I recently lost the last little bit of private land I was allowed to hunt on and consequently I will be hunting public land exclusively this season.
I've been doing a lot of scouting and trying to find places away from areas I think will receive a lot of pressure from other humans. This inevitably leads me into the swamps.
I've hunted swamps before as a means of getting away from the over crowding that takes place especially around crop land. But I've never done great in these locations. Also my trail cams are not getting many pics. In fact I haven't been able to get any pics of bucks until just this past week. And he's just a yearling 6pt.
I know some guys swear by hunting the swamps, but perhaps not all swamps are created equal?
One particular swampy area I've been scouting is really nasty. Walking through it is darn right spooky at times. I never know if on my next step my foot will sink three feet deep into the muck or not. I've learned some trails to get back into this area that make it a "little" easier to get in there to hunt it. There are little islands where I could set up a stand. But tracking and dragging a deer out would probably be a big time job. Don't think anyone will bother me back in there though. Theres even a rumor going around that theres a body buried somewhere back in there. I guess some guy murdered his wife and they suspect he buried her back in this swamp. Otherwise its a very pretty area with lots of waterfowl.
I guess my biggest question is, is it worth all the effort to hunt such an area? Do you think deer will use these areas more once hunting season begins and pressure increases?
Anyone here who hunts swamps? Has it been good to you?