Take a quick class in basic map skills for hunting western public lands to ensure you keep on the right path.
Randy Newberg knows a thing or two about hunting public land and here he shares some of his intimate knowledge for navigating its maps.
There are a lot of resources and devices available for the modern hunter to navigate and know where they are going. We can even leverage this technology to do virtual scouting, and for almost all areas, east or west, there are online resources to locate public land.
Federal and state public lands remain your most precious resource for hunting access for the average working person, so do your homework and find out where it is and how you can access it. Also consider joining one of the myriad of conservation and hunting associations that help protect these lands for us and future generations.
For a look at one organization that does great conservation and hunter advocacy for public lands see the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.