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Offline dmoua

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Re: Scouting deer while carrying a shotgun??
« Reply #50 on: April 13, 2017, 10:48:27 AM »
I've been stopped by Fish and game while scouting with my rifle in the summer. They asked me why I was carrying a rifle. I asked them in return, is there a law stating I cannot carry a rifle? and their answer was simply no. We chatted for a few minutes before we went our own ways.

On a side note, if you have your 2017 Hunting license, coyote is open year round. You can use that as a reasoning as well even though you don't need one.
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Re: Scouting deer while carrying a shotgun??
« Reply #51 on: April 13, 2017, 12:30:10 PM »
If you are scouting an area that is known to (or could) contain bear or cougar (pretty much statewide), and bear/cougar season is open, if you get the bear and cougar tags (only an extra $11) you can claim, very legitimately that you are hunting bear and/or cougar while deer scouting.

As noted, even if it's too early for bear or cougar seasons to be open, or you don't want to pay for the tags, as long you have the current year license you can state you are coyote hunting while deer scouting. 

I think the only real issue is that you are not allowed to hunt coyotes at night with lights in areas open to general season deer or elk hunting during the respective seasons.  Which isn't what you are wanting to do anyway.

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Re: Scouting deer while carrying a shotgun??
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Re: Scouting deer while carrying a shotgun??
« Reply #53 on: April 16, 2017, 07:53:03 AM »
A holstered sidearm of choice might make your scouting a bit easier.  To the casual observer, you also look less like you're hunting and more like you're just having a day in the woods.  :twocents: 
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Re: Scouting deer while carrying a shotgun??
« Reply #54 on: April 16, 2017, 07:33:26 PM »
Just remember you are guilty until proven innocent these days.


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