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MO public ground

Unread postby burtle » Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:36 am

I've never hunted out of state and this year I want to change that.

I'm about a hour north of downtown St.Louis.

With that being said does anyone have any advice on where I should start with hunting public ground in MO???

Any places you suggest staying away from?

Any places you suggest checking out?

I AM NOT asking for specific spots because that's obviously not going to work LOL

I'm just after some information and willing to listen to anything anyone has to say


Thanks in advance!


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Re: MO public ground

Unread postby burtle » Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:41 am

Anyone ?
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Re: MO public ground

Unread postby PK_ » Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:52 am

Bow or gun?

My suggestion would be stay away from STL. I would suggest staying south of i70 and north of SR60.

MO has gotten to be quite a zoo on public... I am done with it.
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Re: MO public ground

Unread postby justdirtyfun » Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:33 am

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Re: MO public ground

Unread postby thwack16 » Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:49 am

PK_ wrote:MO has gotten to be quite a zoo on public... I am done with it.


This. I am not done with it, but I’m heading elsewhere this fall. Atleast for my primary trip.

At $225, the barrier to entry is so small, that it’s attractive to everyone. Plus there’s a thread somewhere on the internet every week it seems. And some still haven’t learned to not post names of areas.
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Re: MO public ground

Unread postby justdirtyfun » Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:56 am

They are hitting Non-resident for $265. Not high enough to scare people away.
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Re: MO public ground

Unread postby burtle » Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:43 am

I would be bow hunting only
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Re: MO public ground

Unread postby burtle » Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:44 am

justdirtyfun wrote:Will pm you today




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Re: MO public ground

Unread postby Birddog00 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:52 am

I have hunted public in MO a few years back in the northern part of the state. We had decent hunting, but you will run into quite a few guys. We had to pattern guys as much as trying to find deer sign and pattern deer. We seen really nice bucks on every trip we made there, but I was not able to put one on the ground in the three years I hunted MO. I do know a lot more now than i did back then, but I've heard the pressure has gotten much worse also. Good luck!
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Re: MO public ground

Unread postby PK_ » Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:59 am

burtle wrote:I would be bow hunting only


Bow is not too bad, but def be ready to run into other guys at the key terrain features like saddles and other pinch points. But if you pick the right area there will be plenty of deer and a 2yo can easily go 115”+...

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Re: MO public ground

Unread postby rhagenw » Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:05 am

The rut and gun season is when most the guys will be in the woods but that also means late season deer are well educated...I have good luck on smaller pieces of public land
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Unread postby rhagenw » Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:07 am

Tons of river access/camping areas allow bow hunting...may be around 40 to 60 acres of hunting but you won’t have anyone walking by your stand
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Unread postby TN Whitetail Freak » Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:52 pm

I'll be making the trip up from TN this year, already got several CAs targeted. Now I have to decide if I want to drive up 5 hrs to scout the weekend or just to a freelance hunt. I'll be up Sept 18-20th then ill hit the last week of October then probably do a third trip week before rifle is my gameplan.
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Re: MO public ground

Unread postby 1STRANGEWILDERNESS » Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:52 am

I went out there twice when I was just out of high school. It was say 06-08 ish. My sack was in my boots by the end of both trips. Lived on Mountain Dew back then. Only had 4 or 5 days each time I went, seemed I never got on deer till the last day or two. Man did I see few deer, however when I did see one there were very good odds it was a buck and not just a little scrub rack. Lost a buck out there I feel would have went 160” :cry: I walked a lot and ran into hunters everywhere a few small overlooked spots were the ticket for our group. The one spot there was idk 1200 acres maybe and all but say 10 acres or so was north of the Parking lot. One guy sat right next to the parking lot in that lil sliver of woods and shot a bruiser. It seemed like every time you got so deep you thought you had the woods to yourself someone stood up and started waving their arms :lol:

Not to say don’t try to get to some deep remote area but it seems a lot of other tourist time deer hunters are thinking the same way. It was fun but I don’t really have any interest in going back personally. I’d I did Knowing what I know now, I think I’d go early as I doubt There’s much pressure then. Late oct-early NOV you can count on it.
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