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Whitetail Deer: 4 P's You Need to Consider

Hunters must decide if they are going to seek their venison on private or public land, and then whether to use portable or permanent stands – or both. (Ron Sinfelt photo)
Hunters must decide if they are going to seek their venison on private or public land, and then whether to use portable or permanent stands – or both. (Ron Sinfelt photo)

Will you hunt private land or public, and will your deer stands be permanent or portable? Those are the four P's you'll need to ponder for whitetail deer

Early season bowhunters across the country are faced with the same basic dilemmas as we enter the 2017 deer hunting season.

Among many other variables of the sport, hunters must decide if they are going to seek their venison on private or public land, and then whether to use portable or permanent stands – or both!

There are pros and cons to each element but experienced hunters will recognize the positives and avoid the negatives, hopeful of ending the season with a fine trophy for the wall and a freezer full of meat.

Here’s a look at each of the “Four P’s” and how they can be used to advantage this fall.

Private Land

It’s generally accepted among hunters that private land is the place to be for the best odds in deer hunting, and in most cases that is correct.

Gaining access to privately owned land usually means less competition, more freedom, the ability to manage the property by creating food plots and travel lanes to attract, hold and direct deer, while having unlimited access to every acre.

Also on the plus side, hunters using private property can place their stands anywhere they like and keep them there for the duration of the season. They can hunt any time they choose without worrying about other activities interfering with their hunt or other hunters showing up unexpectedly.

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