Also, the special rules they place on hunters is sometimes ridiculous. One hunt closes all the perfectly good access roads and makes hunters walk miles. Many are shotgun only, which is common. However, Shotgun season usually allows hunters to either use a shotgun or muzzleloader. One hunt requires shotgun with slugs or buckshot only, no muzzleloaders or bows. This may sound inconsequential to someone who hunts with a center fire rifle, but most people around here prefer a muzzleloader to a shotgun. They also change the rules without telling anyone. You may come prepared with a climbing stand and they decide to ban them this year.
You usually only have one day to scout. That's really not enough time to learn the land, let alone pattern deer.
It costs 7.50 to apply for each hunt. Except one that costs 10.00. I applied for 12 hunts. For a cost of 92.50. Personally I think this is a bargain. Especially compared to joining a hunt club or leasing land.
You may be wondering why I Even bother. Its because I have no choice. There are some benefits. The hunts are not over crowded. It gives me an opportunity to hunt that I normally would not have. I am grateful for the opportunity.
Hopefully I will get lucky and draw a few hunts.