Hunting whitetails is always a challenge — no matter the location. But hunting them on public land often adds increased obstacles that deer hunters on private land rarely need to worry about. More deer hunters, small-game and bird hunters, hikers, dog-walkers and others come and go as they please on many public properties, as is their right to. All of this human activity adds up to put a lot of pressure on deer, and can diminish the odds of successfully filling a tag. Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom, because there is plenty of good hunting to be found on public lands.