private owned land where they bed through the school section into a wheat field on the other side. The more you study your options the more options you might end up having.

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                • #9
                  Florida has 2,000,000+ acres of WMA, The Bad Part is Open-Day of all the Seasons Start on a Saturday not on a monday, I have found that hunting on Wed,Thu,friday are the best day's to hunt WMA, Bow Season is the Best for a "Bullwinkle" or a Doe...with Tons of Blood sucking Skeeters.

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                  • #10
                    Biggest differences I've noticed is some states actively manage their public lands for wildlife (plant food plots, administer harvest limitations beyond the normal regulations, limit the number of hunters, create cover, etc.), and others do not. Those that do manage public lands for wildlife often have happy hunters. Those that do not manage their public lands for wildlife often have hunters that complain about how terrible the hunting is on public lands.

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