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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-22-2019, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
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Not to hijack the 25 yards from the road thread.....

...and apologies if this gets the popcorn poppers popping, but......

Reading the 25 yards from the road thread and the comments about setting up on the berm, ect, not being a violation or using a vehicle to locate game.

Everyone on here has seen the threads on the legality of stopping and calling during turkey season.

The result is always that this practice is a violation. I get that, and I accept it, but know a lot of hunters who don't.

So, is this legal?

I drive down the road, park, get my gun, walk 30 yards off the traveled section of the road, call.....when I don't hear anything, I decide to try another spot. Unethical, maybe, but.....legal?

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Don't slab your car door or accidentally hit the horn. I've had turkeys respond to those sounds.
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I think the first time you do it, walk 30yds, make a call, dont get a response and move on is fine. It's doing it over and over that the GW's can argue is stalking or unfair chase. Unethical, sure, could call it that. For me, I like to scout, find a good area, and hunt it. I'll move around some, but would NEVER consider driving, parking, walking 30yds, calling and moving on if I dont get a response. That's not hunting in my book.
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Nor mine.....I guess I should have said, “asking for a friend....”
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My best guess is it's up to the Warden's interpretation. You kinda know road hunting when you see it, and I certainly see a lot of it especially in deer season and more and more in archery since xbows. Driving down the road 3 mph with the windows down. I would not define moving between turkey spots to locate birds road hunting. That's getting a little overzealous. My vehicle is certainly allowed to transport me between hunting locations, so long as I hunt when I get there and don't actively hunt from the vehicle.
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... So, is this legal?

I drive down the road, park, get my gun, walk 30 yards off the traveled section of the road, call.....when I don't hear anything, I decide to try another spot. Unethical, maybe, but.....legal ?
In my OPINION, this would be subject to an officer's interpretation based on all the facts as observed.

For example:

Was the vehicle parked well off the berm, and appears to be parked for a period of time, or was the vehicle still halfway on the road, not locked up, etc ?

Was any wildlife observed prior to the hunter stopping ?

The 25 yard criteria applies to alighting & shooting, not to an individual who has parked his vehicle for an extended period of time, and proceeds to go hunting.

Lots of variables !

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I always find it amusing that you're supposed to drive around with your blinders on.
I have several areas I hit mid mornings that often have birds out in the fields.

I'm going there, I'm hunting there regardless of me seeing or hearing a bird from the truck because I know birds are there.
But, if I see birds from my moving vehicle, I legally can't hunt there? That's just silly.
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Parking and walking in 30 yards and then loading and calling is a legal hunt as long as you are not doing it on posted property and you are the required 150 yard distance from a residence.
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I'm not aware that there's a limit on how many spots you can visit in a morning. Might not be my thing but I don't see anything illegal or unethical about the OP.
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