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Ok I feel stupid asking this but is their a difference between state wildlife game areas and state forest areas? I’m looking to hunt public land this turkey season and this is a first for me. The state wildlife area is the darker green and the state forest is the lighter green. So can I actually hunt in the state wildlife area or just the state game area? Sorry if this seems like a dumb question but I’ve always been blessed to hunt on my own private land, was wanting to try some public land hunting this year. Thanks for the help.

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Hunting on National Forest Lands. All state laws apply to National Forest lands; however, additional federal regulations also apply. So I assume national Forest is managed by the feds and state wildlife game area is managed by the state.


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For some reason I can't view your attachment but "public land" would include all state rec areas, state wildlife game areas and national forests. Having said that, some of the state rec areas, especially the smaller ones and some of the ones real close to more urban areas of the state may have restrictions on hunting so best to check.
 

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Not a dumb question at all.Here is a little info.
  • State Game Area: areas established where hunting is the major intended land use.
  • State Wildlife Area: areas established where both hunting and the conservation or protection of wildlife is the major intended land use.
  • State Fish and Wildlife Area: areas established where both fishing/hunting and the conservation or protection of fish/wildlife is the major intended land use.
  • State Wildlife Research Area: areas dedicated as refuges or for research and
 
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