Swamp Hunting Cleveland TN

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Cherokee National Forest
(423) 476-9700
2800 North Ocoee Street
Cleveland, TN
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Nantahala Outdoor Center - Ocoee Outfitting Store
(828) 488-2176
Highway 64
Ocoee, TN
 
Academy
(423) 490-2300
2220 Hamilton Place Blvd Suite 150
Chattanooga, TN
 
Hixon's Fashions for Men
(423) 479-4545
Bradley Square Mall
Cleveland, TN
 
Cards One
(423) 472-3161
Cleveland, TN
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(423) 892-3122
Hamilton Village
Chattanooga, TN
 
Rock Creek Outfitters Inc
(423) 338-1075
1680 Highway 64
Benton, TN
 
Academy
(423) 870-7930
5993 Highway 153 (South of Highway 27)
Hixson, TN
 
Express Athletics
(423) 728-6000
15 Broad St NW
Cleveland, TN
 
Coopers Hometown Sports
(423) 472-2831
201 Keith St SW Ste 19
Cleveland, TN
 

Hunt the "Island in the Stream"

In the south, as in many other parts of the country, we have vast swamps that are often a maze of runs, sloughs, dead end back waters and at times, row after row of areas that are flowing water, higher ground and then flowing water again.

I hunt two of these… the Salkehatchie and the Coosawhatchie river systems.

The former system is, in some portions of the river, over a mile wide and while the latter one is less massive, what it lacks in width, it makes for with huge oxbows and twists / turns of the main run.

Both of these systems have their own unique characteristics (and charm!) but they also have two other things in common:

·      They are both filled with deer.

·      They both have islands – isolated patches of higher ground that are surrounded by acres and acres of flooded ground.

The deer love the swamp… it is a great area for travel, it has water, green browse, there are usually loads of hard mast, there are generally dense thickets along each side of the swamp and they feel very comfortable in these areas.

I profess a great love for these swamps and hunt these areas whenever I feel that I can get on some deer – either traveling or feeding…and sometimes… as a refuge area…

In these vast expanses, when you locate one of these islands, there is dry ground for bedding, green browse, all the water they want and often – thick areas for cover.

They are generally less concerned, I think, with the dense cover – because they are fairly relaxed down in these swamps anyway.

In many instances, you can spot these areas from a distance due to the green growth that accumulates on the higher ground… something the sodden and often flooded adjacent areas can not provide.

Locate one of these areas, and you have done two things… identified a potential hiding and bedding area for the deer and also found yourself a potential great area to set up a stand, be it a climber, fixed or even a ground level blind.

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