Why Register?Signing up could earn you gear (click here to learn how)! It also keeps offensive content off our site.
Welcome to Field & Stream!
Enter your email address to get our new post everyday.
April 25, 2008
BuckTracker: The Well-Traveled Hunter?
By Scott Bestul
I hunt mainly within 30 min. of home. Il has all the deer i need and good public land. I might go hunt out of state for something besides deer. But i dont need to leave this state to get a wall hanger. I lie to hunt public land because of the abundance of different spots so why would I go somewhere that i have to scout all over again.
I'm a stay at home hunter - mule deer in Oregon (Just moved to Idaho, so next year will stay at home in Idaho). The cost of out of state tags keeps me in state. I'd love to go to Montana or Colorado, Nevada, or Texas. But really, both Oregon and Idaho have been so good to me, I don't know that I really need to go out of state.As a side note - Uffta, I'm so happy to have found another Norwegian hunter!
IF out of state tags didn't cost so much, I may consider hunting another state. But, the Wolverine State has everything I need when it comes to deer hunting. Michigan will always be my "home" state for whitetails.
I hunt in ohio 3-4 times a year driving up from fla. I bought a cabin up there now with the gas price i might only get up there once for deer i wanted to try this springs turkey hunt ,but the gas prices are to steep could not get any one to go with me , nobody has any extra cash . i have also hunted massachuttes .
I grew up hunting E. Texas. For the longest, I didn't think there were deer anywhere else!My dad and grandad had a lease in an adjoining county. There was a sign at the county line that read: "The deerest county in Texas!", and it was pretty much true. All my buddies at school envied my hunting location. Since then, I have relocated to the next state north. There are more, larger, deer here than I ever saw in the "deerest" county! Since I hunt mostly just for the pleasure of getting out and hunting, I don't wander far. To me, a deer hunting expedition terminates in the next county to the east! I have had invites to go back to Texas and hunt, but, on my limited income, (I am retired!) I prefer to remain in my home state and spend my money on various and sundry hunting accoutrements, which the wife really doesn't mind! (Thank you, Lord, for an understanding woman!)At some time in the future, I may wander back to Texas for a hunt, but for the mean time, it's the home state only!Bubba
I have lived in Ohio for nine years but grew up hunting in western Pennsylvania and still visit the same camp each opening day. It's a 5-hour drive and the tag is not cheap but the friendships and camaraderie are well with it.I have yet to hunt deer in Ohio. - Lots of competition in northwest Ohio and not many wood lots, but I may have found a place to try next fall…The price of gas is not making the thought of long distance hunting trips any easier either.
I'm only 25, so I'm a stay at home kinda, I have crossed in to North Carolina but thats like a half hour drive, other than that I stay right here in the Old Dominion, the public land is good, and I have a total of 85 acres of private land I have access to ranging from 30-40 min drive to a 3 hour drive, with somewhere like 30 or 40 WMA in between, so I'd say ol virginia is where I'm gonna stay for awhile, and my wallet thanks me!
I make one major trip a year to hunt deer. The rest is all around home.
I live in NJ and do not hunt here. I typically hunt in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Kansas every year.Setting Deer aside I hunt Alaska and out west (MT/WY) every year for other stuff.I think, when limiting to deer you might find people staying close to home, but when you add, Antelope, Elk, and others you will find that people will travel for those.....
My grandparents own prime farmland almost exactly 60 miles from my home, but it is still in North Dakota.Nate
I am one of those homebodies. Most of my hunts are within 5 minutes of my home. Ohio DNR has done a nice job of managing our herd, and I don't feel the need to travel elsewhere. Plus I might have to ask the wife for permission, and we all know how painful that can be!
Mike P.Perhaps one of the reasons you see so few deer hunters in da U.P. is dat dere are so few deer up dere. I suppose ya saw more moose than deer, eh?
While there is a substantial deer herd in my home state of Ill , my son and I travel to the U.P. of Michigan where we have family and life-long friends to hunt with. We spend a long weekend in October bow hunting and catching up on work details at our camp. My brother and nephew carry the bulk of the work all year round. There is never enough time. We then spend the first week of the rifle season in November. A muzzle loading trip in December is often on the agenda as well. A good trip is one where we never see another hunter other than the ones from our camp. Our time spent with family and friends is of a quality that can't be duplicated.
Fieldandstream.com is part of the Field & Stream Network, a division of Bonnier Corporation.
Copyright © 2012 Bonnier Corp. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.