• Aznealz

    Ignorance of the law doesn’t absolve anyone from obeying the law. And yes, most states, provinces and jurisdictions have some complex and confusing regs and laws. But as responsible hunters and outdoors enthusiasts, we gotta know this stuff. Even when it changes annually. Our reputations are staked on this. Thanks.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Neal! You’re right about our reputation as hunters!

  • Great post Mark. There are far too many hunters that have ventured out thinking along the same lines. In fact there is an area near me that is small and there is a good population of deer, but it’s a whitetail only tag for firearms and you can’t hunt in that unit with a general deer tag. I have heard stories of people hunting that unit with their general deer tag thinking that it was legal. The boundary is of course on a road so on one side you have to have the whitetail tag and the other side you can hunt with either tag. Little things like this can add up to a big fine. Like you mentioned, it is our job to learn the regulations.

    • SoleAdventure

      It’s crazy how being on the wrong side of the road, literally, can get you into big trouble!

  • Al Quackenbush

    Excellent! This is spot on, Mark. I heard some similar conversations recently about a hunter who broke the law. While I understand we are supportive of one another, breaking the law puts others on the alert. The regulations in the states can be very easy to understand, or very difficult. If you find them difficult, call up a warden and ask. It could be that simple. Enjoy your hunts, Mark and I wish you the best!

    • SoleAdventure

      Getting in contact with a warden can be tough to do – especially since so many of them spend their time out of the office – but every warden that I’ve gotten a hold of has been extremely helpful. I really wish that more hunters would seek clarification on the “difficult” issues.

  • Great post. This happened this year to me. I checked a boundary for an extra doe tag and found out it had cut out a majority of the public land it once had and now was mostly private, so I ended up not applying for it.

    • SoleAdventure

      That’s a great, but unfortunate, example of how things change.

  • Allan K.

    Good points Mark, I even reached out to the game warden covering my area to seek clarity on a few issues. He not only called me, but he sent me an email outlining what we discussed, nothing like having a hard copy if I run into another warden or his assistant..

    • SoleAdventure

      That’s awesome, Allan. Kudos to you for reaching out! I’m glad you got the help, and documentation, that you were looking for.

  • A team prostaff

    I have had issues with game wardens in Kansas that didn’t even know their own laws. It took me about 4 phone calls and about 2 hours on the phone to confirm that I was correct and the game warden was not. He said that my cameraman had to have a hunting license to accompany me in the field. This is incorrect.

  • Mike

    The law is a complex beast. I wanted to use an air gun for squirrel in a state park. The air gun is approved by the DNR for squirrel. The park has a no rifle zone. They don’t want people using 22lr close to the lake or campground. I’ve been trying since the season opening to get park dept. and local and state DNR to rule if the air gun could be used in the no rifle zone. To add a twist, the ORC states that air guns aren’t firearms and firearm laws can’t be applied to them.

    So trying to go by the book is next to impossible. I can’t violate a firearms law by having the airgun in the no rifle zone and I wouldn’t violate the DNR approved hunting equipment rules, but who knows if there is some section of the law that lets the parks dept. create a violation based on an air guns appearance.