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#21 Male OFFLINE   3 Blade

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Posted 09/22/16 - 02:51 PM

I second what RGW said and will take it further and say you picked one of the most pressured states that has seen its herd drastically reduced in the last 5 years. Sorry if this comes across as not nice, just be being honest, if guys know where there are decent numbers of deer on public land they probably will not share that info on a public forum due to spot burn. Good luck this season.



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Posted 09/22/16 - 03:27 PM

I've hunted NE Pa each year for the last few years and seen more deer in a day than I do in 2 weeks here on public land. Now, to be fair, most of my hunting there is private land in rifle season but in bow season the public land I've been to hasn't been too crowded, is probably closer to you and I believe the non resident license is cheaper. The plentiful NJ deer herds of a decade ago have been reduced by more than half, not what it used to be anywhere.


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Posted 09/22/16 - 03:58 PM

Here's a list of public land.  Avoid areas with easy access and areas that stock pheasant.  

 

http://njfishandwild...om/huntland.htm



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Posted 09/23/16 - 07:26 PM

NJ is not unique in any way; we are one of dozens and dozens of states that saw an unsustainable deer herd that has been, by design, cut about in half from its peak in the late 90s.  Posters here, as you will quickly find out, typically base their opinions on when they started hunting.  Old timers like me (51 with 41 years deer hunting) will tell you that northern NJ had few deer when we began and then we watched as the herds grew and grew to a point where instead of not seeing more than a couple does in a full day's sit, we saw dozens and shot one early in the day (late 90s into the early 00s).  Now the numbers are somewhere between those of the 70s and those of the late 90s.  Sustainable for our forests, but not enough for many of the hunters that only know huge herd numbers from the fairly recent past.  

 

My guess is that NJ's reputation out of state remains one where everyone thinks we still have way too many, but that is not the case.  Ungulates (deer, caribou, moose, elk, mulies, etc.) grown larger the further north you go, but their numbers also decrease overall.  That is a biological fact that deer nerds like Rusty can confirm :)  So you may find NJ's deer numbers excellent when compared to NH's deer numbers.  Our individual experiences are what drive our opinions, and often facts have little to do with our arguments in this area.  Nothing right now is a hotter topic in hunting than the decrease in whitetail deer numbers in nearly all states that they exist.  NJ is no different....  


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Posted 09/23/16 - 07:53 PM

I started hunting in the late 80's about 88-89 and saw the herds of deer! In the 90's till now I've hunted at various WMA's Peaquest and Whittingham being the ones I hunted most, at whittingham during that time it was a common thing to see 30-40 plus deer in EVERY field at prime time! Same with peaquest, just tons of them but you could see the damage the deer where doing, there was no ground cover or any type of under brush, and the browse line was as clear as day, it was unreal. The numbers are way down now but there are still plenty to be found but now you gotta work for them! Would I like to see those numbers again? Hell yeah!! But I know it's not healthy for the deer or the woods, so I make do and still get my 2 a year, in some parts of the state on private land those numbers can still be found. But bucksnbows is right about this being better for both the deer and the woods, but still wouldn't mind a 3 deer limit!!lol
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Posted 09/24/16 - 07:53 PM

Well, a bit of advice for the OP: maybe you should go check the other site. I stopped in there today (yes, I admit it) to see what had been happening and see where numerous guys are killing big bucks on state land. One hunter claims his state land spots are loaded with big bucks, and another claims he always shoots big bucks on public land (and he has the pics of dead deer to prove it). So, it seems the public lands in North Jersey really are full of big bucks as a bunch of them have already been killed this year.

 

By the way, we have a few guys in South Jersey who claim to kill big bucks on public land every year too, but I know where they really come from and it ain't public. Not saying that is what is happening up north but...I know for a fact it is down here.  :pinocchio:


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Posted 09/24/16 - 09:15 PM

Well, a bit of advice for the OP: maybe you should go check the other site. I stopped in there today (yes, I admit it) to see what had been happening and see where numerous guys are killing big bucks on state land. One hunter claims his state land spots are loaded with big bucks, and another claims he always shoots big bucks on public land (and he has the pics of dead deer to prove it). So, it seems the public lands in North Jersey really are full of big bucks as a bunch of them have already been killed this year.
 
By the way, we have a few guys in South Jersey who claim to kill big bucks on public land every year too, but I know where they really come from and it ain't public. Not saying that is what is happening up north but...I know for a fact it is down here.  :pinocchio:

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