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The only time you need to be twenty-five yards from the road is after you have sighted game and alight from a motor vehicle. You can walk along the road or sit on the road berm and be legally hunting if you want. You just can't shoot at game on or across the road unless your line of fire is high enough to not hit any vehicle that could be traveling on the roadway.

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RSB, I always appreciate your input on this forum. I keep hearing some very misleading intel on what constitutes using a motor vehicle to locate game. Recently, a wco told me that if driving around after a snowstorm that you see tracks and return to hunt those tracks that you could be cited.
Technically anytime you are using a motor vehicle in an attempt to locate game then trying to kill that game you are using a motor vehicle to hunt under the definition of the law.

But, most officers recognize the FACT that there are gray areas that mean some things simply shouldn't be charged since the courts are not going to support some charges. What the court will bear though can vary across the various jurisdictions across the state and sometimes within the county. Once higher courts rule on something though that decision can be binding across the entire country or even the state.

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Ah, but is it?
So, if you're going to your hunting property (wherever that may be), you better hope you don't see the game in season right before you park? See what I mean, it's not against the law to see game from your vehicle and go hunt it.
That is where the law about being 25 yards off of a public road comes in. If you are driving from one hunting spot to another or to or from your home and a hunting spot and sight game you can only attempt to take that game bird or animal after you have walked twenty-five yards off of the road. That means walking OFF of the roadway not just walking twenty-five yards along the roadway before taking the shot though.

Conversely if you are walking along the roadway after hunting and trying to get back to your vehicle you are good to shoot from the road's berm.

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