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questions about hunting a WMA area, inexperienced hunter que

We were kayaking on a creek in a NE OK WMA area and came ashore on in an area between the creek and verdigris river, a lot of dead trees and a lot of dried up looking vegetation. We noticed some fresh looknig deer tracks and trails leading to the creek but I can't imagine why there would be many deer over here because it didn't look like there was any food. But being pretty inexperienced I have no idea if this is a good place to hunt or not. I am really just an occasional hunter and it is usually on private land where there is at least some persimon or apple trees and maybe even some winter wheat.

Anyway, the attractive thing about this area was that it looked like there would be plenty of space even if someone else could happen to make it that far, and the trails were encouraging. And it seemed like more of an adventure than just sitting in some trees in a cow pasture.

I've never hunted public land and don't really like the idea of being in the middle of a lot of high powered rifles w/ hunters. So I'm just looking for advice from those of you who hunt public land and enjoy it. Should I even try an area like this w/o any visible food supply? How early should I get there to claim my area before other hunters start arriving, assuming other hunters hunt this area?

Any advice is appreciated.

thanks.

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questions about hunting a WMA area, inexperienced hunter que

If you have good deer sign then why worry about the food source in the area. Probably means you are closer to their bedding. Maybe try back tracking the trails and find where they are feeding and bedding. Maybe the creek is the best watering hole in the area. I'd determine the food source and bedding and then you'll know which direction they may be heading at certain time of day. Good Luck Thumbs up Sounds like a good place to me. They might like it because there isn't alot of foot traffic in the area.

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Might be worth hunting just for the experience, sounds like the hunting would be OK too Thumbs up

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questions about hunting a WMA area, inexperienced hunter que

I would not worry so much about the scarce food supply. Oklahoma is going through one of the deadliest droughts in history, so the forage is limited. Just as stated before you might have found an area where the deer travel from bedding to feeding. I have never hunted public land so I do not know much about how everyone goes about picking their spots. If its first come first serve then I would arrive real early. Maybe even over an hour before daylight. The sun comes up around 7, daylight is around 6, so you may want to be sit and ready no later than 5:30.

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