I don't ask to hunt on private land. If I'm not invited, I don't go. As little public land as we have around here, there's lots of land if you know where it is. The vast majority of private here is either closed or fee hunting, I have never fee hunted.
I'll be hunting both this year. My familly has some land that's a high beech nut producer, but I tend to wander off the property into public land alot. I have not seen many people using the public land available in the last two years. It's really too bad.
One of the best ways to scout your hunting area is to look for signs that mature animals leave behind. Wallows, scrapes, rubs and areas littered with tracks are great evidence that game are using your area. But why not look for the single piece of evidence that you are hunting for when fall rolls around anyway... antlers. Game animals in the family cervidae shed their antlers annually. Why not use these unique souvenirs as a way of helping you fill your tag next fall?
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