if this helps you out any, i hunt the Daniel Boone here. i have seen my biggest bucks on public land compared to farms around here. yes, the hunting is really tough on public land. But one thing i've noticed is the buck to doe ratio is better, mainly because a'lot of the hunters round here shoot the first deer they see.. normally a doe. if your looking for a way to bag a big buck in early September. I've had lots of luck sitting at ponds when its really hot. you would be really surprised on what big bucks are lurking in the public land here! i hope that i helped you out!