I have access to private land, but its all a matter of convenience. I live pretty deep in the suburbs, and this public land is only 20 minutes away. Much closer than the 45 minute drive to the private land. 20 minutes is close enough I can go hunt after classes, even deep into November despite the short light hours. The deer are much more prevalent on the private land, but then again so are the bears and occasional wolf. No sign of any predators on the public land, and despite less deer and more hunters, the added challenge is a little fun. Its not the easiest. I'm not going to be only shooting 140+'ers. Ill take 1 deer, if that, all year long. But itll be fun, and worth it. Fair chase at its best, man.