By Steve Wall

Many hunters will go their whole life hunting for a trophy buck.  I may have killed the biggest buck of my life (and my first buck) at the age of 16.  I am still optimistic, at the age of 30, that I may have the opportunity to harvest a larger buck.  Times have changed and I am now hunting mostly public land, so you can see where my doubt of killing a larger buck comes in.  Now don’t get me wrong, I was extremely excited when I shot this deer and I still am; However, I may be more proud of my recent accomplishments on public land.  That is for another blog though so stay tuned for that!

This hunt takes us back to the year 2001.  My dad and I were hunting trophy managed land in Southwest Wisconsin.  I was going into my junior year of high school and still searching for my first buck.  While all of my friends were probably out having fun on the river during the summer, I was walking through the woods during many hot summer days.  Continue reading “Buck of a Lifetime: My first buck”

 

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By Steve Wall

As with many other hunters, I do a majority of my hunting every year on public land.  It can be very difficult deciding where to hunt on some of the larger tracts of land.  I have been very fortunate to have harvested three nice whitetail bucks the past three years on public land in Wisconsin.  I attribute this success to putting my time in the stand, a little bit of luck and most of all scouting.  The following tips will help no matter where you hunt, however good scouting is crucial on public land.

I begin almost all of my scouting looking at aerial photos from different websites.  Google Maps and Bing Maps are great places to start.  I like to look at the same location on both sites.  These maps have different imagery and I may see something on one site that I dont see on the other.  What am I looking for when I look at the aerial photos? Continue reading “Public Land Scouting: Choosing a stand site”