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Army Corp of Engineers -private lease?

walleye

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I have some ground that i hunt that’s owned by army corp of engineers and part of Old hickory WMA. I noticed that recently several high quality metal signs have been posted that the land has been “privately leased” by the Army Corp of Engineers and trespassing/ hunting is prohibited and violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I noticed that several trails have been cut throughout the land and laddersdeer stands have been installed. I have never heard of this occurring before and curious if this is legitimate. I checked the TWRA website and this property is clearly indicated still as part of the WMA
 

walleye

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Sounds like somebody's trying to claim the area as their's.

A photo of the signs, along with coordinates would help clear things up when you call.
I put a call into the real estate office of the nashville army Corp office and they said they would research and get back to me. The land in question is in wilson county very near hwy 109 and borders Old Hickory lake. Part of the Old Hickory WMA.
 

BigRed1080

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Please let us know what you hear from them. I have enjoyed hunting Old Hickory WMA and hope they don’t start private leasing it.
 

TNDeerGuy

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I have some ground that i hunt that’s owned by army corp of engineers and part of Old hickory WMA. I noticed that recently several high quality metal signs have been posted that the land has been “privately leased” by the Army Corp of Engineers and trespassing/ hunting is prohibited and violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I noticed that several trails have been cut throughout the land and laddersdeer stands have been installed. I have never heard of this occurring before and curious if this is legitimate. I checked the TWRA website and this property is clearly indicated still as part of the WMA
You have to watch landowners that own land bordering the CoE land, especially on OH. Most of the time it is relatively small parcels and landowners will take down CoE signs and put up their own and then build walking paths, pavillions, shacks, and all kinds of stuff. I have ignored them, but have had a landowner try to push the issue and he threatened to call TWRA on me and I begged him to as we both know what was occuring.
 

Andy S.

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Please take a pic of these signs and share with the group. I am anxious to hear what Nashville District USACE Real Estate Office says. I would also inquire with USACE field personnel such as rangers, regulatory specialists, etc as they may have more "field experience" per se when compared to office personnel, especially during COVID over the last year. I highly doubt USACE-Nashville leased any federal lands purchased with federal tax payer's funds to a private interest. That smells bad on so many levels.
 
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Jcalder

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USACE is aware of it. I’ve seen the posted signs that they already have. It’s been an issue with this bunch before. Just hunt. And tell the leasee people to kick rocks.
 
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