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Here are pictures of a public hunting area 45 min from my house. I hear people talk about topo features like saddles, benches, ridges, fingers, and funnels but I have hard time understanding and identifying them. If anyone could help point out important features for whitetail and explain them that would be awesome. id love to get in the woods with an experienced hunter and learn that way but this is as close as I'll get with the to that with the virus.

Everything to the left of the green line is hunting land. The red area is a no hunting area and there's is a smaller hunting area on the right of the red area.

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The closer the contour lines are, the steeper the terrain.  Smallest circular contour lines are hilltops.  Close lines in green areas are  steep running down to the Lake.  Saddles are between 2 higher elevations.    Elevation is marked on the contour lines.   Brown contour line is  900 ft. Highest elevation look like 1,020 ft.   Contour lines on this map are 20 ft apart. The white area with contour lines far apart are rolling hills to flat.

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Put you palm flat on a table with fingers extended.  The back of your hand would be a mountain or high point, your extended fingers are "Fingers".

Go for it & have fun!!! 


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Thanks Deno!
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The squares and triangles look like food plots.  North of them is a wood lot.  Check the edge of that wood lot for rubs.  They'll be last years but you can get an idea of buck activity.  If it's the dominant buck and he's still alive he'll be back at it this fall.  Bucks just can't pass up a good wood line.  Look for doe trails coming out of the woods.  Bucks will travel parallel to them on the downwind side.  Good luck.  Looks like a nice piece.  Frank     
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We have a public area that looks to be hundreds and hundreds of acres northwest of me. It is very mountainous and is exclusively big timber no ag, no fields. It would allow me to get back to where others aren't. But since this is my first year I was wanting something that I could manage easier. I am honestly completely lost whenever I look at the big area, I wouldn't even really know where to start. I don't need to kill a big buck, I don't really like the way they taste anyway. I'm more than happy with a doe or a yearling. I'm gonna get out and scout in two weeks when spring squirrel season opens up.
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Lots to see. Walk it now and in summer so you can see what you have. Lots of possibilities. Do you have a canoe/ kayak ?

There are three deep inlets shown. Often there will be a trail along the waters edge. Not right there, but within 10 or 15 yards. The inlets form pinch points and are worth looking at.

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Those fields are filled with large combine harvesters and trailers.   The large white commercail building has a pretty fancy seperate entrance road.  The fields are probably Private Property.

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According to the TWRA map, everything to the left of that green line I drew is public hunting land.
Also, just downloaded google earth pro, thanks for the tip Deno!


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The green line ends short of the private propery. You might stop in there and ask questions on the area.  Go street view on the road with the orange dot.   Between the boat ramp,  you can see trail riders unloading horses from trailers. [thumb] Before the cemetary, there is a dirt trail on the left along side the fenced in underground pipeline station to the ridge tops.

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What caught my eye is the two inlets with what I guess is a boat passing between them.  Think I would check the area between them and the back of the field.
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Here's the trail in red Zip

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Big woods deer like Tellico or Catoosa area deer are few and far between....  Been there done that !

Those tilled fields are, from what I think I know about how TWRA operates, contract farming operations.  We have the same thing here in Illinois.  Land is leased to local farm operators to plant and harvest etc., etc.

Given your location I would surely go with the farmed area on Tellico relevant to what may be a good food source.  That being said, I would suggest as has already been mentioned, that you plan a few scouting trips during this spring and late summer just so you get a feel for the lay of the land.

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Spring squirrel season opens in two weeks. That's when I'll do my scouting!
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Make sure you get some Permethrin to treat your clothes before you head out. Ticks are out.
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I would second chucks advice on working the river. The further from private the lesschance a runner will make it there. That said if you can't find a game highway "near " the main water body look for a stream. Walking is usually easier and there will be water spot some where along.
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Unfamiliar territory I would get and learn how to use a compass. The modern way is GPS on your IPhone but those can run out of juice. Sure you can stay on the trails but we humans are full of curiosity and “oh look, I need to check that out”, next thing you know you get turned around.  

  Go ahead, ask me how I know. Ha, Ha


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