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Old 01-13-2018, 08:56 AM   #1
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So this yr. I am at the fence. I am currently on a lease. I have been on some sort of lease for at least the last 16 yrs or so. Age is creeping up on me.

I can say my leases have been more fail then wins. Just not many animals more so deer etc. The lease I am on just does not have much deer. Plenty of everything else, hogs, turkeys, varmints, waterfowl etc.

I have spun this thought around and have gone back and forth. I have thought of just quitting the lease part and trying public land or draw hunts.

For those of you that gave up on private lease and went to public what are your thoughts? Yeah I have heard of the nightmares, people everywhere, stealing stuff etc. I just keep thinking with bummed leases I have been on, I really do not have something to lose.

Before anyone says why don't you look at a package hunt that you would spend on a lease. I would not get much in a package,more so antlers.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:00 AM   #2
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Well, I'll be venturing back out to public again this year. If you're committed and put in the scouting time you can be successful. Good luck !!
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:06 AM   #3
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I'd be thinking about all the other animals you see on your lease that are game. If the lease allows hunting them, you might be kicking yourself if you have less opportunity at all game when you were disappointed about one of the many things you can hunt. I try to think in terms of efficiency, depending on what your lease costs vs the gas to drive to all the public places for different game animals, time it'll take to scout those new areas befoee you're hopefully successful, etc. Just something to consider.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:26 AM   #4
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You may go years without getting drawn.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:29 AM   #5
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Why don’t you do both? Keep your lease, apply for any draw hunts, if you don’t need get drawn you still have a place to hunt?
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:47 AM   #6
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Why donít you do both? Keep your lease, apply for any draw hunts, if you donít need get drawn you still have a place to hunt?
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:51 AM   #7
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I can tell you hunting public gets tuffer with age. Packing everything in and out, trying to get to spots where no one else is, packing game out. It's much tuffer the older I get, every year now. It's becoming a young man's game. I always hunted it because I could not afford a lease most of my life.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!

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Old 01-13-2018, 09:54 AM   #8
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Why donít you do both? Keep your lease, apply for any draw hunts, if you donít need get drawn you still have a place to hunt?


This would be my route in your position. I would rather have a place to go sit in a stand and not see anything than not have a place to go.

I hunted on family property for at least 15 years never seeing a deer I could shoot. Killed hogs and varmints but no deer. I wouldnít trade that for the luck of a draw. I donít know about you but my luck plain sucks.

Good luck with your decisions


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Old 01-13-2018, 03:21 PM   #9
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Well, public is not easy. My dad is gaining a little age and he doesn't have the drive he used to. All the things you mentioned are true, sometimes it sucks. You just have to want it. If you don't really want it, you might as well keep the lease to hangout.

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Old 01-13-2018, 05:42 PM   #10
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What are you hunting for? Just to hunt or a trophy? It sure is nice to have a place go and get out in the country. I am blessed that I have a family farm to go hunt. Not very productive but I see animals and shoot one every now and then. If I get the trophy itch I go on a paid hunt which cost about the same as a lease and feed bill for a year.

So if you are just there for the hunt go public and get outdoors. If you get the trophy itch, whether it be deer or exotic use what you spend on a lease for that.

Good luck
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