Never thought of hunting in the WMNF; that's gotta be some big woods and tough hunting. Presume you have a spot you know pretty well? What have been able to get outta there?
Yup, it is 100% not the place to go if you want high percentage chances of seeing/bagging deer.
Iâ€™ve done 7 or 8 seasons up there over the years, only taken 2 bucks out, couple years where I just saw does from way off, and several years where I didnâ€™t see a thing. The ones I got, one was a small 4 pointer, one was a bigger 8 point that was the most gamey-tasting venison Iâ€™ve ever had. Definitely not grazing on apples and corn.
Itâ€™s big and empty, for sure. It reminds me of where I first started hunting in northern Wisconsin, in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. There werenâ€™t many deer there either, at least compared to southern WI where we went as I got older.
But I like the solitude and room to roam, and Iâ€™ve found a couple spots in WMNF that I like.
When I want to actually get deer, I hunt on Marthaâ€™s Vineyard with some of my wifeâ€™s family. Canâ€™t throw a stick without hitting a deer down there.