Hi I'm new to this sight but thought I would try it out and see if I could get a little advice for a midwest deer hunt. For the past 8 years or so I have been dreaming of hunting where the deer can grow to massive proportions (as opposed to my home state of Alabama) but the income of a preacher at a small church is not the greatest, so I have abandoned the hope of using an outfitter. I have now turned my attention to planning a public land deer hunt. I would like to hunt in either Illinois or Iowa, and was wondering if someone could give me some advice in the planning of this trip and also WHERE IN THE WORLD DO I START? There is a ton of public land, but I don't know where the best place to start is. Thanks!