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Well, what is ya'all's perspective on private & public land hunting?
Do you hunt just one or do you hunt both? Why & for what game animals.

This should be a very interesting thread to read.
Why you may be asking? Well we all hunt yet somewhat different from each other.

Look forward to ya'all's replys.
 

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I hunt both private & public lands.
Both offer something the other may not.

Private land- It offers me away to hunt without running into others 90% of time.
The other 10% is for when ya never know who else might show up uninvited.

Public Land- offers me a greater challenge to finding game & not to see any other hunters while hunting in a specific aera and being far more successful as a hunter under the worst of circumstances.

Private Land- I get to hunt for dove,turkey & every once in a blue moon for deer & waterfowl.

Public Land- Waterfowl,turkey,deer,hogs,quail,rabbit,squirrel,beaver and so on.

I like both private & public lands to hunt- You never know what you will see or take home.
 

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I now only hunt private land because that is what I have access to. During the 80's when I was in the Navy, I hunted alot of public ground. While hunting public ground I had all the problems that everyone talks about. From having ten people walk past me when I thought that I was way in, to actually having a guy drop his pants at the bottom of my tree and start to take a poop.

I have been shot at by someone shooting at a low flying bird while dove hunting on state ground in Illinois one time and the only thing that saved me was that I seen it happening and dove behind a hay bale.

While deer hunting in the Hell Hole Swamp in South Carolina, I had a man point his 30-06 at me when he thought that I was going to claim the 4 point buck that he had shot and it died 30 feet from my stand. That one shook me up alittle.
 

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Its almost always private land for me, although I do a little quail hunting on public in late season when everybody thinks the birds are all shot up. I walk in a little further, and stay a little longer than most and get into birds that nobody else has. For deer, you wouldn't catch me within 10 miles of any public place in Northern okla. The Kansas hunters have prettty much taken over.
 

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Hunted private land up until I took my step son on a draw hunt at James Collins PHA. After seeing the deer on that place I started to bow hunt it a lot. Since then I've been to several public lands on draw hunts and regular hunts, and am impressed with most of the ones I've been to. I like to hunt new areas every now and then and public land is the only way I'm going to be able to see new land. Plus I've met some dang good folk, like Guage & 7Magman, by going public, and have seen some fine animals. But I will say most of my public land hunts have been during bow season. I do tend to get a bit skiddish at the thought of public land and rifle season, no experience on that but don't want to take the chance.
 

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If I do not get a draw hunt I go on a public land hunt. It is fun just to get away from familiar ground. I mostly go archery hunting but sometimes I will go muzzleloader hunting on public land.I do hunt on private land but do not have a whole lot of it.
 
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