Totally depends on which piece of public property you are talking about. I'm getting kinda old(62) and my days of hiking way back into the woods are over.I seldom hunt more than 400 yards from where I park and I see plenty of deer and hogs. Including some REALLY big ones.
Deer hunts on WMA's hunted closer due ta alien body parts... Did the deer archery only hunts after unit #120 shut down. Seen plenty of legal "13+inch" deer. & b the first ta say, not the best hunter
being in right place right time.... had two run right under stand & plenty just outa range or thick brush preventing shot, archery limits range, so increse deer #ers. With hunting close on public land, take good with bad, other hunters gong to & fro, yet they might push things around. Public land NO BAITING
, so knowing what ta look for tis big help with finding right place Leasing, "exccecative hunts[/i" people walk, rice to stand & sit [i]waiting
... Hog hunts.... before You-tube did the none gutting
easier & faster back packing, Finding hogs was always easy part, get away from main traffic usually several miles back in were most hunters dont venture pushing up hogs, or were not much orange tis seen, less pressure. Still enjoy me poormans food stamp
on OP YES it CAN be done
.... opinions might vary...