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