Passing Public Land Bucks

Like many deer hunters, I grew up hunting small 10- to 20-acre private parcels. However, this all changed in fall 2018 when I moved from my home in North Carolina to attend college in central Mississippi and suddenly had access to over 100,000 acres of public land within an hour of my new house. This …

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3 Great Spots for Public Land Trail-Cameras

One of my favorite summertime activities leading into deer season is running trail-cameras. And while I keep a few out on my small property where I live, the bulk of my trail-camera efforts take place on public land. Unlike private land where I can put out corn or other forms of attraction to get deer …

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Tactics for Public Land Bucks Near or Far

The author and his brother have spent 15 years targeting public-land deer both close to home and out of state. Follow them for DIY public-land success. I couldn’t believe my sleep-deprived eyes. A mature Missouri 10-point was on a steady trot in our direction! My heart jumped to my throat, and my knees started that …

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Shed Hunting Tips by Region, Part 5: the Northeast

I had never read a comprehensive article with shed-hunting strategies for specific regions of the whitetail’s range. So, I wrote one! I interviewed six shed-hunting nuts from the Midwest, Mississippi River Valley, Deep South, Appalachian Mountains, Northeast, and the Northern Great Plains. Let’s look at what Ray Purdy of New York had to say about …

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Shed Hunting Tips by Region, Part 4: Appalachian Mountains

I had never read a comprehensive article with shed-hunting strategies for specific regions of the whitetail’s range. So, I wrote one! I interviewed six shed-hunting nuts from the Midwest, Mississippi River Valley, Deep South, Appalachian Mountains, Northeast, and the Northern Great Plains. Let’s look at what Doody Cook of West Virginia had to say about …

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