Northern MN has an abundance of public land. Without giving away your secret hunting spot please share some of your experiences hunting deer on public ground. We are planning our first annual muzzle load trip on public ground. Any tips?
If the hunter density is high, hunt escape routes, rather than the "traditional" food sources and what not. Deer will start to scatter and get pushed. You will have a good chance to see deer escaping the push by other hunters. Also, get in your spot and stay there. You will have an oppertunity to see deer that are pushed/bumped by the guys that get off stand at 9am to have coffee, and then again at 1, when they start doing drives. I have hunted high hunter-density areas and have had success with these tactics. Also, deer hunters are not the only hunters that move deer. I have seen deer bumped by duck/goose hunters, pheasant hunters, and recreational foot traffic.
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.