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

Registered: 12/10/10
Posts: 627
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: 3662
Loc: chattanooga

If it's a questionable shot you do what you have to do regardless of location.
it's a long way to the top if ya wanna rock 'n' roll

#2892085 - 07/31/12 07:52 PM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: ghosthunter]

Registered: 11/06/07
Posts: 29515
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
Work to live, Live to hunt

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

Registered: 12/11/10
Posts: 5808
Loc: Dallas, TX & Signal Mtn, TN

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Would I feel comfortable? Heck no!

Would I be the first one in the area come first light? Heck yes!
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#2892156 - 07/31/12 08:27 PM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: easy45]
10 Point

Registered: 02/04/06
Posts: 3724
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: 12896
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.
It doesn't have to be fun to be fun.

Wild & crazy, can't be stopped. Only the strong will survive.

Keep your knife sharp and your skillet greasy.

#2892357 - 07/31/12 10:47 PM Re: Over Night on Public Land [Re: Poser]
6 Point

Registered: 02/25/06
Posts: 964
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: 16784
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: 738
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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