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#2892059 - 07/31/12 07:40 PM Over Night on Public Land
6 Point

Registered: 12/10/10
Posts: 613
Loc: Wilson Co.

The other thread about leaving deer over night and coming back the next morning to get them got me wondering.

Would you feel comfortable leaving the buck of a lifetime laying overnight on public land if you made a questionable shot? I guess it doesn't have to be a big buck... what about a doe or a small buck???

I will be doing some public land hunting this year and am wondering what you guys think.

#2892068 - 07/31/12 07:45 PM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: cozy23]
10 Point

Registered: 11/30/04
Posts: 3659
Loc: chattanooga

If it's a questionable shot you do what you have to do regardless of location.
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#2892085 - 07/31/12 07:52 PM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: ghosthunter]

Registered: 11/06/07
Posts: 29373
Loc: Chester County

 Originally Posted By: ghosthunter
If it's a questionable shot you do what you have to do regardless of location.

I agree with this
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#2892147 - 07/31/12 08:23 PM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: easy45]
12 Point

Registered: 12/11/10
Posts: 5739
Loc: Dallas, TX & Signal Mtn, TN

Would I feel comfortable? Heck no!

Would I be the first one in the area come first light? Heck yes!
“The more I read and the more I listen, the more apparent it is that our society suffers from an alarming degree of public ignorance” - Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

#2892156 - 07/31/12 08:27 PM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: easy45]
10 Point

Registered: 02/04/06
Posts: 3677
Loc: Rockwood,Tn.

I don't like leaving any deer overnight although some times you are forced too. We left a doe one night. The temp. was 9 degree when we finally quit at around 10 p.m. We found her next day frozen stiff.
#2892232 - 07/31/12 09:01 PM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: Matador]
Mud Dauber
16 Point

Registered: 07/28/10
Posts: 12876
Loc: Tennessee

I've left a buck over night on public land before. You definitely want to be there first thing in the morning. In fact, I arrived an hour before first light just to inform anyone else if what area I would be looking in the hopes of not screwing up their hunt. Though, as it played out, it was pouring down rain, so it was not an issue.
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#2892357 - 07/31/12 10:47 PM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: Poser]
6 Point

Registered: 02/25/06
Posts: 956
Loc: Johnson City

It would be eaten by bear if it was left in my spot overnight.
#2892397 - 08/01/12 01:02 AM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: holstonangler]
16 Point

Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 16587
Loc: Franklin TN

I would sleep in the truck and get up at first light or earlier... I have slept in public land before on turkey hunts... although it would have to be planned if the weather was cold, because I would need a lot of blankets....
Haven't been this excited about deer season

...since last deer season

#2892417 - 08/01/12 04:44 AM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: catman529]
horn master
10 Point

Registered: 07/24/01
Posts: 3654
Loc: Winchester,TN

I will never do it again!
#2892639 - 08/01/12 10:20 AM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: horn master]
6 Point

Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 727
Loc: Here

I feel the same on public land as I would on private. You owe it to the deer to do your best in finding it and rushing through the woods is not the way to go.
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#2892656 - 08/01/12 10:40 AM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: ghosthunter]

Registered: 08/01/07
Posts: 44794
Loc: Just North of Chatt-town

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 Originally Posted By: ghosthunter
If it's a questionable shot you do what you have to do regardless of location.

Yep, but I'd be right back there at first light tho to begin the search! ;\)

Amateurs: Built the Ark

Professionals: Built the Titanic

#2892837 - 08/01/12 01:38 PM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: redheadshooter]

Registered: 12/05/03
Posts: 27608
Loc: TN

Location doesnt matter if the situation calls for it!! Dont leave until dark, and be back at daylight the next morning, should eliminate most chance of being found and stolen. The predator problem will be there regardless of public or private ground.
#2893177 - 08/01/12 06:59 PM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: redheadshooter]
4 Point

Registered: 09/24/11
Posts: 382
Loc: humphreys county

To many yotes in my areas to leave over nite
#2901796 - 08/09/12 02:54 PM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: parkerxbowhunter]
Spikes Tactical
8 Point

Registered: 01/11/10
Posts: 1142
Loc: Greer, South Carolina

When I lived in Michigan I had to leave one over night. I was back there before first light - two other vehicles where in the public parking area. I told the 3 guys hunting what I was doing and apologized if I stumbled upon them and messed up their hunt.

Two of the guys actually helped me track and recover my deer.
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” -- Robert Frost

#2902309 - 08/10/12 01:11 AM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: Spikes Tactical]
4 Point

Registered: 07/31/12
Posts: 143
Loc: tn

As stated already. probably would leave it and return at first light and warn anyone I seen that might be hunting that area.
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