For one thing there’s no legal dispersed camping on the huge majority of that private land in New England, which is a night and day difference from the norm in federal land. Also you have to pay to access quite a bit of it in zones like North Maine Woods, so that’s another downside. Also the roads close at the whim of the local timber company personnel, so that you can find yourself trespassing or even worse locked in if you go through a temporarily open gate that they haven’t bothered to mark as a closed road (they never do).
I don’t think Maine “should” be more publicly owned, and the tradition or permissive private land access in New England is great, but it’s pretty obvious that the public has better recreational access to federal land than private. How good do you think the access is going to be as the timber industry there continues to shrink and it’s lands start getting subdivided? You think the new owners are all going to be on board with random rednecks hunting their place?
Also you have a Sunday hunting ban lmao.