I plan on hunting AEP’s land in a few weeks for deer/gun. I have never been there before. Are there tree stands? Where is a good spot? Where should I park? Is it really crowded? Tips to be safe? What time to go out?
First off, let me say that I would not hunt a piece of land without first doing some scouting. If you can’t get to the land before you hunt, you could do some high tech scouting with maps and aerial photos. Some of the best parts of AEP land are the areas bordering private farms. Look for these farms on the aerial photos. The deer will feed in the agricultural fields while bedding in the nearby thickets. The pressure during the gun season will be intense, so look for the thickest areas that you can find. Try to find some out of the way places that are tough to get to. If you don’t want to go into these places, neither will other hunters…That is where you need to be! Pack a lunch and plan on staying all day. There are plenty of large bucks in that area and the only way you are going to come out with one is to get into the thick stuff early and stay late. Remember…If it were easy…Everyone would harvest a trophy animal!