I know what you mean about loosing your good spot on public land. I had my best spot ever, a text book pinch point. NO ONE knew about it. Then, a local kid turned it into his personal Quad track. Really pissed me off. After 4 or 5 years of that, he stopped. Then I noticed hunter after hunter parked there. The secret was out. Game over for me.
I have taken 99% of my deer on public land. I try to go where I see the least amount of activity, such as cars parked etc. Deer sightings are far and few, but I get opportunity every year. Where I bow hunt for deer, there are also pheasant hunters, waterfowl hunters and small game hunters. I find its important to learn as much of the land as possible. Walk the borders; learn the thick, the high, the low, as much as you can.
I typically have 5 stands per state forest (about 800 2500 ac per). One thing Ive learned, go with your gut. When you feel its time to move a stand
move it. State land deer are very keen. They pick up on habits very quick. They also remember year to year to my amazement. You need to be able to adapt to conditions, pressure, seasonal changes etc. My experience tells me a climber is the best way to go on state land, but as I get older, the hang on sure makes it more enjoyable during the total dark entrance/exit.
I truly believe my bow hunting skills have flourished because of my dependence on state land. On the rare opportunities I have had on private land, I tag a deer fairly quick. My friends, who have private land, have never been successful on state land, and they have tried for sure
.many times. Also, I dont typically travel to far in
usually within a ½ mile.