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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-14-2013, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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posting baited property

does the pgc have to post a property as "baited" if they in fact find bait on the property or hunters on the property illegally harvesting deer?
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-14-2013, 04:47 PM
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Re: posting baited property

Yup,
And if I remember right and the WCO's that are members can weigh in here, they (Responding WCO ) can post as much or as little property that they feel is affected by the baiting.
I do not believe property lines come into play either. If the bait pile is near a property line the WCO may post both properties. The WCO wants to make sure that any deer that have become accustomed to the bait pile are not harvested due to there travel pattern to the pile until the deer become less accustomed to the pile after removal.

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Re: posting baited property

the property that was baited was never actually posted... i was told by a wco that it was baited and if i was caught on the property i would be cited....it was given a 30 day pd. i never hunted the property until the 30 day pd passed but i know for a fact others did, i actually saw them on the property. the property was never posted as a baited property.
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Re: posting baited property

NO, they do not have to post the property as baited although they may.


Upon discovery of such baited areas, whether prosecution is contemplated or not, the commission <span style="font-weight: bold">may </span>cause a reasonable area surrounding the enticement to be posted against hunting or taking game or wildlife. The posters shall remain for 30 days after complete removal of the bait.



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Re: posting baited property

So John, could they(wco's) then in turn cite a hunter for hunting on the property? How would the hunter know he was hunting on baited property if it wasn't posted? Sounds like that hunter would have a pretty good argument to me.
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Re: posting baited property

He told you it was baited.

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Lifes...read my above post...i did noy go near the place until AFTER he said it was ok...but others did. Could they have been cited?
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Re: posting baited property

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He told you it was baited.
I'll bite. A WCO may not know every individual that hunts a property. IF a WCO doesn not want a formerly baited property hunted, he sure must have to post the area as such (off limits). No district justice worth their salt would find a hunter guilty of hunting prior baited property if it was not marked as such.

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Re: posting baited property

Brings to mind a good story from my area. Several years ago a local guy bought 90 acres near me. He included a "hunting rights" clause for the old gentleman that sold him the land, out of kindness, and due to the fact that he does not hunt, but has nothing agaisnt it. Fast forward several years, the old gentleman passes away. The first day of deer season the landowner hears a drive going on. Upon inspection, he finds a son of the previous owner, and about a dozen of his friends, hunting on the property. After informing him to leave, a ruckus breaks out that may turn ugly. The new owner, being a pretty intelligent guy, backs off. The next day he has 20 ton of shelled corn delivered. Him and his son spend the early morning spreading the corn around the entire property. When the wiseguy son shows up again, he tells him the property has been baited (True), and also tells him the proper authorities have been notified
( Not True ), and if he sets foot on the place he will be arrested for hunting over bait. After a blistering run of curses, Mr. Wiseguy departs and has never been back. True story, one I like because he used all the advantages he had to get rid of the guy, without violence.

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He didn't have to resort to buying umpteen hundreds of dollars worth of feed corn to rid a trespasser from his land. A call to a local LEO probably would have done the trick.

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