We don't own any land up there so we go one the hundreds of acres that are public land. So my question is..... Do you hunt on public land? do you have any susses? How do you choose where to go? Thanks for reading.
Well, I don't know what the terrain is like in the area you're referring to so it's a bit hard to advise you. However, I can tell you about my experience with public land & it may apply to you.
First off, I've never had any success on public land, or a co-operative when the land was flat. Two reasons. First, that's where most of the hunters from downstate NY go ... it's usually overworked with inexperienced hunters crashing around & shooting at anything that moves, including cows & small Japanese cars. Aside from the first hours of opening day ... those deer are going to be bedded down until the last Yahoo leaves the woods. Now this applies to the Catskill region of NY.
It's a little better in the Adirondack region. But in any case you need a state land map, a deer population map & a topographical map. I find it much more successful (and safer) to hunt in the mountains. Now I'm not talking about scaling the Himalayas, but 2500 to 4000 foot mountains. Remember that you're often starting from about 1000' anyway.
Climb up to the top, actually just below the top ridge & look for a spot that has a food source, is nearby a water source, and, a good view of the approaching area from just below that ridge. That's their escape route. I guarantee there will be deer in that area, often used as a bedding area.
Now if the area has all those features, there will be deer ... no if's or but's. Remember, you started out by picking an area that showed deer population in the 30 to 45 per sq, mi. range. It doesn't pay to hunt where there are no deer! [;)]