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Old 11-06-2017, 11:04 PM   #1
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If you are planning on hunting pigs at night with light, would you call the game warden to give him a heads up that you will be shooting at night?


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Old 11-06-2017, 11:07 PM   #2
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nope

well it depends on where your at. If your hunting a smaller property with lots of houses and stuff around it you probably should. If your running 4k acres in the bush i wouldn't bother.

I think its fair to say they no what is going on in a area if it is infested with pigs and are hearing rifle shots and flashlights bouncing all over a field. They might come check on you but you might be able to get some good info out of them on pig tactics .

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Old 11-06-2017, 11:08 PM   #3
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During deer season, yes.

Otherwise, no.


I love hunting at night. Pigs and predators are a ton of fun to hunt.



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Old 11-06-2017, 11:16 PM   #4
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If it was with a bow then no. With a gun it’s the safe thing to do. Always good to stay on the good side of your game wardens
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:18 PM   #5
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No reason to call the police to inform them you won't be speeding on your way to work.
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:18 PM   #6
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If you are planning on hunting pigs at night with light, would you call the game warden to give him a heads up that you will be shooting at night?


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It depends.
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:32 PM   #7
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No reason to call the police to inform them you won't be speeding on your way to work.



I'm going to start kneeling if I have to start calling the law to tell them I'm not going to be breaking the law
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:38 PM   #8
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I'm going to start kneeling if I have to start calling the law to tell them I'm not going to be breaking the law
This!

The game warden in my county said I should let him know if Iím gonna hunt hogs at night...nope, not happening.

I had a 28 year reunion at my property with 10 of my high school buddies. They shot several thousand rounds one night. About a thousand rounds into it, someone asked if what we were doing was illegal...that still amuses me.
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:45 PM   #9
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If he shows up, would you like the benefit of his knowing your intentions....or not?

Because either way, that's his job.

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Old 11-06-2017, 11:53 PM   #10
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If he shows up, would you like the benefit of his knowing your intentions....or not?

Because either way, that's his job.

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Itís my place, I have no trespassing signs. His ďjobĒ does not supersede my rights as a landowner and my freedoms under the constitution.
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:09 AM   #11
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I was out shooting pigs one night. Full moon, cold. Real good night. Warden announced himself and walked in on me and said he'd been watching me. He had a PVS-14 and was rigged out for serious work. We chatted a bit and wound up walking around checking the rest of my corn for hogs and he let me use his IR. Since then I'd always text and say something like "I just pulled of ***** road with my headlights off and gonna be hunting tonight and he'd reply "I know, Just saw you".... Got my own night vision after that too!
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:12 AM   #12
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SMH.

A courtesy call isnít that hard.

A couple game wardens are members here...whatís so hard about being courteous?
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Old 11-07-2017, 01:06 AM   #13
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No.


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Old 11-07-2017, 01:34 AM   #14
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I hunted a place for several years with no problem. Went a few years without hunting it and some people built a house next to it. Went hunting again and shot few times and on the way out, had a convoy of sheriffs coming down the road. Guess I should have called!

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Old 11-07-2017, 05:35 AM   #15
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Nope. The hogs don’t even hear my bow.
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:58 AM   #16
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You turn on a spotlight especially in deer country he will get called. They really appreciate it when you give them a heads up. They donít have to drop what they are doing drive all the way across the county just to find out someone is shooting pigs. IMO
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:51 AM   #17
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Always a good idea to shoot them a text and let them know. That way when/if the neighbors call him and report someone out spotlighting he will already know it is you. Will keep them from coming in and messing up your hunt and will also save him an unneeded trip out. Good to keep positive communications with the game wardens.
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:55 AM   #18
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I usually shoot a text. No biggie, I don't get uptight over such things.
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:03 AM   #19
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Itís my place, I have no trespassing signs. His ďjobĒ does not supersede my rights as a landowner and my freedoms under the constitution.


Your rights as a landowner have absolutely zero to do with the fact that if someone is potentialy shooting deer at night it's his job to show up. And it will be a much more pleasant experience for both of you, if he's gotten a heads up...or more likely he doesn't have to show up at all.


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Old 11-07-2017, 11:08 AM   #20
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I called gw when we were going to be shooting pigs one night. He appreciated the call but said it wasnít necessary. Said he would really appreciate it if I would let my neighbors know so he wouldnít get calls in the middle of the night. Made sense to me so thatís what I do now.


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Old 11-07-2017, 11:24 AM   #21
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Heck, I called the GW just to let him know I was pig hunting during deer season and that my license was in the mail and not on my person. All I had was a receipt of purchase. He thanked me for letting him know and now I got to know one of the guys that may one day help me if I shoot something that crosses property lines.

Don't see how having a friendly convo with a GW could hurt
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:40 AM   #22
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Your rights as a landowner have absolutely zero to do with the fact that if someone is potentialy shooting deer at night it's his job to show up. And it will be a much more pleasant experience for both of you, if he's gotten a heads up...or more likely he doesn't have to show up at all.


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Yup. I enjoy seeing the Constitution invoked when discussing shooting pigs at night. Our roots to hunt pigs at night predates the Constitution can be traced back to Publius/Madison and Federalist Paper No. 46.

We don't shoot pigs at night very often, but when we do so, the game wardens get a text or email. We don't do so (shoot at night) during deer season. I also tell the neighbors. I tell Gladys Cravitz as well. That woman is such a snoop I figure I will beat her to the punch.
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:09 PM   #23
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I see it as common courtesy to let the GW/SO Know when the spotlight comes out for surveys or hunting. My goal is to keep the LEOs from having to race across the county to check me. I welcome the check, but would prefer to keep them focused where they need to be.

I recall many times during my internship with the GW having to run across the county to only find predator hunters spotlighting. Since this time, I try to make the effort to minimize the risk to the officer, public and myself.
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:13 PM   #24
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I let them know if I'll be on some property with nearby houses, but usually I'm not and therefore the game warden doesn't get a call. Plus our new game warden isn't well liked. Wish the old one hadn't retired
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:27 PM   #25
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We shoot him a text... same on the 7000 acre place we hunt as the 500
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:29 PM   #26
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He would get tired of me calling as I hunt them several nights a week. Been hunting almost every night for the last month. No I don't call. Shooting suppressed helps on the call ins.
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:29 PM   #27
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:32 PM   #28
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SMH.

A courtesy call isnít that hard.

A couple game wardens are members here...whatís so hard about being courteous?
This.
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:33 PM   #29
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No reason to call the police to inform them you won't be speeding on your way to work.
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:36 PM   #30
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I think it would just be common courtesy to do so. I'm sure the Game Warden would like to know what you're doing when he gets a call at 2AM from someone reporting spot lighting in the area so he don't have to get up and go check it out.

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Old 11-07-2017, 12:37 PM   #31
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Heck to the noooooooo
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:42 PM   #32
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If I was just gonna take a quick drive to see if a saw one I wouldn't, if I planned on being out for a while I'd call just to give a heads up..
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Old 11-07-2017, 01:05 PM   #33
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no!

Hunt way too often at night to call a warden in each county when we hunt
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Old 11-07-2017, 01:10 PM   #34
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Leave the spotlights at home. NVGs and thermal scopes. Nobody knows I'm there, including the pigs...
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Old 11-07-2017, 01:14 PM   #35
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My GW is aware that I pig hunt at night on our place a lot. I let him know that Iím typically hunting 2-3 nights a week. He appreciated me letting him know.


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Old 11-07-2017, 01:23 PM   #36
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No reason to call the police to inform them you won't be speeding on your way to work.
+1 Suppressed + NV is the way to do it anyway
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Old 11-07-2017, 01:31 PM   #37
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For some reason i think he live down by where you hunt?

I'm most likely wrong since my wife's not here :-)

If you find his number can you text it to me?

I'm. To lazy to look for it myself.
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Old 11-07-2017, 01:52 PM   #38
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We always do.

We've got a ton of poachers and a very active GW. So, it's always best for us to make his aware we are out there at night.
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Old 11-07-2017, 02:29 PM   #39
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No reason to call the police to inform them you won't be speeding on your way to work.
Not even remotely an apples to apples comparison.


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Old 11-07-2017, 03:10 PM   #40
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You are better off calling and letting him know what you plan on doing. If someone calls him in the middle of the night to investigate a possible poacher, he's going to be ****** that he had to get out of bed and come find you just to find out that you were doing nothing wrong, when a simple phone call would have allowed him to stay in bed and sleep.
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Old 11-07-2017, 03:20 PM   #41
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No, but I'm a bow only guy. If I was on a pig-killin mission w/ rifle during deer season, I might think about it.
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Old 11-07-2017, 03:30 PM   #42
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I was out shooting pigs one night. Full moon, cold. Real good night. Warden announced himself and walked in on me and said he'd been watching me. He had a PVS-14 and was rigged out for serious work. We chatted a bit and wound up walking around checking the rest of my corn for hogs and he let me use his IR. Since then I'd always text and say something like "I just pulled of ***** road with my headlights off and gonna be hunting tonight and he'd reply "I know, Just saw you".... Got my own night vision after that too!
Thatís pretty cool
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Old 11-07-2017, 03:34 PM   #43
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You are better off calling and letting him know what you plan on doing. If someone calls him in the middle of the night to investigate a possible poacher, he's going to be ****** that he had to get out of bed and come find you just to find out that you were doing nothing wrong, when a simple phone call would have allowed him to stay in bed and sleep.
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It still doesn’t make any sense for me to call him. I’m always shooting at night. It’s one of my favorite times to shoot my pistols at targets. Do I need to call that in also? One or two shots from an AR is not that big of a deal if I’m shooting hogs. Every time I kill a coon or a possum, do I need to call that in also? What about the armadillos I shoot at night? Do y’all see where this is going? If have to call the warden every time I discharge a firearm at night...I lose a lot of freedom.

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