Philosophies Of Deer Hunting

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If, like me, you are fortunate enough to be able to hunt quality public land for whitetail deer throughout the Midwest and other areas throughout the country, you know the excitement and thrill that it can provide. I’m sure you are questioning my choice of words for the opening statement. I assure you I meant what I said. “Fortunate” and “public land” do not find themselves in the same sentence very often. Public land gets a bad rap, sometimes it is deserved and other times it certainly is not. We are certainly fortunate to have such a valuable resource available to us sportsman. Those who have taken the time and put in the work that’s required to hunt public land know this first hand.
Public land can make any hunter want to put down
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I am not saying that gun hunter’s ideas are wrong and that archery hunter’s ideas are right, or the other way around. I am just encouraging hunters to think outside of the box and use what they know to their advantage. Rifle hunters can simply take the information given in this article and information they have gathered and do the exact same thing. For those who hunt public land with a bow during rifle season, those who hunt after their states gun season ends or those who hunt heavily pressured land, we can learn from these different philosophies and use that knowledge to our …show more content…
This is the Achilles heel of public land and an argument that someone always tries to point out. They all say, “There are too many gun hunters on public land spooking all the deer.” In some cases they might be right, but they are wrong in most cases. With research you can find public land that is not heavily hunted. Where others see a problem, some see an opportunity. If you didn’t know this already, guns are not the only weapon you can hunt deer with! Just because the masses may take to the field on opening day of gun season in November, it doesn’t mean the woods will be standing room only come September 1st. Archery hunters on public lands are only a fraction of rifle hunters that hunt public land. In many states archery hunters have two full months of hunting free of gun hunters. This is a perfect opportunity to get in the woods and tag an early season whitetail. If you are currently a gun hunter, I would encourage you to try your hand at bow hunting. It is a great opportunity to learn a new skill and it will no doubt make you a better hunter.
Every hunter knows that bullets fly farther than arrows. Because of this, hunters using these weapons hunt deer in different ways. Both with different ideas about how to go about tagging their buck. An archery hunter needs his buck to be within close range in order to shoot, but a rifle hunter has much more room to

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