August 20th, 2007, 05:48 PM
Public land around La Crosse, WI
Im going to school in La Crosse again this Fall and Spring. Instead of driving two hours home every weekend, I'd like to find some public land around this area that isn't flooded with hunters already. I've driven around asking farmers around the Holmen area and they all have said the area is pretty booked up with hunters already. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
August 20th, 2007, 07:33 PM
I know there is some decent looking land outside of Cataract, which is about 15 minutes from Sparta. It would be about a 40 minute drive from La Crosse. Send me a pm if you want any more info.
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August 20th, 2007, 07:33 PM
I hunt south of there in Ferryville
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August 20th, 2007, 07:48 PM
There's some public land in Viroqua which is about 30-40 min from La Crosse. It's in Vernon County, big deer out this way.
I wouldn't worry about flooded with hunters so much as I would worry about flooded with water right now!!!!!
August 20th, 2007, 08:17 PM
You might want to check with the WI DNR, they may maintain a database and/or maps either online or have paper ones available at one of their offices. I'm actually looking for the same thing, only around the Rochester/Zumbrota area. That or a kind soul willing to let a greenhorn tag along LOL.
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August 20th, 2007, 10:39 PM
Well I haven't found any public land around La Crosse yet, but my dad gave me a map of public land around Millstone and Potters Flowage.
August 20th, 2007, 10:48 PM
Check out Ft McCoy between Sparta and Tomah. You have to buy a permit to hunt, but there is plenty of room to roam.
August 21st, 2007, 01:27 AM
Also a little east of Tomah there are thousands of acres of public land. Meadow Valley Wildlife Area and also the Necedah Natioinal Wildlife Refuge. May be a little farther than you want to drive though. Pm me if you have any questions on these areas.
August 21st, 2007, 01:39 AM
I know there is Van Loon, which is by the Tremp, Lax border. Thanks for all the input already. Ill have to talk to pettel03 about it. He will be hunting with me most of the time probably. Appreciate it.
August 21st, 2007, 08:05 AM
Head west to the Whitewater WMA. That is actually where I started bow hunting. Cool country -- river bottoms with ag. on top the ridges. But be prepared to walk to get away from everyone. It's wide open to the public. There are also a few sanctuaries that are open every few years. Check with the MN DNR.
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August 21st, 2007, 06:46 PM
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August 21st, 2007, 11:40 PM
The black river bottoms hold some very nice bucks. With a pair of hippers you can find some nice areas. Head out to Brice prairie. Park in the last lot for walk in duck hunters, and start exploring. You can also bike or walk down the bike trail out there and jump off anywhere. It will take some work but the hunting is great. Islands are also good if you have a decent flat bottom/motor to get to them.
August 22nd, 2007, 12:48 AM
Thank you. Ill be sending you a pm soon.
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August 23rd, 2007, 01:11 AM
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