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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.

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