I am looking for some good advice from some seasoned hunters on public land. I currently do not have private land to hunt on since I moved just over a year ago. All of the the land I have to hunt on is public, and to make matters worse it is all at least 45 minutes away from my house. I currently hunt 2 different public lands, both managed by the same FWA in Eastern Indiana. Both spots feature primarily large CRP fields, while the larger of the two properties does have some crop fields. I will attach a couple links for aerial footage of both properties in case someone feels ambitious enough to look and give advice from them. I should mention these spots are located S and SE of Muncie, IN. (Wilbur Wright FWA and Modoc WMA)
One last thing for everyone who is looking for a quality laugh. While hunting the larger of the two areas last week, I decided that I would take a good friend hunting for the first time. We got out to this land and checked in over an hour before shooting light. When we got back to the area we chose to hunt, there was one other truck parked back there hunting a different woods across the road. I decided we should get about 1/2 mile away from the road and start to hunt some transition areas. While we were walking in we noticed a couple treestands set up without hunters in them. So we walked around them and set up about 100 yards away (keep in mind this is bow season). We noticed someone through the trees behind us was in a different treestand adn was flashing his light at us to let us know where he was, about 150 yards away. The morning progresses without seeing a single deer. As we started our walk back past the stands we noticed there was another stand setup less than 40yds away from that particular one. thinking nothing of it we continued on to the truck to leave. Upon arrival at the truck we noticed a note placed under the wiper that read, "Where you had your blind is next to two of my stands. I hunt everyday, find another area. You had to see me going to my stand and you ruined my long drive. Stay away, Thanks." Keep in mind that this is public land, my buddy and I were the first ones to arrive to hunt on this side of the road, it was more than an hour before shooting light (>1.5hours before sunrise), and we were all in dark camo. Just thought I would share this little note with everyone, just in case you were wondering if you were the only one that has ignorant people hunting the same grounds. Happy hunting to all.