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A Hunter's Obligation to Know the Rules

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Just want to relay an experience I had this weekend regarding hunting regulations and other hunters.

I've had several  hunter's tell me last weekend(10/12/2020) that muzzleloader was open, it is not. I also had two other hunters last weekend confront me as to why my son was carrying around a rifle and hunting deer. I calmly explained the youth weekend and the rules around it. After that everything was cool and we continued our hunt.

I know at the end of the day we're all trying to participate in a sport we love and maybe harvest some game. My thought is to just make sure you're up on your local hunting regulations. Not just so you are within the rules, but also so you can assert your right to be where you are, hunting the way you're hunting.

I know when I have been operating outside of the regulations I have appreciated a person respectfully correcting my ignorance and I try to pay it forward by being informed and respectfully educating when required.

Thanks for listening, off my SB...

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    A good 3 or 4 Times since early October of 2015, I had to tell Fall Turkey Hunters going in to Hunt that the New Date ( in my area) is set almost 2 1/2 weeks into October and the old days of October 1st has been scrapped. And the Bag cut by 50%.

    So far- no one believed me. 

   Most Hunters don't bother to Read the Regs Guide.

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JDN2K and blackbeltbill are both on the mark. Many hunters do not realize that hunting regulations can change from year to year and it is their responsibility to read up on the current regulations from year to year. There have been some significant changes this year. One of them that I am very happy with is a special 2 day waterfowl hunt for active military service members and veterans only. They certainly have earned this. Here is a link to the changes in regulations for this year. Read up and be aware and comply.       valoroutdoors.com https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8312.html

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On 10/13/2020 at 10:04 AM, JDN2K said:

Just want to relay an experience I had this weekend regarding hunting regulations and other hunters.

I've had several  hunter's tell me last weekend(10/12/2020) that muzzleloader was open, it is not. I also had two other hunters last weekend confront me as to why my son was carrying around a rifle and hunting deer. I calmly explained the youth weekend and the rules around it. After that everything was cool and we continued our hunt.

I know at the end of the day we're all trying to participate in a sport we love and maybe harvest some game. My thought is to just make sure you're up on your local hunting regulations. Not just so you are within the rules, but also so you can assert your right to be where you are, hunting the way you're hunting.

I know when I have been operating outside of the regulations I have appreciated a person respectfully correcting my ignorance and I try to pay it forward by being informed and respectfully educating when required.

Thanks for listening, off my SB...

I was hunting up north during Northern zone gun. Gun wasn't open south yet but bow was. The guy I went with had a headlight out and i had been lucky enough to fill my buck tag. on the way down to my house we got pulled over do to the headlight issue. 

The cop walks up looks in the back sees the deer and asks what we are doing with a deer its not huntjng season yet did we hit it.  We said no it is gun in northern zone and bow in southern. He looked at us like we were lying.

A cop didn't even know the regs. He went back to the cruiser and must have checked everything and felt dumb cause we got off with no ticket.

 

It amazes me how many people think they know rules and really dont.

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13 minutes ago, biggamefish said:

 

A cop didn't even know the regs. He went back to the cruiser and must have checked everything and felt dumb cause we got off with no ticket.

 

 

 Many state troopers don't know the first thing about hunting regulations.  A DEC officer is about the only law enforcement officer you could expect to know anything about them and maybe some forest rangers.

 

 

 

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    Knowing Bag Limits for Pheasant Hunting is important also.

  Last 3 years especially, I have seen Pheasant Hunterswalking back to the Parking area in Sterling Forest-- Looking Pregnant.

   I knew there had to be 4 Pheasants in their vest. The Limit is 2.

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Last weekend, a buddy texted me that he had 5 big Tom's in the field, and was hoping they came close enough for a shot.  He didn't believe me when I texted back turkey isn't open yet.  

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Love the pocket ranger app.....can be pulled up pretty quickly in the field ...and passes the time when nothing is moving.

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9 hours ago, mowin said:

Last weekend, a buddy texted me that he had 5 big Tom's in the field, and was hoping they came close enough for a shot.  He didn't believe me when I texted back turkey isn't open yet.  

   Very Similar Story happened last Early October up on Indian Hill in Sterling Forest State Park.

     I was coming out from a Pheasant Hunt and 2 Hunters with Fall Leafy Camo and Camo Shotguns were walking up.

 One was about 15 and the other was in his mid- 60s. I told the GrandFather that Fall Turkey was unfortunately no longer open on October 1st.  The new opening day was past mid- OCTOBER.

   The Older Man did not Believe me and on they walked.

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During hunter education classes, we would always make the point that it is up to YOU, to know the season dates, and hunting regulations where you are hunting. So easy to do now with the click of a few buttons. Or when they have them available, pick up the hunters guide when you buy your tags. If ever a doubt about something, just look it up!

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Its amazing how many hunters dont know the rules, dont make themselves aware of changes and lastly dont really care.

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