The June issue of Quality Whitetails magazine had an article on the Top 10 Zones for Record-Book Bucks: Wisconsin, southern Iowa and Indiana, Kansas…and coming in at No. 10, East Coast Suburbia:
…counties around Washington D.C, New York and Philadelphia harbor small pockets of habitat that allow bucks to mature with little hunting pressure. Each year savvy bowhunters gain access to these small tracts and harvest some dandy bucks.
Like the one in the picture from a northern VA suburb. Imagine if you had permission to bowhunt the 2 to 5 private acres between the park field and the houses/streets? You’d have a decent shot at that giant.
This weekend would be a good time to put on civilian clothes (no camo) and a smile and start knocking on doors in subdivisions and small estates where the woods out back look prime for deer. No other hunters are asking for permission now, so you’ll have a leg up. Most people will probably say no; the Bambi-lovers will tell you, hell no. Say thanks for your time and move on. It only takes one good person with the right 5 or so wooded acres to put you on some P&Y bucks.
Another big benefit to all the un-pressured bucks you'll see: Think about all the $5 gas you’ll save by hunting closer to home this fall. You won’t even have to trade your F-150 for a greenie-weenie :)