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Location: Jackson, MS
Joined: 11/16/2005
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Hunting Public Land Whitetails

Hey y'all,
I am a college student in Jackson MS and have an unhealthy addiction to hunting. However, since private land isn't that available to me, I find myself hunting on public land most of the time. (The Pearl River WMA outside Jackson). There are good deer and lots of them, but most movement is nocturnal due to pressure. Any pointers from PR WMA hunters or any public land veterans?

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Location: Central Virginia
Joined: 09/10/2003
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Hunting Public Land Whitetails

Hey Jack-
I'm not a PR WMA hunter, but have had some good success on public lands (6x7 elk and mulies in AZ and countless whitetails in VA). I've found that most hunters will stick close to the roads, 0.5 mile or less, so try to get back in where the other hunters are too lazy to go. Don't forget, you'll have to drag it out from where ever you are. I ran into that problem last Saturday. Killed an 8 point at dusk and spent the next 2.5 hours dragging him out in the dark.

You can also use the other hunters to your advantage. Get in some place and sit tight and let the other hunters' movements push some deer around to you.

If you can find the bedding areas, you might catch one coming or going. If you get too close to the area they will likely spook. Too far away and it will be dark when they pass by you.

Also weekdays, like Mon-Thurs are nice if you can manage it. There are less hunters on those days. Most guys only get out on weekends, holidays, or "any deer" days (I'm not sure it MS has those or not).

Hope this helps and Good Luck!!

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Hunting Public Land Whitetails

You'll have to find the bedding areas and set up near them. After bedding for the day, deer do get up and move within their safe bedding areas during the day. I wouldn't try and go in after them unless you're a REALLY good stalker, that's pretty risky cuz if you compromise their safe area they'll bug out permanently.

It's a tough one though - good luck

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Location: florida panhandle
Joined: 11/21/2004
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Hunting Public Land Whitetails

i hunted public management areas for many years, with no luck, however, one of the biggest bucks i saw was late in the morning, around 10, when out of disgust of another hunter who was tromping around underneath my tree, i got down and headed for my truck through a rolling pine chop, i saw a huge buck trotting away from two other hunters, they had jumped him up and did not see it, i was in a good position, though and when the buck stopped to look back at the two other guys i took a long shot at it, missing unfortunately, so maybe using the other hunters to spook the deer, or hunting at odd times may help. that and going the extra mile into the swamps and so on, i have used a little inflatable boat, my buddies laugh and say, what happens when you kill a big one how you gonna get it out, i just say i will deal with that when it happens.

Location: Jackson, MS
Joined: 11/16/2005
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Thanks y'all, good to hear success stories and see it can work. The PR WMA is different in that it's 7,500 acres on the reservoir so one side is completely accessible by water. From what I know, there is decent pressure from the water inland. There is also a road that runs along the north side of the property creating the northern boundary. There seems to be decent swamp cover in the middle of the property. I'm headed out Saturday evening - I'll let y'all know if anything with antlers is movin'.
Thanks again

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Location: florida panhandle
Joined: 11/21/2004
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Hunting Public Land Whitetails

good luck sparrow, also check this out, download google earth, it's an great site thats free, with good quality overhead pics, that are fairly recent.

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