Ohio offers some of the best public hunting areas in the country. Most of the southeast counties are located inside Wayne National Forest. Wayne has numerous public hunting areas in about 7 counties that people do not know about. Google Wayne National Forest and get some info on it. There are also about 25 State Parks all around Ohio that have public hunting grounds located all over the state. Come on over and get you one of those Buckeye Big Bucks!! For someone hunting from another state, public land is probably your best option. There are plenty of people with awesome deer habitat that either won't let you hunt it or will charge you an arm and a leg to hunt it. Check out Ohiomonsterbucks.com and check out one of our Central Ohio deer preserves. It will cost you about $20,000.00 but you can get you a 220 if you want one!!!!
I used this service a few years ago, and was very pleased. As to looking for a lease, Illinois has a ton of public land for hunting, and not as much hunter preasure as 1 would think. I have taken 2 nice deer this year so far hunting public ground, and have not even started hunting my own ground yet. I am in the process of getting it ready to flood for waterfowl season. I should have my pumps running tonight
Hunting is not usually a pursuit where instant gratification abounds. It takes a lot of time, practice, resources and patience to be a successful hunter. So when someone decides that an area they hunted only once without taking an animal is worthless and devoid of game, I don't quite understand it. These people usually jump from game management unit to game management unit; trying a new one every year.
Now don't get me wrong, there are people that just enjoy scouting and hunting...