"Catoosa is one of the more popular public hunting areas in the state for big deer," according to Ratajczak. Antler restrictions at the Cumberland Plateau site have limited the harvest for the past 10 years to bucks with at least four points on one antler, and four gun hunts with 2,500 permits each help limit hunting pressure. Last year, 75 percent of bucks harvested were 2 1/2 years or older. "There are lots of older bucks walking around Catoosa," Ratajczak says, and due to intense use of prescribed burns by land managers, "there are a lot of open areas to see them in." Archery permits are unlimited, and chances are good that you'll get drawn for a gun hunt the first year; if not, the second year is practically guaranteed.