Sounds like a load of crap to me. I would guess they don't want any hunting, which is why they probably told him that. I've got a friend that owns some land up around the Whites Lake Refuge near Dyersburg, TN. There is a 60' strip of land that's classified a road that splits his land from the refuge. Since you can't legally hunt from an established road they can't hunt the 60' strip, but just beyond the 60' they can hunt all they want.
If I were your friend I would call me a lawyer and ask what his rights are. I would guess if he started some pressure they would fold like an ace high Texas Holdem poker hand.
One other thing......If we as hunters start letting them tell us we can't hunt because they build a refuge close to our property we're gonna be in trouble before long. We better start drawing some lines in the sand before long or there's not going to be any hunting. :pissed:
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