Outdoor writer and veteran bowhunter Tony J.
Peterson cowrote “Go Public.” Here, he dishes on public bucks, rack obsession, and his new BFF.
• Best public-land buck: A 156-inch 10-pointer in Nebraska. • Favorite part of hunting public land: The challenge. Bowhunting on public land is, without a doubt, the hardest you can make deer hunting. It’s really satisfying when you fill a tag. • On the big-buck craze: The focus on antlers takes away from the actual hunting experience. Managing deer herds for big bucks lacks a sense of mystery. • The biggest misconception about publicland hunting: That you can rely on the tactics you use on private lands. It’s a totally different game. • Hunting with F&S deputy editor Dave
Hurteau: It was awesome…other than the fact that Dave is the most opinionated person I’ve ever met. And I’m a lot like him, so we screamed at each other all night in camp. But it was all in good fun.