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Hi all!

I have been out the past 3 days with no luck. This is my first time hunting and I have been on heavily wooded public land. The problem with this is to get to the areas that I scouted and look good I have to walk on branches twigs and fallen leaves. I make so much noise that I can't see how any deer would come within 500 yards of me. I am wondering if there are any open fields open to public hunting?

Let me know.

Thanks!
 

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yes,there are some WMA's that have fields.from what I observed,at least in south jersey,those areas are hit even harder then the rest of the public land(easier access)
 

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Black River, Clinton the list goes on and on. Check all of your WMA, Land Trusts, Green Acres and your county commissions.
 

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Also check Hacklebarney, very close to you and good deer population. They have a couple of open fields.
For bow season, I prefer hunting heavy cover over trails, though. That way you know more precisely where the deer will be and can set up accordingly. It's frustrating having deer walking by you at 50-60 yards.
 

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I like the sound of this Hacklebarney. I have found its website and location, but does anyone have more information/ opinions about the fields there?

I am gonna make a trip tomorrow during the day to scout a little, but i would like to hear from others first. Thanks!
 

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Hey I am typing in Hackelbarney State Park on bing maps and I am seeing lots of open fields. It is just hard to tell what is part of the park and what isnt
 

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feilds are not part of the park at the hackle they are across the rd so walk down the street and find a funnel and go up that way there should be deer there is a field ant the 2nd sportsmens parking lot but i have never seen any thing come across it. it may be the third lot but prettty sure its number 2
 

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i walk in like you saide twigs break but i have never had a isue with it i use a climber set up and sometimes with in 15 min you see deer other times longer ods are you arent in a good area and if your seeing lots of sighn but no deer they are comeing thru after dark for the am you should be in your stand atleast 1/2 hr to 45 min before fist light
and for the pm you should be in your stand by 1pm
most of the am movement i see comes around 7-8am and the pm 4-5 pm and i hunt all public land when the rut heats up it pays to sit all day as the bucks are chaseing does and checking there scrapes
 
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