I see a lot of lifelong public land hunters complain on social media about how private landowners have it so easy when it comes to hunting. Unless you own thousands of continuous acres there are most of the same obstacles.
I have lived on and hunted the same 80 acres my entire life. We planted 65 of those in pines 25 or so years ago to create a better hunting experience. I also manage these trees, plant food plots, and plant various other trees every year. The point is that a lot of work and time goes into this land every year.
This image is from the opening morning of the Wisconsin rifle season. This guy bought this land about 15 years ago, a small sliver of the 80 on the other side of the fence line. He built this stand and uses our forest as a bullet stop making it dangerous and difficult to hunt when he is there. Keep in mind this is only one side of the property. There are stands on all adjoining sides of our property shooting deer as they come out of our tree plantation but this particular stand is 80 yards from my stand which has been there since he bought this property.
All of this is mostly out of my control, just like public land. The part that bugs me the most is the work that I put in trying to manage the heard and this guy drives out to the stand 7:30 opening morning and at 7:40 shot a 2.5-year-old 6 pointer that I let go by at 7:20.
Yes, there are perks, I can manage the land, plant food plots etc.... but just like public land you have people doing dangerous stuff like shooting into the unknown, coming and going as they please, and shooting whatever they want making it very difficult to manage the deer heard.
The point is to respect other hunters whether they are hunting public or private land. It all has its challenges and benefits. Private land is not a guaranteed successful hunt!
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Contemporary 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3
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