I've been watching hunting shows by various groups and watching some of the posts of people on here so I have a hunting show proposal for Buckmasters.
We need to see you hunt on public land... under the conditions we hunt under. Nation wide it's figured that nearly 70% of the hunters only hunt public land, which means that all those private farm hunts, reserve hunts and guided hunts we are often shown are only applicable to 30% of us combined... and most of those are private farm hunters, not guided hunts to Kansas or reserve hunts in Texas. Those 70% of the hunters are only able to take about 30% of the deer though.
So what we'd really like to see is you hunt public land during the time when most of us are hunting, rifle season, and we'd like you to do it on land close to where most of us are hunting, cities and towns, on the east coast near a city. Over half of the US hunters live within 2 states of the Atlantic coast, which means most of your hunters are within a long days drive of the Atlantic seaboard. America is nearly 75% urban now, which means most of us hunt near cities, the east coast is even more urban than that.
My proposal is this. Come to Pennsylvania, Lancaster county and hunt our public land here. The state of PA has about 1 million licensed hunters annually. Pennsylvanians take about 320,000 deer annually of which less than half are bucks. 150,000 bucks, about 30% taken on public lands... or 50,000 bucks for 700,000 hunters. we'll go further, Outdoor Life and Field and Stream editors have noticed the numbers and have commented that the SE PA public land hunt is one of the toughest in America, thus my proposition. Lancaster county has around 44,000 licensed hunters in any given year, 31,000 or so will hunt public land. last year around 9,000 deer were taken in Lancaster county, around 2800 of those on public land. of those only 1300 were bucks. if you're doing the math that's one buck per 24 hunters.
What I'd like to see is you come to Lancaster county, using limited means as though you are living on a typical salary, scout the local public lands only (you can't use private lands even if offered as most locals won't offer them to the rest of us but might to a public figure), using a single tree stand, (people will often steal ones left in the woods so you only want a climber) tag a buck, 8 points or better. And in the show, more than the impact shots, show how you did it. What did you look for? What did you see? how did you choose your stand site/sights? what scents did you use? rattles? That you CAN do it is fascinating, HOW you did it invaluable.
You could even keep a blog and perhaps a video blog here on the website to show what you did and how you did it. If you can be successful in Lancaster county on public lands, you can be successful anywhere, as most places have better deer to hunter ratios.
if you like the idea say so.