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I went to archery hunting yesterday in an area where I have a fixed stand only this time I was going deeper into the bottom past my fixed stand. I have only hunted the area once before sitting in my fixed stand. On the way in I had to walk by the area that has my lock on and there is yellow tape stating "PA Game Commission Bait Area" the tape was wrapped around trees and was in about 100 yard radius. My fixed stand is inside this radius. I called the North Central Regional Office and they informed my that bait was most likely found in the area. As I said I only hunted it once, So I am confused about the goings on. I dont know exactly where the bait was located but the told me it would be best to remove my stand. Which I am going to when I have time. I have a feeling someone trying to make me look bad in front of the landowner. What are your thoughts?
 

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Before you take that stand down I would try to get a hold of a warden to escort you or atleast talk to one. That area will be watched and I don't think you want associated with that area right now. I wouldn't even hunt anywhere near it.
 

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I didnt last night I was 1/2 mile away have no intention on hunting it. I am still waiting to hear from local warden. This really has me upset being the last week. And I dont want my name associated with breaking game laws. Thats why I called the office to do the right thing and be law abiding.
 

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You did the right thing IMO. With that tape in a parimeter around your stand you can guarentee that whomever put it there knows the location of your stand also. Goodluck and I hope you don't get pinched for this, probably going to be a tough one to get out of if your accused.

One of the reasons I don't like the "generic" baiting law, for the simple reason that if you share an area with somebody that has a stand in view that you don't want there, just scatter some bait on the ground and call your regional office, nobody will be able to hunt it.

The baiting law needs revamped and I honestly don't have any suggestions.
 

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I hope I dont get pinched either. When I saw the tape my first thought was that they were trying to bait a bear into a trap but I would have never guessed this. I know of another stand real close to mine but I have know idea if his is in the perimeter either. I know the guy and have talked to him before I actually tried to call him to see if he knows what is going on. I just wish the warden would call so i can get to the bottom of all this.
 

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the good thing is that you decided not to hunt it and did not even enter it..... dont worry about being pinched for it.... the baiting laws are set up to charge you if you are caught hunting over the bait.... not having a stand located there if you do not go in.....
 

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Spoke to another hunter that hunts that area. Someone has already been cited. The Game Warden called me today and gave me the update and asked if I could still hunt anywhere near there and he said as long as I am not withing the marked boundary I would be OK.
 

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How big of an area is off limit? We found a baited area on the boundry of the property I hunt last year. It was on the other property but we were afraid to turn it in because we were afraid "our" area would be off limit. The baited area was within 20ydrs of their tree stand on their property.
 
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