For many, the thought of hunting public land sends icy shivers down their spine. They’ve heard stories of truck windows being shot out and fights over competing claims for dead deer. For others, it’s a great opportunity to cover countless acres and enjoy the excitement and adventure public land has to offer.
Across our Nation, millions of acres of public land are set aside for sportsman to enjoy. We should enjoy that land, too, because our hard earned license fees and tax dollars contribute to the costs of maintaining that ground.
But problems arise when hunters treat public land like a freshman frat house, checking their courtesy and consideration at the front door and dumping their junk wherever they go. In order for the whole concept of public land hunting to work properly, it means every hunter—starting with you and me—has got to make it his first priority to abide by the rules of common decency when utilizing public spaces. Here are 10 public land deer hunting tips that every hunter must live by.
<h2> Leave Your Guts Off The Beaten Path</h2>Mike Wefer, who works for the <a href="http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Illinois Department of Natural Resources</a>, said some of the biggest problems with public land hunting could be avoided if everyone exercised a little bit of common sense about what they do with their gut piles. <p> “Every year we have people processing deer at our check stations after they close for the evening,” Wefer said. “They use our gambrels and end up leaving a big mess for someone else to clean up. We also have people calling about hunters who have left gut piles in parking lots.” <p> Nobody wants to pull into a parking lot to see or smell a ripe gut pile. <p> The same goes for boning out an animal and leaving the carcass behind. Cheryl Trewella, a wildlife conservation officer in Pennsylvania, said they often receive complaints about people leaving the entire deer carcass behind after removing the meat. If you decide to bone out your deer in the field, make sure you properly dispose of the remaining carcass.