International Paper will Keep Some Land Open for Public Hunting in 2004

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International Paper will continue to allow public hunting in several southern Middle Tennessee counties, but has decided to lease about half of its timber property to hunters beginning this year.

Last year International Paper sold hunting permits for property in Chester, Decatur, Hardin, Henderson, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, McNairy, and Wayne counties. This year, permits will be available for 28,000 acres of land, but only in Lewis, Hickman, and Wayne counties.

"We are working with International Paper to lease land that will be kept in the public hunting lands program," noted Steve Patrick of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. "However, a little more than half of its property will now be leased privately."

Hunters who want to lease property from International Paper can write the company for more information at International Paper, P.O. Box 1060, Waynesboro, TN 38485.