Hey, just wondering if anyone has hunted the mark twain national forest in missouri for whitetails? I've heard there are some decent bucks there and I hope to make a trip there next year if I can afford it. Any help appreciated.
i have hunted mark twain forest between protem and cedarcreek for over 20 years have killed deer almost every year .most hunters in our group kill every year none real big ,120-130 class deer would be considered a very good one
Thanks fo the reply, sounds like maybe the wrong area to look for a posiible 140 class. I know that is going to be a challenge on public land anywhere, but it sounds like they are few and far between. thanks.
i'm not much on scoring deer. never had one so big that i needed to know for sure what it scored. a guy in camp killed one 9 pts 26 in spread . dont care what it scored just wish it was hanging from my pole
Piece of advice If you ever want to hunt public land by mark twain or shawnee in illinois Do it by boat if you have one. I guarantee you will see les pressured deer and your chances for a large buck or a lot better. We have killed several P&Y bucks by this method over the years. It a easy way to slip in and out doing so.
All of those lakes around shawnee have public land bordering a majority of the lake. You can litterly put in at the boat ramps and reach the public land within minutes and hunt. Just make sure by looking at the maps of the lake to make sure that portion is public. Google it to find the boudaries of shawnee. Crab orchard lake has some good hunting around it. There is a portion of that lake that is for drawing only. I've seen some 150's and 160's come out of there quite often.
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