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March 28, 2008

BuckTracker: Shed Poacher Candid Camera

By Scott Bestul

Lots of deer guys pull their trail cameras for the season -- a good idea for routine maintenance and battery replacement -- but this camera was out long enough to catch a shed poacher in the act.

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The photo is a little blurry, but the young gentleman (and I use the term loosely) has antlers in his hands as well as a backpack stuffed full of them. He was caught and the photo used to prosecute him for trespassing. Unfortunately, for some reason the antlers were not confiscated and his fine was a meager one. However, he did confess to  trespassing on other properties and may face additional charges.

I'm interested in hearing whether other readers have caught trespassers with trail cameras? One of my hunting buddies snapped a photo of a neighbor walking past one of our tree stands last summer. How 'bout other oddities? Let me know, and send pics if you've got 'em!

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from shamer wrote 5 years 41 weeks ago

WOW!!! This is one crazy outa-control story. My thoughts are that this Jim guy(landowner) is a crybaby, hes blew this thing way outta proportion. What a LOSER!

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from John D wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Have you done your google search yet, moron?

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from Blinger wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Most of these outa-state landowners have all qualifying land wrapped-up in government programs such as crp, filter strips, and timber reserve. Nearly all these acres are tax-exempt, so these "deer-farmers" dont have land taxes to worry about for the most part. These programs are great for multiple reasons and are a great addition towards preserving wildlife and limiting erosion. Im confused bowhunter, who is receiving a half-million or twenty grand?

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from thebowhunter wrote 5 years 50 weeks ago

now you guys can say what you want but how many people are giving you and where from a half of million to 20.000 a year to live off ,nobody giving it to me

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from thebowhunter wrote 5 years 50 weeks ago

now if you will notice at the top of this page it says,,,,5.96 billion dollars payed out from 95 to 2006,now all you hunters set back and think about where your tax dollars are going and all the places that dont let you hunt

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from thebowhunter wrote 5 years 50 weeks ago
from thebowhunter wrote 5 years 50 weeks ago

i agree with redwillow i know for a fact that all these so called land owners get a check in the mail every time they turn around,like i siad before there told what to plant,thats why food is so high now days ,when the gov is tell each farmer what not to plant ,u guys might not belive it but i worked at a elevator hear all the wineing stories first hand,i know one guy that said he gets checks in the mail allthe time and he dont even know what there for any more,and for the guy that said look it up on google you look it up on google your the one that lives in a concrete world,not mei know what goes on with farmers ill look up a ling i got and i will put it on this page then you guys vcan look at it and see what you think about your tax money on where and whos getting it ,,just type in your neighbors name and you will see

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from MJQUICK wrote 5 years 50 weeks ago

No, this topic will not end because people still havent had a better topic to discuss and argue over. Im sure after all this publicity Levi will think twice about shed hunting next year, kid pry hates sheds now! lol. As for the landowner, yes he has all the right to do what he wants on his land. But I would bet my last dollar he has those "self-choice" feeders out before the season ends, "self-choice" being in his choice of wether or not to shoot the deer(buck)below his stand. Im sure hes playing the role of outa-stater that comes in to Iowa thirty days before seasons open as to claim residency in Iowa. Which is another crock of B.S. law that Iowa allows along with weak trespassing fines, which if it was the kids first then maybe he has learned.

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from JB wrote 5 years 50 weeks ago

I havent read this since april 1. Will it ever go away. NO.If you read the landowners viewpoint, he does what he wants, on his own land , with his own money. He has earned that right to do that by buying the land. Levi Ward tresspassed. Do you think he would have left the camera if he saw it??? It seems the Iowa court system and dnr dropped the ball on this one. I agree that it is time to go fishing, but next year leave out your trail cameras a little later in the year, you might see Levi again.I agree with Jim 100%.

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from redwillow wrote 5 years 50 weeks ago

i had to put it up there twice, maybe you all will get it then!

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from redwillow wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

i will bet my last dollar that the guy that left the 4,000 dollars worth of corn standing is getting free tax money for the land he has, and you dummies from the city are not smart enough to figure it out. and he is not going to tell you that part. time to wake up and listen to what's being said. there living off of your tax money like kings while your living the life of a paid slave, just like the south said you would 158 years ago.

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from redwillow wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

i will bet my last dollar that the guy that left the 4,000 dollars worth of corn standing is getting free tax money for the land he has, and you dummies from the city are not smart enough to figure it out. and he is not going to tell you that part. time to wake up and listen to what's being said. there living off of your tax money like kings while your living the life of a paid slave, just like the south said it would 158 years ago.

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from MJQUICK wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

Kinda old topic. Get over deer-farmers.

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from ty wrote 6 years 1 day ago

To the Landowner- I agree with you 100% you never know if this guy is carrying a firearm and what he is willing to do in order to save his own hide. To those who are saying trespassing isnt that bad, If he had gotten seriously hurt and tried to sue the land owener is it still not serious? The bottom line is it is illegal to go on to some one elses land with out permission, just like smoking weed is illegal. you might not agree with it but its illegal.

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from John D wrote 6 years 1 day ago

Dude, do a frickin Google search.

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from thebowhunter wrote 6 years 2 days ago

then he should know what a bag of feed costs if he bought it to plant,,i was just wondering i heard from a guy in iowa that it was up to 800 dollars a bag

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from MJQUICK wrote 6 years 3 days ago

The landowner in this fued isnt a farmer. He has left the corn for his own (deer) enjoyment, something that many people here in Iowa seem to be doing these days.

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from the bow hunter wrote 6 years 4 days ago

so are any of you farmers gonna tell me what a bag of that seed corn costs or cant ya ,,maybe its just sent to you place after the gov tells you what to plant ,pry dont even know what a bag costs!!!!!

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from thebowhunter wrote 6 years 4 days ago

i dont belive for a second that some left 4000 dollers worth of corn in a feild to feed a deer ,aint seen a farmer yet that has done it unless they are getting some thing out of it in return like selling sheds grew up around farmers all my life

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from DrLegalToo wrote 6 years 6 days ago

This sounds rather like a family feud. May I comment even though I am not related to either side?Those are good questions, Mr Legal, and few of us grow old without some tickets if we drive very much. Yes, you are right, there probably are worse offenses out there to be solved but we are dealing with this one. I think the difference here may lie in the simple definitions they taught us in law school regarding the distinction between trespasses termed "Malum in se" and the ones termed "Malum prohibitum."MALUM IN SE - Evil in itself.An offence malum in se is one which is naturally evil, as murder, theft, and the like; offences at common law are generally mala in sese.An offence MALUM PROHIBITUM, on the contrary, is not naturally an evil, but becomes so in consequence of its being forbidden; as playing at games, which being innocent before, have become unlawful in consequence of being forbidden. [ERGO - Holding a fishing rod when it is taken as breaking a prohibition against fishing by unlicensed adults. Such is NOT evil in itself]Regarding apologies: A major difference between the types of Malas - - those convicted of Malum prohibita (misdemeanors) pay a fine and nobody gets an apology. Those convicted of Malum in se (misdemeanors or felonies) OFTEN are required to GIVE apologies and/or to pay RESTITUTION (repayment) for damages, to the victim(s) of their bad actions. They never GET apologies.In my court Mr. Ward would owe the landowners for damages due to his thefts.Respectfully submitted: DrLegalToo

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from John D wrote 6 years 1 week ago

He said substidy.

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from thebowhunter wrote 6 years 1 week ago

sounds like the guy that come to iowa and bought land just to plant corn for the deer to eat and left fout thousand dollars worth of corn standing for deer dont have to worry about money or he would of picked it in the fall,,i hope he aint one of these guys getting a substidy check from the gov for his fields

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from the bowhunter wrote 6 years 1 week ago

first of all id like to say legal or not baiting in deer to shoot aint even a sport,,and in this state its against the law to pick up sheds,unless your a land owner,,real fair aint it,,another gimic ,and that warden that wrote you the ticket he done that on purpose,that is for sure,,,how many grown ups have a snoopy rod in there hand with a six year old boy fishing,,,the game warden he knew that he just had to show his authority one more time is all,and the guy that says a shed sold for 19.000 dollars whos he kidding he dont seel sheds if he had that one worht 19.000 he would of sold it instantly,does he think people or dumb or what???and speaking of the high corn prices,i had a guy from iowa tell me that a bag of seed corn cost over 800 dollars now i aint ever heard of that is that true or is this guy full of it like he is most the time,some body tell me, that

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from John D wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Amen.

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from MrLegal wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Did you think of the ramifications of your speeding? Do you realize that the speed limits are there for a purpose? Yes, for your safety and the publics. Your law breaking could have resulted in a much more serious accident than young Levi, people or children could have been hurt by your speeding. The only people Levi could have hurt was possibly himself. You make it out like a tresspasser is the worst offender possible, where I look at it as yours being much worse. Point being, he paid his court appointed fines, you paid your court appointed fines, let it be done. Levi doesn't need a public apology any more than you do. There are much worse offenses out there that we should be worrying about.

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from jim wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Absolutely. I have been given several speeding tickets over the course of 43 years and 11 months of driving,but, I didn't get up the morning of the day I got the ticket and INTENTIONALLY prepared to go speeding later that day....I never said I was perfect......come to think of it,about 30 years ago when my son was about six,and on the first warm day in March I took him fishing.Because of his age no fishing license was required. He saw a snake, handed me the Snoopy rod, and took off after the snake. The game warden pulled up,walked over to me at the edge of the pond and asked to see my fishing license. I explained about the snake(WHICH MY SON WAS STILL TRYING TO CATCH) and the warden wrote me a $25. citation,and, as he walked away, commented that next time maybe I should chase the snake and let the kid hold on to the "Snoopy Rod"....so, I guess I have gotten a "fish/game" violation.

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from Mr. Legal wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Jim, Have you ever been picked up for speeding?

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from walleyejig wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Shed seasons over guys n gals. Pick up a pole and find a new topic, preferably one not so cold-hearted. Let it die! The fish are starting to tug at the lines, that should help. Happy Fishin

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from cmc wrote 6 years 1 week ago

I am one of the property owners next to the farm that was trespassed on by Levi Ward. I don't think Jim should have to defend himself for anything. Levi Ward trespassed on his property and several other properties that are posted and that is ILLEGAL! An acquaintance of Levi's was told that they were bragging that they were close enough to one of the farms they trepassed on that they could see in the property owners windows. How would any of you like that! NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO GO ONTO ANOTHER PERSONS PROPERTY WITHOUT PERMISSION! PERIOD....I go out on my acreage alone all the time and I don't want to meet some stranger in my woods. How would any of you feel if your wife or children were confronted by some stranger on your property. If they trespass for shed hunting, they will probably trespass for hunting. I might remind you all of that incident in Wisconsin back in 2004 when 6 hunters were killed and 2 were injured on their own property. I personally know family members of the people who were killed. That was the result of a TRESPASSER!!

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from JMS wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Well said!!! Thanks for setting the record straight!!

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from jim wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Guys, I AM THE LANDOWNER, and he is ABSOLUTELY trying to stir the pot. It is 100% legal to have feeders on your property.(I have 3 home made,small wooden "free choice" feeders that we put up off season with cameras to see what shows up.COMPLELELY LEGAL as long as all food is gone and you don't hunt over them,which WE DON'T)In fact, we remove feeders long before hunting season.(Remember,Levi Ward was trespassing on my property in early March long after hunting season ended) In addition,mineral supplements are also legal if you don't hunt over them. We haven't put out ANY minerals for two years,yet,prior to purchasing my farm it was at one time a cattle place and we have a huge hole that I suspect was a salt area that cattle used. We have a tripod stand that is close to this area because it is also where we had established our clover and apple food plots.NO MINERALS/SALT have been added to this area,and,anybody that knows anything about deer biology knows that deer utilization of minerals/salt is primarily a spring/summer activity. I don't use or need feeders/minerals to kill deer.All of the food plots we do,we do because it's fun and because you think you are helping to grow some healthy deer.I guess if a game warden tells me it is illegal I will be happy to try to fill the hole, but I suspect the deer will just dig it up. I am 60 years old.I have NEVER broken a game law in my life and have never been arrested /charged with a game law violation.If you don't do it"fair and square" it ain't worth doing!!I only bowhunt(nothing against gun hunters)but, if I can't get it with a bow,well,it's no big deal to me. I've taken plenty of deer, both small and large. I eat a bunch of tags.I pass up deer that sometimes I even think I am a few bubbles"off plumb" for not shooting. I passed two, 150 plus ten points this year...they'll be bigger next year and maybe my neighbors or I will have the pleasure of seeing them again.I am at that stage of my life where I get an incredible amount of enjoyment out of planting food plots, kicking and smelling dirt,getting trail cam pics,shed hunting,and socializing with friends and neighbors with similar interests.When I left $4,000. of corn standing in my field in January I did so for two reasons:1, I knew it would attract a bunch of deer and I couldn't wait to shed hunt in March, and,2,I knew we were having one of the worst winters in recorded Iowa weather history.We videoed taped 60-70 deer almost every night in our corn.I purposely stayed out of the area so I could start shed hunting around March,11 unfortunately, Levi Ward, a 22 year old man(not a boy as some suggested)trespassed on my property and,although he claims he never found a shed on my farm,we were basically CLEANED OUT after he left. I believe the photo showing him with a backpack full of sheds and several in his hands tells a different story.Levi's dad owns hundereds of acres.,he has plenty of land to shed hunt on.He travelled approx. ten miles from home and intentionally trespassed on multiple farms to get to mine(it's in the CO'S report)He paid a $100. fine......crime does pay. He has never apologized, never offered to return any sheds to any of the property owners.The sheds were never confiscated.....by the way, my neighbors friend was offered $1,500. for a 105" shed he found this year and,last year at the Debuoke Iowa Deer Antler Auction a matched set of world class sheds sold for $19,000.!! We don't sell sheds, we just like to see what's out there roaming in our neck of the woods...Levi owes everyone a public apology,and should return the sheds to those property owners where they were picked up....sorry for the long post...I get a little worked up when I think about what he did....wonder how he would feel if I show up on his family farm next year,unannouced, and start shed hunting?

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from WildView wrote 6 years 1 week ago

An interesting piece of info!!!: I have heard from 3 different sources that this landowner had bait-stations/mineral licks in place, with treestand/podstand setups right over the top of them!!! I wouldnt want anyone walking around on my ground seeing my hunting habits either, considering the laws involved with that type of thing.Or maybe the guy caught on film is just trying to stir the pot!!!

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from John D wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

Lesson here being: don't walk across open fields. That's all.

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from the bowhunter wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

in this state your found guilty till proven inoccent,most the time

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from backwoods17 wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

It's not trespassing unless you get caught

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from Fighting Irish wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

Sounds like this landowner owns the deer/sheds. I take it this is a high fenced area location in Iowa? If I was him I would confront the kid personally, just to know what this persons thoughts are.

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from thebowhunter wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

heres some thing to think about,,these guys dont want nobody hunting any where for any thing,in this state all they have done for 30 years is try to get pheasant seaons closed for road hunting, its already been closed for deer, they try to claim the ditches to but we all pay taxes,so what does this tell us,what it tells me is they dont want any body to hunt any thing,and this state payes farmers to to use land for the public to hunt on,,but you cant hunt it with standing hay or feilds,you got to wait till every thing is picked and no cover remains,they only lease land that is worhtless any how in most cases,,and most of it the reason its leased is because theres no grass on it any way for there cattle ,like most of western south dakota,this stuff aint hard to figure out

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from the bowhunter wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

and by the way did this guy by these deer or did they jump over the fence and he claimed them,,kind of like around here with the deer and pheasants if they think they own them animals maybe they should put up a 12 foot fence to keep them in our cars hit deer every day,if it was there cattle then some thing would be done to keep them in

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from thebowhunter wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

the only way a farmer would put up a 12 foot fence is if are tax dollars payed for it!!!!!!!!!!

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from FRANK wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

WOULD WE ALL RATHER SEE 12 FOOT FENCES ON EVERY PROPERTY BOUNDARY?? I DONT THINK SO, JUST GET YOUSELF A VISUAL OF THAT WHILE YOU ARE RIDING THROUGH A SCENIC AREA.

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from JS wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

Hey Shedhunter...just curious how you feel about the TRESPASSING issue here. If this guy had never trespassed I don't think that any of us would have ever heard Jim complaining about the money he spent on corn. What got all the attention is this guy trespassing and stealing sheds. It doesn't really matter how good of a farmer Jim is or if you think he was foolish to leave his corn on the ground for the deer. The bottom line is this guy was trespassing with the intent to steal the sheds. Is that part OK with you?!! Wonder if you would feel different if it was a trespasser on your property.

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from shedhunter wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

The landowner(Jim), seems to be whinning about his corn left standing, expressing his concern for it-the amount of bushels he left and the prices incorporated into that. On every hunting website, as well as on-air (WHO 1040) he has brought up his concerns about his corn! What amazes me is how greatly this corn issue bothers him...he obviously left the corn standing for the purpose of deer food, knowing 100% that this corn would be eaten and all profits deminished due to the deer.I also remember a statement from Jim himself while on-air claiming to have produced corn at more than 200 bushel/acre. For a food plot thats some great turnouts. He may want to consider farming, grow corn and reap the profits next year with corn prices being so high.

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from thebowhunter wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

so then the guy doing the shed poaching is actually a farmers son that is on another guys property,,,,,,, aint that supizing, i know of a guy in this stated that use to do this same kind of stuff,he only owned 20.000 acres then his kids would walk the neighbors land in the dark the opening morning of gun season and scre these big mulies on to there own property,seems to be alot of these guys around like that

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from jim wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

(from the guy who owns the farm,that's me)I made it a point to do my best to establish good relationships with my neighbors when I bought land and moved to Iowa.I had a rough start in some cases but, I believe my neighbors and I get along great.We may not totally agree on wildlife management specifics/philosophies but we respect each others opinions and openly communicate..AND,WE ALWAYS CALL TO GET PERMISSION TO ENTER ON NEIGHBORING PROPERTIES.This trespasser showed no respect for the multiple landowners on whose land he trespassed. His father owns a whole lot more land than I do. I wonder how he would feel if next March I decided to shed hunt on his farms before his son did?

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from JB wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

I cant believe the comments that would be in favor of this guy or tresspassing. In my home state of Maryland written permission is required.In the Iowa hunting regs. it says that entering property without the express permission of the owner is tresspassing.The guy in the photo looks like a pro. Its not his land and he had no business being there. That should be the end of the story.

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from Kyle G wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

I had a very strange encounter this past season where two people came by riding on horses while i was hunting on MY property. I was more shocked that mad. At first i thought it was a huge deer.

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from John wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

Do you think by trespassing this shed poacher was "trying to get a long with his neighbor"? Didn't sound like Jim was crying to the DNR about the money he spent on the corn...just about that fact that this joker was trespassing and taking the sheds he wanted to find on HIS property.I wouldn't blame the out of staters for running up the price of land...the locals are the ones setting the prices!

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from JD wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

I would like to know if this owner even lives in iowa. I farm and hunt in southern iowa and it gets hard to make a living when out of staters come here run up the price of landto make there own hunting preserve. I have had far more damage to my crops than $4000 from deer that dont know which side of the fence to stay on ive never cryed to the DNR but darnd if when I hunt them they find there way back a cross the fence. I can tell you from the passed if you dont atemped to get a long with your neighbors things most likely will only get worse. I would think hes not going to be back let him pay his fine and get over it

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from thebowhunter wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

where i come from which is South Dakota,,the farmers around here got a no hunting sign on every fence post,, and dont want any body to hunt any thing unless you pay for it,theres very few farmers thatlet you hunt ,when ya find one that does let you hunt then they let every body in,,and in the mean time i found from a farmer that the game and fish gives these farmers green steal fence panles to keep deer out of there silage pits ,them farmers are suspsoe to let people hunt that get these fence panels but they dont tell any body this,and the same guys that dont let you hunt cry to the game and fish and get corn gave to them because the deer have ate some of theres,,but still dont let you hunt,,sounds about right dont it

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from Sexy Man wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

Way to Go Jim Woooo Hoooo... It's about time some fires back at these people with the facts i support you 110%... Let's say you had a trap out there and he stepped on it then youd be out more money because he would try and sue you...

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from jim wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

For the person who commented "how miserly and possesive"...well it was my farm and my cameras that took the pictures. We have additional photos plus a 15 sec. video clip.How would you feel if you planted a $3,000 corn plot, left 1,000 bushels standing($4,000. value)to feed local deer and four days before you showed up to shed hunt have this trespasser,jump your fence and walk out with a backpack and hand full of sheds!My friends and I enjoy finding sheds to see what bucks are left after the season. We don't sell the sheds, we just like finding them and seeing how much they grow the following year. Although he claims he never found a shed on my farm the pictures tell another story.Last year I picked up 22 sheds in 3 hours with no corn. I invested thousands and he paid a $100. fine....looks like crime does pay.

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from Sexy Man Sr. wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

I think my Son Said it pretty good.. I'm still New to this Internet thing.. God i'm Getting to old..If you move out of the City you won't People stealing your Skunks.. And you know your getting the land Becuase we both know your Brother would Sell it Before the Funeral is over.. But i ain't dead yet so if u wnna walk my land ask or like my son said you better be watchin out for more then Cameras..Signed,The Real Sexiest Man STILL ALIVE!!!!

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from Troy wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

I live in Alabama, and my next door neighbor had two guy friends of hers put up a fence where her field borders my woods. I got a trail cam pic that same day of them walking on my property and later found a couple beer cans laying nearby. I confronted her, and told her if she couldn't keep her buddies off my property, I'd turn in the photo and prosecute them. I just can't believe how some people can be so disrespectful towards other people and their property nowadays.

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from Adam wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

We have a big problem with people tresspassing on our hunting property in Georgia. We have a trail camera photo of a young boy on our land. It is very frustrating. It seems like there is always some kind of tresspassing issue on our property. Not to mention the ones you never even know about.

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from JT wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

I cant believe that some people on this site believe that it is OK to trespass!!! Some of us may not mind if a neighbor walks onto our land but no one should assume that everyone feels that way. Private property is just that...private. As sportsman we should show our neighbors respect. There are enough people who would let you walk their land if you ask permission that you do not have to trespass on land where you are not given permission.

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from Sexy Man wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

I showed this Picture to my father who has a considerable amount of land that i'm hoping to inherit one day and he took one look at the picture and said, " this guy's lucky, he stepped foot on my land and he be getting shot by more then a Camera"... It's the Principle of the fact even if he didnt take anything if you dont own the land dont use it.. My father is fair with his land if you ask him He will most likely even let you hunt on it, But people like this are no better then the People who walk up and steal the Skunk Sculptures in your Front yard,( I'll find you, you S.O.B i swear i will), But seriously just ask if you get a no go somewhere else...P.S.- If you read this Pop i don't want your money just leave me the land, i'm the only one who wont sell it!!!!Signed,The Sexiest Man Alive

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from ricefarm wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

Why don't you want people wandering on your property, without permission and your knowledge? Because the same person who well grant themselves access to wherever they damn well please is the same person who will sue you if they get injured on your property. It doesn't mean they will win, but it does mean that at a minimum you will have to spend time and possibly money defending yourself, as well as the aggravation and stress involved. Not only that, but the person who has no problem wandering your property univited is quite likely to help themselves to anything that is not locked up or bolted down (and some things that are). Property rights are near and dear to the freedoms this country was founded on, and anyone who says property owners are obliged to let someone else come on to their property univited "as long as they aren't hurting anything" is almost never going to be someone who owns any more than the lot their house sits on.

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from POLARIS wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

This is a picture from iowawhitetail.com & I believe this was in Iowa. Check it out it's a great website.

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from lloydeddy wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

hard to believe but asian people will ingest anything they think will inhance there life and if a buck is to be made people will find a way to do it legal or not

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from lloydeddy wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

hard to believe but asian people will ingest anything they think will inhance there life and if a buck is to be made people will find a way to do it legal or not

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from randy wilson wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

no but i caught the land owner next to me seting in my blind isnt that some bull

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from Wanda wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

If you own land and post it legally here in Maine,you have got to verbally tell a person that comes onto it they need to have permission or you don't want them there before they can get in trouble.As a shed hunter or any other hunter it is out of respect for the landowner to ask that permission. Maine doesn't fence in its deer like many southern states and finding sheds can be tough but you can on public lands(and there is LOTS) without permission or most landowners don't mind you looking for them.Sounds like this landowner is a greedy one..what does he do with all of them? I do know people use them for arts and crafts but what else?medicinal purposes?I thought that was only moose antlers and bear gall bladders.I happen to cut them up,put them in a nylon and use them as rattle bags,LOL and heck,if I lose one in the woods ,the squirrels,porcupines,etc got something to chew on;-)

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from Visitor wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

I suppose if a tree on your property shed its leaves you would have a fit if your neighbour collected a few for compost! Grow up! Trespassing ? Poaching shed antlers ? My how miserly and possessive we have become! Come to Canada where we still have lots of land to wander and hunt upon and don`t freak out if your neighbour picks up a few old antlers off the forest floor before the rodents rtender them to dust. or for heavens sake .. has the temerity to actually WALK PAST your deer stand !!!

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from Rick wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

Seems to me it would have been better for this guy if he just asked permission to shed hunt on the property.I have been collecting antlers for the past 18 years and as much as I enjoy doing that it is not worth trespassing for.

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from jstreet wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

Kind of like fence sitting isn't it.People like to sit near fences to hunt deer until they catch their neighbors doing the same thing.Jim

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from John D wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

Dang man, if I could scratch up that many sheds on my neighbor's property, they'd need a mote, a pack of attack pit bulls, armed guards, razor wire, land mines, booby traps ... no, it'd still be worth it. But don't let me catch that sumbitch on my place! : )

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from jstreet wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

Unless you can prove the sheds came from the land he was on (and how is that possible) what else can you charge him with?It amazes me how much value people are putting on sheds today. I can see picking them up for use as rattling antlers, or to compare the year to year growth on your hunting land of certain bucks, but now people are paying good money for them and I've yet to figure out why.I guess you could have a taxidermist put them on a mount and you could claim you killed it to your buddies, but gee where's the satisfaction in that?To each their own I guess.

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from shed hunter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

i have been shed hunting like all of march and i have found both sides to a deer i call freak nasty he has 17 points and scored over 170 and i have found like 20 other antlers im 15 and i LOVE shed hunting

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from Mr. Dynamite wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Shed Hunter, have you found any more sheds yet this year?

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from shed hunter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

i have been shed hunting like all of march and i have found both sides to a deer i call freak nasty he has 17 points and scored over 170 and i have found like 20 other antlers im 15 and i LOVE shed hunting

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from shamer wrote 5 years 41 weeks ago

WOW!!! This is one crazy outa-control story. My thoughts are that this Jim guy(landowner) is a crybaby, hes blew this thing way outta proportion. What a LOSER!

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from John D wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Have you done your google search yet, moron?

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from Blinger wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Most of these outa-state landowners have all qualifying land wrapped-up in government programs such as crp, filter strips, and timber reserve. Nearly all these acres are tax-exempt, so these "deer-farmers" dont have land taxes to worry about for the most part. These programs are great for multiple reasons and are a great addition towards preserving wildlife and limiting erosion. Im confused bowhunter, who is receiving a half-million or twenty grand?

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from thebowhunter wrote 5 years 50 weeks ago

now you guys can say what you want but how many people are giving you and where from a half of million to 20.000 a year to live off ,nobody giving it to me

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from thebowhunter wrote 5 years 50 weeks ago

now if you will notice at the top of this page it says,,,,5.96 billion dollars payed out from 95 to 2006,now all you hunters set back and think about where your tax dollars are going and all the places that dont let you hunt

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from thebowhunter wrote 5 years 50 weeks ago
from thebowhunter wrote 5 years 50 weeks ago

i agree with redwillow i know for a fact that all these so called land owners get a check in the mail every time they turn around,like i siad before there told what to plant,thats why food is so high now days ,when the gov is tell each farmer what not to plant ,u guys might not belive it but i worked at a elevator hear all the wineing stories first hand,i know one guy that said he gets checks in the mail allthe time and he dont even know what there for any more,and for the guy that said look it up on google you look it up on google your the one that lives in a concrete world,not mei know what goes on with farmers ill look up a ling i got and i will put it on this page then you guys vcan look at it and see what you think about your tax money on where and whos getting it ,,just type in your neighbors name and you will see

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from MJQUICK wrote 5 years 50 weeks ago

No, this topic will not end because people still havent had a better topic to discuss and argue over. Im sure after all this publicity Levi will think twice about shed hunting next year, kid pry hates sheds now! lol. As for the landowner, yes he has all the right to do what he wants on his land. But I would bet my last dollar he has those "self-choice" feeders out before the season ends, "self-choice" being in his choice of wether or not to shoot the deer(buck)below his stand. Im sure hes playing the role of outa-stater that comes in to Iowa thirty days before seasons open as to claim residency in Iowa. Which is another crock of B.S. law that Iowa allows along with weak trespassing fines, which if it was the kids first then maybe he has learned.

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from JB wrote 5 years 50 weeks ago

I havent read this since april 1. Will it ever go away. NO.If you read the landowners viewpoint, he does what he wants, on his own land , with his own money. He has earned that right to do that by buying the land. Levi Ward tresspassed. Do you think he would have left the camera if he saw it??? It seems the Iowa court system and dnr dropped the ball on this one. I agree that it is time to go fishing, but next year leave out your trail cameras a little later in the year, you might see Levi again.I agree with Jim 100%.

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from redwillow wrote 5 years 50 weeks ago

i had to put it up there twice, maybe you all will get it then!

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from redwillow wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

i will bet my last dollar that the guy that left the 4,000 dollars worth of corn standing is getting free tax money for the land he has, and you dummies from the city are not smart enough to figure it out. and he is not going to tell you that part. time to wake up and listen to what's being said. there living off of your tax money like kings while your living the life of a paid slave, just like the south said you would 158 years ago.

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from redwillow wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

i will bet my last dollar that the guy that left the 4,000 dollars worth of corn standing is getting free tax money for the land he has, and you dummies from the city are not smart enough to figure it out. and he is not going to tell you that part. time to wake up and listen to what's being said. there living off of your tax money like kings while your living the life of a paid slave, just like the south said it would 158 years ago.

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from MJQUICK wrote 5 years 51 weeks ago

Kinda old topic. Get over deer-farmers.

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from ty wrote 6 years 1 day ago

To the Landowner- I agree with you 100% you never know if this guy is carrying a firearm and what he is willing to do in order to save his own hide. To those who are saying trespassing isnt that bad, If he had gotten seriously hurt and tried to sue the land owener is it still not serious? The bottom line is it is illegal to go on to some one elses land with out permission, just like smoking weed is illegal. you might not agree with it but its illegal.

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from John D wrote 6 years 1 day ago

Dude, do a frickin Google search.

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from thebowhunter wrote 6 years 2 days ago

then he should know what a bag of feed costs if he bought it to plant,,i was just wondering i heard from a guy in iowa that it was up to 800 dollars a bag

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from MJQUICK wrote 6 years 3 days ago

The landowner in this fued isnt a farmer. He has left the corn for his own (deer) enjoyment, something that many people here in Iowa seem to be doing these days.

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from the bow hunter wrote 6 years 4 days ago

so are any of you farmers gonna tell me what a bag of that seed corn costs or cant ya ,,maybe its just sent to you place after the gov tells you what to plant ,pry dont even know what a bag costs!!!!!

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from thebowhunter wrote 6 years 4 days ago

i dont belive for a second that some left 4000 dollers worth of corn in a feild to feed a deer ,aint seen a farmer yet that has done it unless they are getting some thing out of it in return like selling sheds grew up around farmers all my life

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from DrLegalToo wrote 6 years 6 days ago

This sounds rather like a family feud. May I comment even though I am not related to either side?Those are good questions, Mr Legal, and few of us grow old without some tickets if we drive very much. Yes, you are right, there probably are worse offenses out there to be solved but we are dealing with this one. I think the difference here may lie in the simple definitions they taught us in law school regarding the distinction between trespasses termed "Malum in se" and the ones termed "Malum prohibitum."MALUM IN SE - Evil in itself.An offence malum in se is one which is naturally evil, as murder, theft, and the like; offences at common law are generally mala in sese.An offence MALUM PROHIBITUM, on the contrary, is not naturally an evil, but becomes so in consequence of its being forbidden; as playing at games, which being innocent before, have become unlawful in consequence of being forbidden. [ERGO - Holding a fishing rod when it is taken as breaking a prohibition against fishing by unlicensed adults. Such is NOT evil in itself]Regarding apologies: A major difference between the types of Malas - - those convicted of Malum prohibita (misdemeanors) pay a fine and nobody gets an apology. Those convicted of Malum in se (misdemeanors or felonies) OFTEN are required to GIVE apologies and/or to pay RESTITUTION (repayment) for damages, to the victim(s) of their bad actions. They never GET apologies.In my court Mr. Ward would owe the landowners for damages due to his thefts.Respectfully submitted: DrLegalToo

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from John D wrote 6 years 1 week ago

He said substidy.

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from thebowhunter wrote 6 years 1 week ago

sounds like the guy that come to iowa and bought land just to plant corn for the deer to eat and left fout thousand dollars worth of corn standing for deer dont have to worry about money or he would of picked it in the fall,,i hope he aint one of these guys getting a substidy check from the gov for his fields

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from the bowhunter wrote 6 years 1 week ago

first of all id like to say legal or not baiting in deer to shoot aint even a sport,,and in this state its against the law to pick up sheds,unless your a land owner,,real fair aint it,,another gimic ,and that warden that wrote you the ticket he done that on purpose,that is for sure,,,how many grown ups have a snoopy rod in there hand with a six year old boy fishing,,,the game warden he knew that he just had to show his authority one more time is all,and the guy that says a shed sold for 19.000 dollars whos he kidding he dont seel sheds if he had that one worht 19.000 he would of sold it instantly,does he think people or dumb or what???and speaking of the high corn prices,i had a guy from iowa tell me that a bag of seed corn cost over 800 dollars now i aint ever heard of that is that true or is this guy full of it like he is most the time,some body tell me, that

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from John D wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Amen.

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from MrLegal wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Did you think of the ramifications of your speeding? Do you realize that the speed limits are there for a purpose? Yes, for your safety and the publics. Your law breaking could have resulted in a much more serious accident than young Levi, people or children could have been hurt by your speeding. The only people Levi could have hurt was possibly himself. You make it out like a tresspasser is the worst offender possible, where I look at it as yours being much worse. Point being, he paid his court appointed fines, you paid your court appointed fines, let it be done. Levi doesn't need a public apology any more than you do. There are much worse offenses out there that we should be worrying about.

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from jim wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Absolutely. I have been given several speeding tickets over the course of 43 years and 11 months of driving,but, I didn't get up the morning of the day I got the ticket and INTENTIONALLY prepared to go speeding later that day....I never said I was perfect......come to think of it,about 30 years ago when my son was about six,and on the first warm day in March I took him fishing.Because of his age no fishing license was required. He saw a snake, handed me the Snoopy rod, and took off after the snake. The game warden pulled up,walked over to me at the edge of the pond and asked to see my fishing license. I explained about the snake(WHICH MY SON WAS STILL TRYING TO CATCH) and the warden wrote me a $25. citation,and, as he walked away, commented that next time maybe I should chase the snake and let the kid hold on to the "Snoopy Rod"....so, I guess I have gotten a "fish/game" violation.

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from Mr. Legal wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Jim, Have you ever been picked up for speeding?

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from walleyejig wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Shed seasons over guys n gals. Pick up a pole and find a new topic, preferably one not so cold-hearted. Let it die! The fish are starting to tug at the lines, that should help. Happy Fishin

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from cmc wrote 6 years 1 week ago

I am one of the property owners next to the farm that was trespassed on by Levi Ward. I don't think Jim should have to defend himself for anything. Levi Ward trespassed on his property and several other properties that are posted and that is ILLEGAL! An acquaintance of Levi's was told that they were bragging that they were close enough to one of the farms they trepassed on that they could see in the property owners windows. How would any of you like that! NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO GO ONTO ANOTHER PERSONS PROPERTY WITHOUT PERMISSION! PERIOD....I go out on my acreage alone all the time and I don't want to meet some stranger in my woods. How would any of you feel if your wife or children were confronted by some stranger on your property. If they trespass for shed hunting, they will probably trespass for hunting. I might remind you all of that incident in Wisconsin back in 2004 when 6 hunters were killed and 2 were injured on their own property. I personally know family members of the people who were killed. That was the result of a TRESPASSER!!

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from JMS wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Well said!!! Thanks for setting the record straight!!

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from jim wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Guys, I AM THE LANDOWNER, and he is ABSOLUTELY trying to stir the pot. It is 100% legal to have feeders on your property.(I have 3 home made,small wooden "free choice" feeders that we put up off season with cameras to see what shows up.COMPLELELY LEGAL as long as all food is gone and you don't hunt over them,which WE DON'T)In fact, we remove feeders long before hunting season.(Remember,Levi Ward was trespassing on my property in early March long after hunting season ended) In addition,mineral supplements are also legal if you don't hunt over them. We haven't put out ANY minerals for two years,yet,prior to purchasing my farm it was at one time a cattle place and we have a huge hole that I suspect was a salt area that cattle used. We have a tripod stand that is close to this area because it is also where we had established our clover and apple food plots.NO MINERALS/SALT have been added to this area,and,anybody that knows anything about deer biology knows that deer utilization of minerals/salt is primarily a spring/summer activity. I don't use or need feeders/minerals to kill deer.All of the food plots we do,we do because it's fun and because you think you are helping to grow some healthy deer.I guess if a game warden tells me it is illegal I will be happy to try to fill the hole, but I suspect the deer will just dig it up. I am 60 years old.I have NEVER broken a game law in my life and have never been arrested /charged with a game law violation.If you don't do it"fair and square" it ain't worth doing!!I only bowhunt(nothing against gun hunters)but, if I can't get it with a bow,well,it's no big deal to me. I've taken plenty of deer, both small and large. I eat a bunch of tags.I pass up deer that sometimes I even think I am a few bubbles"off plumb" for not shooting. I passed two, 150 plus ten points this year...they'll be bigger next year and maybe my neighbors or I will have the pleasure of seeing them again.I am at that stage of my life where I get an incredible amount of enjoyment out of planting food plots, kicking and smelling dirt,getting trail cam pics,shed hunting,and socializing with friends and neighbors with similar interests.When I left $4,000. of corn standing in my field in January I did so for two reasons:1, I knew it would attract a bunch of deer and I couldn't wait to shed hunt in March, and,2,I knew we were having one of the worst winters in recorded Iowa weather history.We videoed taped 60-70 deer almost every night in our corn.I purposely stayed out of the area so I could start shed hunting around March,11 unfortunately, Levi Ward, a 22 year old man(not a boy as some suggested)trespassed on my property and,although he claims he never found a shed on my farm,we were basically CLEANED OUT after he left. I believe the photo showing him with a backpack full of sheds and several in his hands tells a different story.Levi's dad owns hundereds of acres.,he has plenty of land to shed hunt on.He travelled approx. ten miles from home and intentionally trespassed on multiple farms to get to mine(it's in the CO'S report)He paid a $100. fine......crime does pay. He has never apologized, never offered to return any sheds to any of the property owners.The sheds were never confiscated.....by the way, my neighbors friend was offered $1,500. for a 105" shed he found this year and,last year at the Debuoke Iowa Deer Antler Auction a matched set of world class sheds sold for $19,000.!! We don't sell sheds, we just like to see what's out there roaming in our neck of the woods...Levi owes everyone a public apology,and should return the sheds to those property owners where they were picked up....sorry for the long post...I get a little worked up when I think about what he did....wonder how he would feel if I show up on his family farm next year,unannouced, and start shed hunting?

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from WildView wrote 6 years 1 week ago

An interesting piece of info!!!: I have heard from 3 different sources that this landowner had bait-stations/mineral licks in place, with treestand/podstand setups right over the top of them!!! I wouldnt want anyone walking around on my ground seeing my hunting habits either, considering the laws involved with that type of thing.Or maybe the guy caught on film is just trying to stir the pot!!!

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from John D wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

Lesson here being: don't walk across open fields. That's all.

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from the bowhunter wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

in this state your found guilty till proven inoccent,most the time

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from backwoods17 wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

It's not trespassing unless you get caught

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from Fighting Irish wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

Sounds like this landowner owns the deer/sheds. I take it this is a high fenced area location in Iowa? If I was him I would confront the kid personally, just to know what this persons thoughts are.

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from thebowhunter wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

heres some thing to think about,,these guys dont want nobody hunting any where for any thing,in this state all they have done for 30 years is try to get pheasant seaons closed for road hunting, its already been closed for deer, they try to claim the ditches to but we all pay taxes,so what does this tell us,what it tells me is they dont want any body to hunt any thing,and this state payes farmers to to use land for the public to hunt on,,but you cant hunt it with standing hay or feilds,you got to wait till every thing is picked and no cover remains,they only lease land that is worhtless any how in most cases,,and most of it the reason its leased is because theres no grass on it any way for there cattle ,like most of western south dakota,this stuff aint hard to figure out

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from the bowhunter wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

and by the way did this guy by these deer or did they jump over the fence and he claimed them,,kind of like around here with the deer and pheasants if they think they own them animals maybe they should put up a 12 foot fence to keep them in our cars hit deer every day,if it was there cattle then some thing would be done to keep them in

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from thebowhunter wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

the only way a farmer would put up a 12 foot fence is if are tax dollars payed for it!!!!!!!!!!

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from FRANK wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

WOULD WE ALL RATHER SEE 12 FOOT FENCES ON EVERY PROPERTY BOUNDARY?? I DONT THINK SO, JUST GET YOUSELF A VISUAL OF THAT WHILE YOU ARE RIDING THROUGH A SCENIC AREA.

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from JS wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

Hey Shedhunter...just curious how you feel about the TRESPASSING issue here. If this guy had never trespassed I don't think that any of us would have ever heard Jim complaining about the money he spent on corn. What got all the attention is this guy trespassing and stealing sheds. It doesn't really matter how good of a farmer Jim is or if you think he was foolish to leave his corn on the ground for the deer. The bottom line is this guy was trespassing with the intent to steal the sheds. Is that part OK with you?!! Wonder if you would feel different if it was a trespasser on your property.

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from shedhunter wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

The landowner(Jim), seems to be whinning about his corn left standing, expressing his concern for it-the amount of bushels he left and the prices incorporated into that. On every hunting website, as well as on-air (WHO 1040) he has brought up his concerns about his corn! What amazes me is how greatly this corn issue bothers him...he obviously left the corn standing for the purpose of deer food, knowing 100% that this corn would be eaten and all profits deminished due to the deer.I also remember a statement from Jim himself while on-air claiming to have produced corn at more than 200 bushel/acre. For a food plot thats some great turnouts. He may want to consider farming, grow corn and reap the profits next year with corn prices being so high.

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from thebowhunter wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

so then the guy doing the shed poaching is actually a farmers son that is on another guys property,,,,,,, aint that supizing, i know of a guy in this stated that use to do this same kind of stuff,he only owned 20.000 acres then his kids would walk the neighbors land in the dark the opening morning of gun season and scre these big mulies on to there own property,seems to be alot of these guys around like that

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from jim wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

(from the guy who owns the farm,that's me)I made it a point to do my best to establish good relationships with my neighbors when I bought land and moved to Iowa.I had a rough start in some cases but, I believe my neighbors and I get along great.We may not totally agree on wildlife management specifics/philosophies but we respect each others opinions and openly communicate..AND,WE ALWAYS CALL TO GET PERMISSION TO ENTER ON NEIGHBORING PROPERTIES.This trespasser showed no respect for the multiple landowners on whose land he trespassed. His father owns a whole lot more land than I do. I wonder how he would feel if next March I decided to shed hunt on his farms before his son did?

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from JB wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

I cant believe the comments that would be in favor of this guy or tresspassing. In my home state of Maryland written permission is required.In the Iowa hunting regs. it says that entering property without the express permission of the owner is tresspassing.The guy in the photo looks like a pro. Its not his land and he had no business being there. That should be the end of the story.

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from Kyle G wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

I had a very strange encounter this past season where two people came by riding on horses while i was hunting on MY property. I was more shocked that mad. At first i thought it was a huge deer.

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from John wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

Do you think by trespassing this shed poacher was "trying to get a long with his neighbor"? Didn't sound like Jim was crying to the DNR about the money he spent on the corn...just about that fact that this joker was trespassing and taking the sheds he wanted to find on HIS property.I wouldn't blame the out of staters for running up the price of land...the locals are the ones setting the prices!

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from JD wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

I would like to know if this owner even lives in iowa. I farm and hunt in southern iowa and it gets hard to make a living when out of staters come here run up the price of landto make there own hunting preserve. I have had far more damage to my crops than $4000 from deer that dont know which side of the fence to stay on ive never cryed to the DNR but darnd if when I hunt them they find there way back a cross the fence. I can tell you from the passed if you dont atemped to get a long with your neighbors things most likely will only get worse. I would think hes not going to be back let him pay his fine and get over it

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from thebowhunter wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

where i come from which is South Dakota,,the farmers around here got a no hunting sign on every fence post,, and dont want any body to hunt any thing unless you pay for it,theres very few farmers thatlet you hunt ,when ya find one that does let you hunt then they let every body in,,and in the mean time i found from a farmer that the game and fish gives these farmers green steal fence panles to keep deer out of there silage pits ,them farmers are suspsoe to let people hunt that get these fence panels but they dont tell any body this,and the same guys that dont let you hunt cry to the game and fish and get corn gave to them because the deer have ate some of theres,,but still dont let you hunt,,sounds about right dont it

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from Sexy Man wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

Way to Go Jim Woooo Hoooo... It's about time some fires back at these people with the facts i support you 110%... Let's say you had a trap out there and he stepped on it then youd be out more money because he would try and sue you...

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from jim wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

For the person who commented "how miserly and possesive"...well it was my farm and my cameras that took the pictures. We have additional photos plus a 15 sec. video clip.How would you feel if you planted a $3,000 corn plot, left 1,000 bushels standing($4,000. value)to feed local deer and four days before you showed up to shed hunt have this trespasser,jump your fence and walk out with a backpack and hand full of sheds!My friends and I enjoy finding sheds to see what bucks are left after the season. We don't sell the sheds, we just like finding them and seeing how much they grow the following year. Although he claims he never found a shed on my farm the pictures tell another story.Last year I picked up 22 sheds in 3 hours with no corn. I invested thousands and he paid a $100. fine....looks like crime does pay.

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from Sexy Man Sr. wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

I think my Son Said it pretty good.. I'm still New to this Internet thing.. God i'm Getting to old..If you move out of the City you won't People stealing your Skunks.. And you know your getting the land Becuase we both know your Brother would Sell it Before the Funeral is over.. But i ain't dead yet so if u wnna walk my land ask or like my son said you better be watchin out for more then Cameras..Signed,The Real Sexiest Man STILL ALIVE!!!!

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from Troy wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

I live in Alabama, and my next door neighbor had two guy friends of hers put up a fence where her field borders my woods. I got a trail cam pic that same day of them walking on my property and later found a couple beer cans laying nearby. I confronted her, and told her if she couldn't keep her buddies off my property, I'd turn in the photo and prosecute them. I just can't believe how some people can be so disrespectful towards other people and their property nowadays.

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from Adam wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

We have a big problem with people tresspassing on our hunting property in Georgia. We have a trail camera photo of a young boy on our land. It is very frustrating. It seems like there is always some kind of tresspassing issue on our property. Not to mention the ones you never even know about.

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from JT wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

I cant believe that some people on this site believe that it is OK to trespass!!! Some of us may not mind if a neighbor walks onto our land but no one should assume that everyone feels that way. Private property is just that...private. As sportsman we should show our neighbors respect. There are enough people who would let you walk their land if you ask permission that you do not have to trespass on land where you are not given permission.

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from Sexy Man wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

I showed this Picture to my father who has a considerable amount of land that i'm hoping to inherit one day and he took one look at the picture and said, " this guy's lucky, he stepped foot on my land and he be getting shot by more then a Camera"... It's the Principle of the fact even if he didnt take anything if you dont own the land dont use it.. My father is fair with his land if you ask him He will most likely even let you hunt on it, But people like this are no better then the People who walk up and steal the Skunk Sculptures in your Front yard,( I'll find you, you S.O.B i swear i will), But seriously just ask if you get a no go somewhere else...P.S.- If you read this Pop i don't want your money just leave me the land, i'm the only one who wont sell it!!!!Signed,The Sexiest Man Alive

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from ricefarm wrote 6 years 2 weeks ago

Why don't you want people wandering on your property, without permission and your knowledge? Because the same person who well grant themselves access to wherever they damn well please is the same person who will sue you if they get injured on your property. It doesn't mean they will win, but it does mean that at a minimum you will have to spend time and possibly money defending yourself, as well as the aggravation and stress involved. Not only that, but the person who has no problem wandering your property univited is quite likely to help themselves to anything that is not locked up or bolted down (and some things that are). Property rights are near and dear to the freedoms this country was founded on, and anyone who says property owners are obliged to let someone else come on to their property univited "as long as they aren't hurting anything" is almost never going to be someone who owns any more than the lot their house sits on.

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from POLARIS wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

This is a picture from iowawhitetail.com & I believe this was in Iowa. Check it out it's a great website.

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from lloydeddy wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

hard to believe but asian people will ingest anything they think will inhance there life and if a buck is to be made people will find a way to do it legal or not

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from lloydeddy wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

hard to believe but asian people will ingest anything they think will inhance there life and if a buck is to be made people will find a way to do it legal or not

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from randy wilson wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

no but i caught the land owner next to me seting in my blind isnt that some bull

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from Wanda wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

If you own land and post it legally here in Maine,you have got to verbally tell a person that comes onto it they need to have permission or you don't want them there before they can get in trouble.As a shed hunter or any other hunter it is out of respect for the landowner to ask that permission. Maine doesn't fence in its deer like many southern states and finding sheds can be tough but you can on public lands(and there is LOTS) without permission or most landowners don't mind you looking for them.Sounds like this landowner is a greedy one..what does he do with all of them? I do know people use them for arts and crafts but what else?medicinal purposes?I thought that was only moose antlers and bear gall bladders.I happen to cut them up,put them in a nylon and use them as rattle bags,LOL and heck,if I lose one in the woods ,the squirrels,porcupines,etc got something to chew on;-)

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from Visitor wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

I suppose if a tree on your property shed its leaves you would have a fit if your neighbour collected a few for compost! Grow up! Trespassing ? Poaching shed antlers ? My how miserly and possessive we have become! Come to Canada where we still have lots of land to wander and hunt upon and don`t freak out if your neighbour picks up a few old antlers off the forest floor before the rodents rtender them to dust. or for heavens sake .. has the temerity to actually WALK PAST your deer stand !!!

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from Rick wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

Seems to me it would have been better for this guy if he just asked permission to shed hunt on the property.I have been collecting antlers for the past 18 years and as much as I enjoy doing that it is not worth trespassing for.

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from jstreet wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

Kind of like fence sitting isn't it.People like to sit near fences to hunt deer until they catch their neighbors doing the same thing.Jim

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from John D wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

Dang man, if I could scratch up that many sheds on my neighbor's property, they'd need a mote, a pack of attack pit bulls, armed guards, razor wire, land mines, booby traps ... no, it'd still be worth it. But don't let me catch that sumbitch on my place! : )

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from jstreet wrote 6 years 3 weeks ago

Unless you can prove the sheds came from the land he was on (and how is that possible) what else can you charge him with?It amazes me how much value people are putting on sheds today. I can see picking them up for use as rattling antlers, or to compare the year to year growth on your hunting land of certain bucks, but now people are paying good money for them and I've yet to figure out why.I guess you could have a taxidermist put them on a mount and you could claim you killed it to your buddies, but gee where's the satisfaction in that?To each their own I guess.

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from Mr. Dynamite wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Shed Hunter, have you found any more sheds yet this year?

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