dan wrote:I DID NOT READ THE RESPONSES, But will answer your original question. Hunt where ever you want its public. If I had a permanent stand on a piece we shared I would not blame you for hunting next to it if we did not have any agreement.
With that said though, if your scouting is leading you to other peoples stands, crowded density or not, your probably not looking in the right areas. Most of the guys I know whom are highly successful on pressured land are successful cause they hunt the 10% of the land that everyone else over looks.
I agree with this 100%. I have not killed yet on public land but everything i have found scouting puts the big bucks out of range of permanent stands i scout past.
One of my most recent scouts i was following a well used buck trail on a thick transition line from a scraping area to bedding areas, kinda secluded, the trail suddenly start fading and splitting in multiable trails off this edge. It really made me think
, WHY, so i broke of the trail in the open woods within 60 yards or so was a new looking double ladder stand. I was just asuming the bucks where busting off this trail when they detected hunter presents and skirtted the area unseen through super thick cover! I was right!! I have seen this time and time again when scouting!
My ethics are if there there first, i give them there space, if not its mine to hunt! Some people are just rude and think they can do what they want to but thats just the way it is on public. If i got to deal with somebody i just would rather go else where!