The deal is: if you set a stand on public land you could have someone legally sitting in it when you get there. For public hunting the best advice is take your stand in with you and get it set up early. Also, take the stand down each night there-after to prevent theft. This would be for archery hunting as I would ground hunt public land anyways for gun season. For public hunting think where the deer will try to get to and be there. The big bucks will be heading for the thickest cover. Get back off the roads, most hunters are hunting with-in 1/4 mile of roads so go in deeper, look for funnels, pinch points, elevated ground to see a low area, swamps ect. Be patient as the deer will take longer to filter into you. Good luck and watch the wind!
Last edited by Hunting Man; 11-19-2012 at 11:34 PM.