SLEEPER SPOTS

Outdoor Life - - WILD AMERICA -

Here are just five types of un­der­rated hunting grounds

1. Aquatic Man­age­ment Ar­eas

Min­nesota, for ex­am­ple, has 198 that cover about 6,000 acres.

2. Univer­sity Lands

Clem­son Univer­sity (17,500 acres), Cor­nell Univer­sity (5,300 acres), Pur­due Univer­sity (1,600 acres), and a hand­ful of other schools al­low hunting on their prop­erty.

3. In­dian Reser­va­tions

Rose­bud in South Dakota, Crow in Mon­tana, and Win­nebago in Ne­braska of­fer great bird-hunting op­por­tu­ni­ties to non­mem­bers. Buy li­censes through tribal fish and game de­part­ments.

4. Army Corps of Engi­neers Lands

In Texas alone, 188,000 acres of land is open for hunting around 23 reser­voir lakes and their flood­plains. About 90 per­cent of USACE projects na­tion­wide are within 50 miles of a metropoli­tan cen­ter, which makes them use­ful to city-bound hun­ters. Roughly 6.6 mil­lion hun­ters visit Army Corps lands ev­ery year.

5. Depart­ment of De­fense Lands

Some mil­i­tary prop­er­ties al­low hunting, with cer­tain re­stric­tions. Fort Drum in Up­state New York is one of the largest mil­i­tary tracts in the North­east that al­lows the gen­eral pub­lic to recre­ate on the prop­erty, with ap­prox­i­mately 70,000 acres avail­able for hunting and trap­ping.

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