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#3271064 - 06/19/13 10:33 AM Re: Hunt WMA or Private land? [Re: deerhunter10]

Registered: 08/01/07
Posts: 46480
Loc: Just North of Chatt-town

Nothing like having your own land to hunt on, regardless of whether the public hunting is good or not, imo. However, you will likely find trespassers and poachers think that your land is a great place to hunt/poach as well, as has been my case. Good luck and welcome to the great state of Tennessee! \:\)

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#3271144 - 06/19/13 12:20 PM Re: Hunt WMA or Private land? [Re: MUP]
8 Point

Registered: 11/05/10
Posts: 1226
Loc: Williamson County

Part of your problem in South MS is one of geography, not just private vs public. How south are you? If you are south of Vicksburg and not near the MS River you are in poor soils and small deer.

WMAs near you may be poor, but there are areas of MS that offer some of the best public land hunting in the nation!

The quality of the hunting in TN will also depend on your location. The hunting tends to get better as you move from east to west, but there are exceptions.

On public land, those who are willing to drive away from major cities are often rewarded with less pressure. Also, you can join clubs offering access to timber company land for reasonable prices.
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#3271763 - 06/20/13 09:14 AM Re: Hunt WMA or Private land? [Re: WMAn]
8 Point

Registered: 09/01/12
Posts: 1785
Loc: Milan, TN

Were I you then I would get everything figured out for where I want to go in regards to housing, crime, schools, etc. and then once a place is located, figure out your hunting situation later on. You will kill deer on a wma if you hunt it enough and have a basic idea of what you are doing. This can be done without needing to be too worried for your safety outside of mountain lion or bigfoot attacks. However, private land will naturally be better because you will have it to yourself (mostly, dang poachers) and can shape the land and the herd as you see fit. But like I said, I would put everything else above hunting possibilities. Good luck on your search!
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#3271794 - 06/20/13 09:55 AM Re: Hunt WMA or Private land? [Re: DirtyBear0311]
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Registered: 07/23/11
Posts: 1005
Loc: Cumberland County,Tennessee, U...

Both are great for the most part \:\)
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