I hunt state land. I try to keep my mouth shut about which one I hunt as there is already enough hunters there. I look at topo's and am out in the woods all the time. I like to go in there and scout once the season ends to find where other hunters have hunted and where the deer trails and beds are. It's easy to tell this with snow. Another thing I try to do is GO DEEP and hunt the long hours like bowbrown said. I will talk to anyone and everyone to get an idea of where they are hunting, so I stay clear of that area. I have taken a lot of bucks of state land including a real nice 9pt I took this past Nov. It's possible.It's hard to put out trail cameras, due to them always getting stolen. Your best bet is to buy a cheap one and LOCK it up anyways. Put it out there and see what happens.. You should take a look at the John Eberhart section. He shoots a lot of big bucks of state land, and his books are all about state land hunting pretty much. So give that a try for more advice. We also have a webinar coming up on pressured hunting lands, such as state land.. Might be worth the money to check it out.
"If I pull the hammer and shoot this young buck, he's dead. But if I pass on him, the next hunter might not shoot so straight."