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#3038149 - 11/17/12 07:59 PM Re: huntin public [Re: Master Chief]
Bone Collector
14 Point

Registered: 09/09/09
Posts: 9646
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

yeah if there is a good one dont think your the only one that knows about it. be there EARLY!
Semper Fidelis!

There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.
General James Mattis

#3038264 - 11/17/12 09:18 PM Re: huntin public [Re: Master Chief]
6 Point

Registered: 10/26/11
Posts: 788
Loc: morgan/roane/cumberland co.lin...

Public land hunters can be morons, but not this time.
Cat Time

#3038280 - 11/17/12 09:45 PM Re: huntin public [Re: Wompuscat]
4 Point

Registered: 09/24/11
Posts: 164
Loc: LaVergne, TN

I try to get there super early, sometimes I will see someone in the parking lot or near the road. When that happens we normally talk about which direction we are going so we don't hunt on top of each other. You always have to have a backup plan when you hunt public land.
#3038305 - 11/17/12 10:04 PM Re: huntin public [Re: Josiah]

Registered: 09/20/12
Posts: 25
Loc: Tn

and keep in mind, that if a dominant deer is shot in an area, another one will quickly take over his area. Plus this time of year, you never know when a different monster will cruise by that youve never seen.
#3038434 - 11/18/12 04:50 AM Re: huntin public [Re: airdawg11]
8 Point

Registered: 08/22/03
Posts: 1264
Loc: Kingston

Pattern the hunters and not the deer, then hunt the escape routes. Let other hunters send the deer to you.
Become one with nature, then marinate it.

#3038452 - 11/18/12 05:53 AM Re: huntin public [Re: jetwrnch]
10 Point

Registered: 08/09/08
Posts: 3296
Loc: SouthWest TN

Ha! I had a group of 7 atv's slowly cruise by my stand at 4:50pm last night.
Thts just part of it sometimes. It used to bother me when stuff like that happens but i guess i've mellowed a bit with age.
There will be other days and other deer.

#3038681 - 11/18/12 09:10 AM Re: huntin public [Re: BlackBelt]
16 Point

Registered: 01/13/03
Posts: 10574
Loc: Warren Co

In much of the public land areas I hunt we COUNT on other hunters to move deer to us.

As long as I don't have bullets whizzin by me, other people in the woods doesn't bother me.

Now the jackwagons who don't scout, just follow you in and hijack your spots, that is annoying.
If you can't trust people with freedom, how can you trust them with power ?

#3038687 - 11/18/12 09:13 AM Re: huntin public [Re: BlackBelt]
8 Point

Registered: 09/22/12
Posts: 1714
Loc: Nashville

Yea, we get ticked off at people for walking in on us, driving four wheelers, and everything. We are spoiled as hunters, lol, i wish the world would shut down for at least a week so i could hunt in peace. Other folks dont understand it, they think its 'not that big of a deal' , they are wrong. I know how you feel though, with my luck the one time, literally, that i got in late, someone was in my spot and killed one from it. Hunters always have to be on top of their game if they expect to hunt public land and kill big deer. You have to take all the precautions to get the big deer on public land
Corpsman Up!

#3039968 - 11/19/12 08:07 AM Re: huntin public [Re: MattR]

Registered: 09/28/03
Posts: 26196
Loc: Spring Hill, TN

They're your deer when you pay the land tax, and then only nominally. Public land is where I hunt exclusively as well, and my only defense against finding someone in my targeted area before me is to get up MUCH earlier than I want to (ugh), and to have a working knowledge of several areas, providing me with Plan B-E.

But what helps me MOST is that I have a network of TNDeer friends who are great men, and we share information about locations, sightings, harvests, and newly scouted areas. I only killed one deer last year, but that network has made my hunting more enjoyable now than it has been for years.
Some hunt for racks, some hunt for roasts. I hunt for sheer joy; the aforementioned items are merely fringe benefits.

#3040010 - 11/19/12 08:30 AM PSA - Natchez Trace and ATVs [Re: DEERDOWN]
14 Point

Registered: 11/30/00
Posts: 7579
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

If anyone here knows someone that hunts Natchez Trace and takes an ATV with them, ask them if they've got their $2,500 fine money saved up if they take them off the maintained roads. There seems to be some hunters that can't read. I've made it my business to be an unpaid Nark of epic proportions when it comes to this. If you can't physically get a deer out with your back, don't shoot it. There isn't a road that is open that requires an ATV. Grow up and follow the rules or pay the fine. It's that simple. I understand there is a designated ATV area somewhere on the south side of I-40. If you can't stand the thought of deer hunting without using your ATV, hunt down on the ATV course.

To those with disabilities, this was not aimed at you.

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