Dutch,I'm pretty sure in the 2005 or 2006 hunting digest it specifically states that you cannot serach for game after legal hunting hours unless a WCO is notified.It was only mentioned in the digest one year but it was definately in there and beat to death on these boards when it was posted.Dutch said:Now wait, you can't look for a deer, without weapons, after dark?
That guy needs re-educated!!!!!!! Or he needs to be released!
Gino,WV Gino Home said:>Five days have passed and not a single WCO has responded.
Because they don't want get into this can of worms. This subject has been beat to death before the and vast majority of hunters won't like to read what I will am going to post.
You can not LEGALLY look for game outside of hunting hours. It's not shooting hours even though that was the phrase that was used in the digest for eons. It's "hunting hours". Looking for a wounded deer is "hunting" no matter if your bow is back at the truck. IMHO it's stupid but that is the law.
There is one retired WCO that has expressed his opinion that a bow hunter should stop hunting at a point where you would need enough time to wait and then track a deer. In other words if you think you should wait a half hour to start looking for a deer and then might need an hour to find it you should climb out of your stand an hour and a half before hunting hours end.
You might as well not even have a bow season if you can't hunt the evening.
WCO's in the past have said to call the regional office if you have to look for a deer after hours and get their blessing. Not sure how you can get a legal blessing to violate the law. I can't call the regional office and ask to hunt deer on a Sunday.
This is a back pocket issue for WCO's. An issue that they want absolute power of being able to create law, administer law and adjudicate law.
Here is the deal. They come across someone looking for a wounded deer an hour after hunting hours end. If they think you look on the up and up they let the law breaker slide because if the law was properly written you would be legal with no weapon out looking for game shot during legal shooting hours. If they don't like the looks of you or have a history with you they now have something to pull out of their back pocket and hammer you with. It's like "well I heard rumors about you but was never able to catch you other wise but I got you now".
This is one of those laws that hurt a great number of hunters doing nothing ethically wrong to be able to punish a few.
Yeah,you're right. I'm suprised he hasn't chimed in.Glenn D said:Thanks for the input BT.. actually my post was a poke at JohnS.. he seems to always be right on top of such drivel.. I can't imagine such a post as this would miss his attention for five days!!
Best regards, Glenn
Beartrppr said:Or maybe they don't sit in front of the computer all day long, everyday! Geez, give us a break.Boy, you'd have to be really reaching to try and cite a non licensed hunter helping his buddy find a deer after dark with no weapon. I've seen it quite a bit over 30 years of game law enforcement and never had a problem with it.
If you can't get your answer as quickly as you want why not just call Harrisburg or your regional office. Be thankful these guys on here give us their help (even though sometimes it is not what we want to hear. They are on here on thier own not getting paid .Glenn D said:Five days have passed and not a single WCO has responded.
Seems like a relatively easy question to answer..
I can't imagine a WCO citing a non-licensed person for helping to recover a game animal after legal shooting hours.. ??
Or maybe they collectively think a citation in such matters could be an "ace" up the sleeve and don't want to give up the trump card.. ??
Best regards, Glenn