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Hunting question for discussion

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by magnum338, Aug 25, 2013.

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  1. Patocazador

    Patocazador Member

    Jul 8, 2012
    Central Florida
    In Florida all private land is posted. No signs or orange paint on posts or any other form of posting is needed. Unarmed trespass is a misdemeanor; armed trespass is a felony punishable by a year in jail, a big fine, and loss of hunting privileges. "Armed" is defined as any weapon even a bow or possibly a slingshot. I doubt they would get a conviction on a slingshot but the law is all-inclusive.

    Written permission from the landowner must be on your person to hunt legally.

    I am not sure what the legality of dragging a dead deer under the fence is but surmise that permission is needed.
  2. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    Again...this is why I continue to state that one NEEDS to know the laws of their state. Giving suggestions when you do not know the local laws or taking suggestions from folks that do not know the laws is pure foolishness. In any case.....in any state, the best solution is to talk to the adjacent landowner BEFORE the situation arises. From there you must abide by the laws of your state, regardless of what the state next door says is legal.

    I too am not one to see game go to waste, and one does need to make every conceivable effort to retrieve a wounded animal. My point is that the retrieval of an animal does not justify breaking the law. Here in Wisconsin, trespassing, even while hunting, is not handled by Wardens. It is handled by County Law enforcement. So interpreting a trespassing justified because of retrieval of game is not something they make a judgement on. If the landowner signs a complaint, you go to court. Period. If it's found you entered the property without permission for any other reason than life or death, you're probably gonna be found guilty. It's not a law I like, but it is a law I abide by and suggest others in the same boat to do likewise.
  3. TattooedHunter

    TattooedHunter Member

    Feb 6, 2013
    Twin Cities, MN
    As to finding landowner info: here in Minnesota, you can go to the county land offices and request a current plat map of the county. It will have complete info of public and private land (with landowners info) with boundary lines, as recorded via deed registrations. The info is generally fairly accurate.

    I'd be surprised if most states didn't have something like that.
  4. DM~

    DM~ Member

    Jan 6, 2011
    upper mid west
    Where "I" live, if you shoot a deer and it runs on MY property, you better be finding me and asking permission to retrive it. If you dont, and i see you, you WILL get run off no matter what you try to tell me! That's the law here, and i'm going to hold you to it.

    Once i run you off my property, i don't have to give the deer to you..... I can tag it and keep it, even if it was you that shot it.

    On the other hand, if you come over and introduce yourself, and accurately explain the situation, i'll help you get it out and it will be a lot less dragging for you.

  5. H&Hhunter

    H&Hhunter Moderator

    Jan 28, 2003
    In Colorado you have to have the landowners permission. I know a guy who shot a huge bull elk. the elk was hit a bit far back and ran about 800 yards or so and crossed a fence onto an adjacent ranch before dying.

    Apparently the ranch owner had a beef with ranch where the elk was shot. The hunter went to the ranch headquarters where the elk was lying dead and asked permission to retrieve the bull. The ranch owner replayed that "His coyotes and buzzards need to eat too." and not so politely asked the hunter to leave his property.

    The hunter called the DOW the DOW guy called the rancher and asked if he could retrieve the bull and got the same answer. End of story, there was not a darn thing the hunter could do about it. This is wrong on many levels but it's the law and that's the just the way it goes sometimes.
  6. 627PCFan

    627PCFan Member

    Oct 18, 2007
    Sterling, VA
    In my old state of Md, I wouldnt bother trespassing to ask. Just call the warden for retrieval help, too many 2A anti's and PETA members to deal with. In VA where I hunt now, all neighbors have given retrieval permision (unarmed). That situation is one of the few times where I would involve the police since the risk is all yours if you dont.
  7. inclinebench

    inclinebench Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    Nice place
    I know my neighboring property owners, and I call before season starts every year and make sure it is OK for me to pursue/retrieve something I shot on my property. They always say "of course" and thank me for letting them know I will be out there. I also keep an eye out for poachers on one guys place, and he does the same for me. Getting to know the neighboring property owners is the best way go about it in my opinion.
  8. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Sus Venator

    Dec 24, 2002
    Forestburg, Texas
    Do not leave your rifle unsecured on public land. That would violate other CA laws.

    Section 2016 would indicate that if the land is posted, you may not enter in California without permission.
  9. tahunua001

    tahunua001 Member

    Jul 21, 2011
    here in idaho it is laid out plain and simple.

    in order to be considered trespassing land must be either be:
    1. cultivated field
    2. marked every 660 feet with a LEGIBLE no trespassing or sign OR with at least 10x10' blaze orange. if marking fence posts the entire post must be orange or otherwise contain at least 100 square inches of orange.

    if it fits that criteria you are trespassing, if not, you are not.
    so by my states definition, I can go over and retrieve my animal IF it is not posted and IF it is not cultivated or irrigated.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2013
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