hey guys (& gals),
Running out of time on my lunch break but wanted to chime in. I hunt public land in Jackson Co. just outside of Millston, heavy pine woods with little food. The last 5 years have been real sparse, this year we saw 3 and harvested one on opening weekend but a very slow opening weekend nonetheless. No hunters, not many deer, didn't hear much shooting.
Flip side of that, I just relocated to the southwestern part of the state in Lafayette Co.. - In-laws farm as well as everyone else in the area. I received permission to hunt the land out there and within 30 minutes ( on Monday) of getting to my blind I took a nubby. I then took a doe the next time I went out and saw two nice bucks out of range. We're currently watching a dozen or so for next year.
My point is I'm really torn on herd population. Jackson Co used to rate in the top 10 counties, I haven't checked this year but we didn't see much. Scouting revealed it should have been a good area, good sign, bedding, water, shelter, etc.... What to do now, hunt farm land or head up north with the boys.... I'll keep you posted.