For years I hunted nothing but Game Lands and National Forest, till I bought my own land. Usually did more driving to get places than hunting. Pick up a Game Land map book from a location that sells licenses. There may or may not be something close to you. Good luck on the private land. When I was a kid, birdhunting (quail) with my dad, stopping and knocking on doors worked 99% of the time. Now with the the big boom of whitetails, private land is very difficult to find.