This thread is to help those people (like me) that would like to kill a big buck (130" or bigger) who do not own property or have permission to hunt property in an area known for producing consistent high numbers of bucks of this quality, In other words...the midwest.
I currently hunt two states. Florida, only because i reside here and Pennsylvania, because i have family there.
I would like to add a third state to that list for next season. I have been researching for countless hours on which state it should be.
I am trying to build a strategy for next season as far as where
I will be hunting, when
As far as i am concerned, there is 4 peak times to be in the woods for killing a big buck.
First day of firearms
Late season when the hunting pressure has subsided.
Now, since i will have to hunt public land in this new state, I want to hunt archery season so it isn't too crowded. so that takes 'first day of firearms' and 'late season' out of the equation. Since I hunt PA the first week of Nov. annually. That leaves me with Opening weekend for my new state.
So given my circumstances, I think i have narrowed my selection down to a WMA in the green river region of Kentucky called Barren River wma.
The reason i am considering this area is because KY bow season opens very early, keeping the trip two months prior to my PA rut hunt, which helps on the financial end. Also, KY has been producing alot of record class deer the last few years. Third, the drive is not outrageously long from FL. Lastly this wma stretches for miles along the barren river, with steep and i would imagine some thick terrain that spider webs through what looks like an agricultural area. Seems like a legit place to kill a big buck. To me anyways.
Now here are my questions.
1. Has anyone else tried a 'blind hunt' such as this? Meaning no prior scouting trip. If so, please speak up with any advice or experiences. (I am very familiar with topo and aerial scouting)
2. Where can i find more info, such as harvest records, deer density, etc...? (For this or other states/counties/wma's...)
3. Do you have any suggestions of states/counties/wma's I should look into?
4. Is anyone familiar with the wma or general area that i spoke of in KY?
Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated. I would very much like to kill a big buck next season, and am willing to work very hard to accomplish this. A little guidance or direction will make this task much easier.
p.s. Anyone else that is looking to attempt a similar style hunt on unfamiliar property, make sure you refer to this thread for tips on 'pre-scouting' with Topo Maps: