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What's the most illegal thing you've ever done while hunting? please share. also please include why you did it. no minuses guys.

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

some people do illegal things while hunting. some things are stupid, some make sense. i've shot a deer with a .22 before to put it down because my grandpa forget the ammunition and we only had 2 cartridges. we didn't notice it until we got out to the stand to load up. i had brought the .22 to shoot some squirrels in case we werent seeing the deer. he ended up shooting a 7 point in the leg and the second shot didn't quite put the deer down after about 15 minutes and instead of letting the animal suffer i walked up within 20 yards of him and popped a couple shells into its neck. i thought we handled it well, although it was illegal. it easily put him to death. it was a bad deal.

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from shane wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Saw some people all dressed in white doin' some weird stuff in the distance way out in the middle of nowhere in VT. Not sure if they were some sort of cult or the KKK. Shot 'em all dead.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Never done anything illegal while hunting.

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from ProMoe wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I was Turkey hunting while I was on probation, wich I wasnt supposed to be in possesion of a firearm while on probation. Well anyways I saw some turkey while driving from my camp during turkey season and saw like 5 turkey to the left of the road so I hoped out of the truck and took a shot from the left side of the road. After that a bunch of fish and game people came out of nowhere and gave me a ticket for shooting from the road. I was really nervous because I thought I was going to get in big trouble from my probation officer, but when I went to see him and tell him what happend he said my probation period was over and asked me to sign a form and I was sooooooo relieved.

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from idahooutdoors wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Growing up in the wilds of Idaho I can't say I didn't do at least a few dumb illegal things out in the woods, but I can say at least I eventually learned I could have a lot more fun and enjoy nature better by following the rules, vs always looking over my shoulder for blue lights.....

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from Nick Jensen wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Not while hunting but after hunting I have in the past partaken in a few adult beverages before I was of legal age to do so.

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from 60256 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Same here Golfing Sportsman.

Nate

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

There's been a time or two i probably failed to meet the "hunters orange" requirements while bowhunting during a dual season( muzzleloader or junior day), not smart, but i made it, unscaithed.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Shane,
That's too funny.

The most illegal thing I've done? I'm sure I'm no different than a lot of guys. I left my license at home once but hunted anyways. Little things like that can happen to anyone.

Oh wait. Once in Canada I took the four wheeler to a bait station way back in the remote woods. I was not wearing orange while driving the 4 wheeler. I learned later that's a big no no. The guide never told us until one guy rec'd a $600 ticket. Ouch.

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from kyle wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

When I was bow hunting during the late season in WI (DEC) we had snow on the ground and the moon was so bright it was like daylight, I never shot nothing but if was fun to watch nature at night!!! Coyotes looking for food and the deer looking for drop corn I forgot I was hunting!! Man was that a fun night!! Finally I looked at my watch it was 1:00 am oopps!!

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from kyle wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Reid Jones,

I would have done the same thing, when the DNR finally come the deer whould be spoiled!!! Its not like you killed the deer, you just put it out of its misery!!!

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from kyle wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I have to say that every hunter sometime or another did something that was illegal to some extent. Hours, shooting from a road, tresspass, ect.. even though they do not admit it.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

When I zipped up my gun in my case (in the bed of my truck), I accidentally left it unclosed by about 2 inches. When I was stopped by a DNR officer, he told me that he was going to "let me off easy" by not giving me a ticket for that. jeez.
About 10 buddies and I were up N. in MI fishing the hex hatch all night. At around 9am we went back to our trucks and went to sleep. We awoke to a DNR officer writing us all tickets for camping on state land without a permit (which is free to print off the internet and just has to be pinned to the tree). We got off due to the fact that the rule book states that "camping" is sleeping between the hours of 10pm and 8am. Jerk still cost me time in court to fight it and gas money to drive back up north to go to court.

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from Sharkfin wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I've hunted without my orange on. I wear it to and from the stand but usually take it off while in the tree. That's about the only thing I do that's illegal. I've never hunted past hunting hours, or taken over my limit or anything else I can think of.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Used to have a friend that was bad about shooting hen pheasants. Got rid of him after a few incidents.

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

As Sharkfin said, I too have worn it to the stand, and hung it beside me on the post. It is still visible to all, but that way movement in the stand ( head arms) blends in abit better. This was also on private property in an area where we know all the hunters within 20kms

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

A 10-round magazine in an H&K SL-7. The 5-round hadn't been shipped.

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from shane wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Also, one time I was hauling A$$ in this -

http://www.tbilt.com/files/Puzzle%20Truck.jpg

while blasting deer with an M60 in one hand and a spotlight in the other.

Turns out, I wasn't wearing a seat belt. Oops.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Although not proud of it, as a kid growing up in the middle of nowhere, it was a little bit like the Duke's of Hazzard. One of our games was to try to beat the federal game wardens as they passed through our town. In the Spring, the goose migration was so large with hundreds of thousands of geese swarming our land and the river bottoms near home. Federal game wardens in airplanes patrolled the flock constantly looking for poachers and game wardens in four wheel drives patrolled the boundary on the ground. We always left a few sure shots go in the fall so we could rationalize taking a couple geese out of the flock in the Spring. We plotted all year just how and when to hit the flock in such a way that they would flare the planes and where we had an escape from the four wheel drives. We just took a couple of geese to make it interesting but the chase was always exciting as we expected we would be in the slammer for years if they ever caught us. We never got caught but did have to stay in the river nearly all night once to escape. I hope there aren't any federal game wardens reading this but we considered it a fair contest.

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from meagel wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

If I were you i would not open yer traps or the fed game wardens will be on yer backs

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I have failed to unload my rifle while crossing the road to follow wounded deer. I think it is stupid that you should have to unload your gun to cross the road.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Agreed with shane and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from shane wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Saw some people all dressed in white doin' some weird stuff in the distance way out in the middle of nowhere in VT. Not sure if they were some sort of cult or the KKK. Shot 'em all dead.

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from idahooutdoors wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Growing up in the wilds of Idaho I can't say I didn't do at least a few dumb illegal things out in the woods, but I can say at least I eventually learned I could have a lot more fun and enjoy nature better by following the rules, vs always looking over my shoulder for blue lights.....

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from Nick Jensen wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Not while hunting but after hunting I have in the past partaken in a few adult beverages before I was of legal age to do so.

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from 60256 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Same here Golfing Sportsman.

Nate

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Shane,
That's too funny.

The most illegal thing I've done? I'm sure I'm no different than a lot of guys. I left my license at home once but hunted anyways. Little things like that can happen to anyone.

Oh wait. Once in Canada I took the four wheeler to a bait station way back in the remote woods. I was not wearing orange while driving the 4 wheeler. I learned later that's a big no no. The guide never told us until one guy rec'd a $600 ticket. Ouch.

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from meagel wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

If I were you i would not open yer traps or the fed game wardens will be on yer backs

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

some people do illegal things while hunting. some things are stupid, some make sense. i've shot a deer with a .22 before to put it down because my grandpa forget the ammunition and we only had 2 cartridges. we didn't notice it until we got out to the stand to load up. i had brought the .22 to shoot some squirrels in case we werent seeing the deer. he ended up shooting a 7 point in the leg and the second shot didn't quite put the deer down after about 15 minutes and instead of letting the animal suffer i walked up within 20 yards of him and popped a couple shells into its neck. i thought we handled it well, although it was illegal. it easily put him to death. it was a bad deal.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Never done anything illegal while hunting.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

There's been a time or two i probably failed to meet the "hunters orange" requirements while bowhunting during a dual season( muzzleloader or junior day), not smart, but i made it, unscaithed.

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from kyle wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I have to say that every hunter sometime or another did something that was illegal to some extent. Hours, shooting from a road, tresspass, ect.. even though they do not admit it.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Although not proud of it, as a kid growing up in the middle of nowhere, it was a little bit like the Duke's of Hazzard. One of our games was to try to beat the federal game wardens as they passed through our town. In the Spring, the goose migration was so large with hundreds of thousands of geese swarming our land and the river bottoms near home. Federal game wardens in airplanes patrolled the flock constantly looking for poachers and game wardens in four wheel drives patrolled the boundary on the ground. We always left a few sure shots go in the fall so we could rationalize taking a couple geese out of the flock in the Spring. We plotted all year just how and when to hit the flock in such a way that they would flare the planes and where we had an escape from the four wheel drives. We just took a couple of geese to make it interesting but the chase was always exciting as we expected we would be in the slammer for years if they ever caught us. We never got caught but did have to stay in the river nearly all night once to escape. I hope there aren't any federal game wardens reading this but we considered it a fair contest.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I have failed to unload my rifle while crossing the road to follow wounded deer. I think it is stupid that you should have to unload your gun to cross the road.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Agreed with shane and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from ProMoe wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I was Turkey hunting while I was on probation, wich I wasnt supposed to be in possesion of a firearm while on probation. Well anyways I saw some turkey while driving from my camp during turkey season and saw like 5 turkey to the left of the road so I hoped out of the truck and took a shot from the left side of the road. After that a bunch of fish and game people came out of nowhere and gave me a ticket for shooting from the road. I was really nervous because I thought I was going to get in big trouble from my probation officer, but when I went to see him and tell him what happend he said my probation period was over and asked me to sign a form and I was sooooooo relieved.

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from kyle wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

When I was bow hunting during the late season in WI (DEC) we had snow on the ground and the moon was so bright it was like daylight, I never shot nothing but if was fun to watch nature at night!!! Coyotes looking for food and the deer looking for drop corn I forgot I was hunting!! Man was that a fun night!! Finally I looked at my watch it was 1:00 am oopps!!

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from kyle wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Reid Jones,

I would have done the same thing, when the DNR finally come the deer whould be spoiled!!! Its not like you killed the deer, you just put it out of its misery!!!

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

When I zipped up my gun in my case (in the bed of my truck), I accidentally left it unclosed by about 2 inches. When I was stopped by a DNR officer, he told me that he was going to "let me off easy" by not giving me a ticket for that. jeez.
About 10 buddies and I were up N. in MI fishing the hex hatch all night. At around 9am we went back to our trucks and went to sleep. We awoke to a DNR officer writing us all tickets for camping on state land without a permit (which is free to print off the internet and just has to be pinned to the tree). We got off due to the fact that the rule book states that "camping" is sleeping between the hours of 10pm and 8am. Jerk still cost me time in court to fight it and gas money to drive back up north to go to court.

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from Sharkfin wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I've hunted without my orange on. I wear it to and from the stand but usually take it off while in the tree. That's about the only thing I do that's illegal. I've never hunted past hunting hours, or taken over my limit or anything else I can think of.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Used to have a friend that was bad about shooting hen pheasants. Got rid of him after a few incidents.

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

As Sharkfin said, I too have worn it to the stand, and hung it beside me on the post. It is still visible to all, but that way movement in the stand ( head arms) blends in abit better. This was also on private property in an area where we know all the hunters within 20kms

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

A 10-round magazine in an H&K SL-7. The 5-round hadn't been shipped.

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from shane wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Also, one time I was hauling A$$ in this -

http://www.tbilt.com/files/Puzzle%20Truck.jpg

while blasting deer with an M60 in one hand and a spotlight in the other.

Turns out, I wasn't wearing a seat belt. Oops.

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