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Adjust Your Schedule
Don't sugarcoat reality as you explore
public hunting opportunities. Tell your
apprentice to expect hunting pressure.
After the frankness it's time to review
evasive tactics. Begin with the early-bird
idiom. Instruct her to set her alarm for at
least an hour earlier than a normal hunting
departure would warrant. Not only does
this leave a discouraging clue at a parking
area that someone is ahead, but you can
push beyond the habitual hunting area of
the masses. The strategy is to circle wide
and set up in a pinch point where fleeing wildlife may pass as the crowds begin
marching into the woods an hour later.
Midweek hunts also unlock prospects
for less crowded hunting lands. Tradition
dictates a Monday-Friday work schedule.
But with more of the workforce working
from home it's a good approach to work
a Saturday and take off a Wednesday to
hunt.
Also convey the fact that opening weekend tends to be a free-for-all.

There's nothing wrong with jumping into
the hunting fray, but if meeting fewer
hunters is your goal, planning to hunt
public lands the last half of the season
may be the answer. It's not at all uncommon for hunting excitement to fade as
the closing days near.

Outthink the Competition
Stress to your pupil that going the extra
mile literally separates you from more
than 70 percent of out-of-shape Americans. Navigate toward the most rugged
terrain and you may never see another
soul on public ground. Rocky slopes,
steep canyons and a track through thick
briars can equal lonely hunting benefits.
Water similarly serves as a great
divider. Rivers, wetlands and swiftmoving streams signify a roadblock to
many. However, comprehensive scouting and planning may reveal safe passage.
A downed log upstream could offer a
hidden crossing. Pack in a pair of hip
boots to wade across a stream. Paddle

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an inflatable raft across a body of water
to create separation powers.
Finally, educate your hunter on the
importance of borders. Sure, he shouldn't
trespass, but more importantly, explain
why private, adjacent borders represent
safety for many game species and how the
flow of game between properties offers
additional chances for success. Public
lands that adjoin private croplands or other
attractions deserve attention, especially
those in remote corners away from easy
access. In addition to pointing out these
promising peripheries, be sure to inform
newbies that even a well-placed shot can
allow an animal to run an additional 200
yards or more before expiring. Setting an
ambush allowing safe space to the line can
aid in avoiding a stressful recovery.
Public lands get an undeserved bad
rap in many hunting circles. Nevertheless, with ingenious schooling you can
launch a new hunter down the road to
savvy practices for successful public-land
outings. ah

Photos: Author

Take a virtual tour of public areas with
the Google Earth or the OnXmaps or
HuntStand app to show your new hunter
the lay of the land. Then take a few preseason hours to confirm your findings
firsthand. onxmaps.com, huntstand.com


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