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Solving the Public-Land Puzzle for Bowhunting Whitetails

Figuring out a piece of public land during a weeklong bowhunt is like solving a puzzle. Here's how to do it.

Solving the Public-Land Puzzle for Bowhunting Whitetails

Knowing when to make a move on a big public land buck involves developing and going with gut feelings. They’re not always right, but often they are. Photo courtesy of John Hafner

About 10-15 years ago, road-trip hunts on public land in faraway places were just gaining traction. Sure, some folks have been doing it — me included — longer than that, but it received little publicity until folks started realizing the potential.

Fast forward. Tune in to a few YouTube channels, and you’ll quickly find that hunting whitetails DIY style on public land is all the rage today. Everyone and their great uncle do it. But, there’s a difference between doing it and doing it well.

If adventure is your sole goal, all you need is your bow, a license and a good attitude. But if you want to find regular success on public land, you must approach it...

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