(posted in great plains forum too)
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.