Well PA is very unique in the east with respect to open public land. As much as the Game Commission is criticized for what they don't do, what they have done rarely gets them any credit. One of those things is that over the coarse of many years, a portion of all the license revenue was/is used to purchase land for hunters as well as the general public to use. Today there are several million acres of it scattered around the state, and much of that is in prime areas for deer hunting. Also the state itself has quit a few million acres as well, which is owned by the tax payers and open for all to use including hunters. As you drive thru the various other eastern states like the western part of Maryland, West VA, NC, VA, and parts of Georgia, you would be seeing the same range of mountains as in PA, also offering numerous opportunities for ridge to ridge long range hunting. The difference however is that by and large there is little access to it by the public in those other states in comparison to PA. As vast as the west is as for land mass, the same can be true there also as for access. Many of the ranches today in some of the best areas are leased to outfitters, meaning that unless you book a hunt with them, that land is off limits. Even the owner cant grant permission to hunt. Mind you there would be plenty of places where smaller cartridges could be used for eastern l/r hunting, but then that would be kinda like bass fishing without a boat. Yes it can be done, but you probably wont be happy for very long if you do. You will find that you will need to commit to one type of hunting or another if you expect the best results. One foot in and one foot out dosent work very well with l/r hunting. Yes you might sit for days scanning the same real estate with nothing to show for it. But then without any warning there it is, and the days of boredom have now become chaos, but hopefully at least it is controlled chaos, involving you and your choice of equipment. No time now to be thinking about the choices you made.