So after hunting mostly public lands for the past 5 years, I've decided to begin looking for some acreage to purchase and hunt. I live in Garner area and would ideally like to find some land I could drive to within an hour or so. I'm likely not going to buy anything close to the coast since its simply too long of a drive for a day hunt.
So here's my dilemma . . . I could basically go anywhere west towards the Piedmont (Alamance, Chatham, Lee, Moore, etc.) or I could head more East (Nash, Wilson, Lenoir, Wayne, Sampson, etc). Without giving away any honey holes, can anyone shed some light on where they would prefer? Any acreage around the Raleigh area is simply too expensive but was hoping to find some "ducky" swamps along some of the rivers in the outer counties.
I've heard some great reports towards the Piedmont counties, but the obvious choice seems to head closer to the coast.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.