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TWRA Purchases Wildlife Tract from MTSU
by Steve McCadams

 Sportsmen and other nature lovers will be happy to know that a popular tract of wooded property is now owned by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and should remain open indefinitely to their hunting, viewing, and researching trips.

 "We recently closed the deal on the MTSU Wildlife Management Property in Hickman County, buying it from Middle Tennessee State University," noted Steve Patrick, the manager of TWRA's Region II office.  "This land had been open to the public for more than two decades through a lease agreement with MTSU, but now it is officially owned by the wildlife agency."

 The state's wildlife agency purchased "just over" 800 acres of MTSU WMA that is near Centerville in Hickman County, one of Tennessee's best big game areas.

 "We have a lot of hunting that takes place on the MTSU land because it is in a great place and is open to hunting with statewide seasons.  The land is also open to people who want to bird watch, hike, or just enjoy the outdoors.  It is also sometimes used by wildlife students conducting research or for environmental education projects," noted Patrick.

 The TWRA has leased the MTSU property for about a quarter  century.  A Murfreesboro family bequeathed the property to MTSU many years ago.  The cost of the MTSU land was $800,000.

 "We are happy to have this land.  Because of cuts in TWRA's budget, this will probably be the last purchase of an upland area for a long time.  If that is the case, we got a great piece of land to complete our upland buys," said Patrick

Steve McCadams
 is a professional hunting and fishing guide here in the Paris Landing area and host of The Outdoor Channel's television series  IN-PURSUIT.