Im from PA and have hunted archery in Ohio for the past three years.. Once you start looking, its pretty easy to find some good public land. We havent bothered with getting permission on private land because we have done so well on public land. The they offer are pretty detailed so I would make sure you get some, they are a great help. Since you are going in archery, I would plan to hunt the first or second week in November, that has seemed to be the best time for us. It seems the rut activity we see out there is far better that what we see around home. Make it worth your while and sit all day, we harvested two ohio bucks this year out of 4 of us and both were shot around lunch time. Just pack right and sit back and enjoy the day. If you have the time, go for a week.. little weekend hunts never seemed to work out for us. Its alot of time and effort to drive out there for a weekend, try to get some good hunting in and then head home. Earlier in the season is ok... but we like to maximize our time in the woods and you have a great chance of seeing deer all day in those first two weeks of November. Earlier in the season is more typical, morning and evening movents of deer.. We still sit all day, but the midday sightings are very minimal. If you are going out of state to hunt, why leave the stand for a couple hours to go eat lunch and then walk back in and get all sweaty and risk messing things up.. Another thing about hunting out of state you need to look into is what you are going to do with the deer if you get one.. We have two butchers where we hunt that usually can get the deer done pretty quick in archery season. Its good to have that planned out ahead of time or you may be stuck hangin your deer from a tree to cut it up or rushing back home to get it taken care of.
Also the trespassing laws are very strict compared to PA... so def know where you are.. if you read the game book when you get your license, you will get the idea, but it seems like you pretty much need written premission for any private property you step foot on, (posted or not)... so we tend to stay as far away as possible, because if you hit a deer and it goes onto private property, we never wanted to go through the hassle of tracking down the land owner and asking permission.
We also run into a decent amount of in state and out of state hunters, a lot of guys use climbers.. so when you are scouting.. keep that in mind.. you may find a killer spot, but someone else could know of that spot and be there when you get there, so always have backup places to go. It takes alot of preperation to have a nice enjoyable out of state hunt, especially for archery... but it sounds like you are on the right track.. Good luck
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