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post #1 of 78 (permalink) Old 06-09-2019, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Shooting garden visitors-legal?

We have always grown a garden. This year we seem to have an abundance of 4 legged visitors (rabbits, groundhog, etc) that are enjoying the sprouts of our labor. I have 2 questions based off of that:

1. Is it legal to shoot said small game critters outside of the season that are caught in the act of munching down?

2. Do the safety zone rules still apply when taking animals in such a manner?

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post #2 of 78 (permalink) Old 06-09-2019, 10:56 PM
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pretty sure you can only shoot for crop damage if you make a living off whats planted. back yard gardens dont meet the definition of a crop.

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post #3 of 78 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 04:42 AM
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Why would the game laws not apply?
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post #4 of 78 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 06:11 AM
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1....No


2....Yes
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post #5 of 78 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys for the reply.

Just to be clear- Im not looking for a way to skirt around the law. Im looking for a legal way to take care of a problem Im having.
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post #6 of 78 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 08:24 AM
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Now that you asked this question on a public forum watch the air above you for the PGC drone making sure your little munchers aren't bothered. Lol, I think.
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post #7 of 78 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 08:26 AM
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Live traps?
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post #8 of 78 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 08:43 AM
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Nah, it can't be that simple.
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post #9 of 78 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 08:46 AM
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Not sure how tight you are space-wise with other houses...but a bow or crossbow might be an option for the groundhogs (safety zone drops to 50 yards).

I have live-trapped rabbits and relocated to try to save our garden from them, but ultimately we decided to fence it each year. They do the majority of their damage at night, so the fence has worked out well for us.
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I know "people" that have "accidentally" left a dish of the green Kool-aid around their garden for such pests...
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