The best place with the most public land is the Pine Ridge. The best place witht he biggest bucks is the Sandhills, but public land options aren't great. I believe there has only been one B&C buck to ever come out of Nebraska. At least there was a few years ago when I last looked.
So, does that mean it's not worth it? Up to you. I love hunting in Nebraska. You obviously don't have them in Ohio, and that's the closest place for you with the easiest tags to get.
We hunted the Sandhills SW of valentine two years ago, there is very little public land other than the National Forest which doesn't have much for trees, lots of rolling, grass covered "Sandhills". There are numerous plum thickets but we went the last weekend and it had been hit HARD, lots of ATV tracks all over the place. We did harvest a couple mulies, 4x4 and 4x5, but nothing special. If you plan to hunt the national forest bring a GPS, as everything looks the same and there are numerous trails.
We are heading to Pine Ridge this fall, but are going to go the first weekend.
the biggest mullies that i have seen have all been in the south western part of nebraska but central nebraska has big mule deer also but there alot more skidish and is much harder for you to go a good clear shot on them
When hunting whitetails there are many different languages being spoken afield that I key on when outdoors. All these little creatures living around whitetails have something to tell us if we are willing to listen.
My favorite tattletales of the outdoors are a handful of little birds that live in my state of Ohio. Maybe yours too. A tip for the upcoming season.
There are Blue Jays, Cardinals, Chickadees, Killdeer, and Sparrows that all have language...