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Tactics to Take Older Public Land Deer Day 4: Take a Public Land Deer of a Lifetime

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Editor’s Note: To take one mature whitetail buck from public-hunting lands is a major accomplishment. But to consistently take older-age-class bucks on public lands in several states year after year, you must have an extraordinary game plan. To take a buck with a composite score of 179 inches (the composite score uses the Boone and Crockett scoring system, which includes the number of inches between the main beams, and an official Buckmaster score of 163 inches that doesn’t include the number of inches between the main beams and only scores the amount of antlers that the public land deer carries is a super accomplishment. So, Jacob Lamar of Athens, Alabama’s Kentucky buck is a buck of a lifetime.

In the last almost two decades while hunting public lands in Illinois, Jacob has taken, nine older-age-class bucks. In 2015, he harvested a buck in Kentucky that scored 179 inches. He took two bucks in Tennessee off the same 70 acres – one scoring 138 inches and a second buck scoring 157-4/8 inches. I wanted to know what hunting tactics Jacob had developed to take these big deer on public-hunting lands. Here Jacob tells us in his own words his public-land hunting strategies.

My brother, Adam, and I were looking for a different challenge after hunting public lands in Alabama and spending quite a few years hunting public lands in Illinois in the Shawnee National Forest. So, in 2015, Adam and I with four of our friends decided to hunt public land in Kentucky for several reasons. We had read about and heard about the trophy bucks Kentucky had been producing. Kentucky was also a shorter drive from Athens, Alabama, my home, than to Illinois, and the out-of-state deer licenses were less expensive in Kentucky.

During the summer of 2015, our original plan was to check out two or three public-hunting areas in Kentucky, hoping to find older-age-class bucks for the opening day of Kentucky’s archery season in early September. During the spring and summer, we studied topographical maps and aerial photos from Google Earth of the Land Between the Lakes (LBL) property in Kentucky. Each member of our six-man hunting party had certain places to check out on each one of the three public-hunting areas we planned to scout.

On our first scouting trip in July, I pinpointed a long soybean field deep in the woods on LBL, and a smaller soybean field right behind the big field. I liked this spot, because the big soybean field was about 2-miles from any access road, and the smaller soybean field was behind the big field. I felt certain that most hunters wouldn’t be willing to walk that far to reach either one of these soybean fields, because there were a lot of agricultural fields much easier to go to on LBL lands.

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When we first arrived at LBL, we spent all morning just driving through the property. It was much larger than we ever had imagined. Everyone in the group had chosen various places they wanted to scout to hunt on LBL. On that first scouting trip, we located three different bachelor groups of bucks. The group that we found on the little soybean field behind the long soybean field that I was serious about scouting was phenomenal. We planned to stay well away from the soybean field and just glass the agriculture with our binoculars. Our group liked to scout together, and Adam, who was taller than the other five of us, was out in front. He stopped quickly, turned around and whispered, “A buck that will score 170 inches and five-other bucks are out in that little soybean field.” I knew that neither Adam nor I ever had seen a buck that would score 170, except on television.

As we moved up to where Adam was, we could see five bucks. I estimated two of the bucks would score in the 130s, and another one would score in the mid-140s. There were some smaller bucks, but I didn’t see any buck that I thought would come close to scoring 170 inches. We kept watching those bucks, but we didn’t see the big buck, until the wind shifted. Then one of the bucks smelled us, and the bucks started moving out of the field. The big buck had been standing behind some brush, so we hadn’t seen him. When he walked out into the field, we knew that Adam was telling the truth about the big buck.

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