First_Gen wrote:MZS wrote:Actually, this year I am almost more prepared than usual. I built two natural blinds on trails I scouted out last winter on public land and scouted out another spot this summer on more public land. Got some screens (shields) made with natural materials put up to hide behind on several tree stands on our property and have a nice box stand ready for gun hunting. I think the $200+ a week grocery bills to feed my 4 teenagers have been motivating me to get more deer in the freezer! Now I need to get out and start shooting my bow - that is a 2+ week endeavor just to get needed strength back. Sept 14th is the start up by us so I have exactly one month - better start shooting today!
Nothing beats a public land sweet spot that you can tell no one messes with. I found one this year that I will most certainly hunt...the approach is across a river and up a gulley about a half mile. Go where no one else wnats to couldn't be more true.
Another variation of that is to hunt public land not far from the parking lot or a road (less than 100yds) - most hunters overlook these types of spots. This is what I do - I also like that there is less chance of spooking deer. I try to avoid the spots that "look like good hunting areas" that are on some old logging road or at the end of some dead end road - hunters seem to flock to these spots. I am mostly talking archery hunting here. A good way to find such spots is to scout around a bit right after the gun season (or as I am "still" hunting (stalking) during muzzle loading late season). If there is snow on the ground but no old or fresh hunter tracks, then it is an area that is left alone. Also this is a great time to scout out new areas.