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Conservation Officer Road Check
Posted: 21 November 2011 02:39 PM   [ Ignore ]
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On our way home from Calhoun county the conservation officers were making any truck or suv leaving the county on the hardin bridge pull over to be questioned.  When I was pulled over (truck with ATV on trailer) I was asked if I had any deer meat.  I said no.  I was then asked to present my permits and my hunting license.  I presented the officer my license and my two unfilled permits, I have nothing to hide.  He looked at them and sent me on my way.  My sister who was behind me was pulled over as well (truck with a trailer/utv).  She had left her permits at the cabin so the officer took her drivers license and determined that she had permits and hunting license.  We both play by the book and I actually told the officer that I appreciated there effort.  But I must say, this seemed like a waste of time to me.  If someone was being dishonest, they could of just said they were not hunting.  Even with a ATV, a shotgun etc. in the car, the officer has no proof that the person was actually hunting.  I guess if the guy had a dead deer in the back of his truck the officer could see if it was tagged but how many poachers out there are going to drive around with a poached deer in their truck?  Maybe they do?  The officer did not ask to search my vehicle or my sisters, and I assume he couldn’t because he did not have a cause to do so?  Well, I hope they were able to bag some poachers, I guess I’m just wondering how productive this tactic was.  Just seemed like there might have been a better way to put the officers to use, possibly checking on all the unscrupulous outfitters that have invaded the county.

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Posted: 21 November 2011 07:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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While I support the DNR Conservation Police and all their efforts to uphold the laws this is one tactic I do not agree with in the least bit. It is profiling and it is not right. I was not aware that IL participated in this type of screening, ND is bad about it on the interstates checking duck hunters. If they stop all vehicles and all people, fine. When they go for hunters in trucks and SUV’s it’s profiling. If we set up a checkpoint in downtown Chicago and stopped every vehicle that had tricked out wheels and tinted windows looking for drugs it wouldn’t fly. But this does, because we as hunters just go along with it and don’t complain. Don’t really feel like getting to deep in this tonight, but I didn’t like what I read, and am sorry you had to go through that. If they are going to go to that much trouble, why not just bring back the check stations….

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Posted: 21 November 2011 08:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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ever seen a poacher go to a check station

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Posted: 21 November 2011 11:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Colt you have the right to refuse their request and not answer any questions ask a cpo or better ask a states attorney what the conviction rate for these stops are its about 5percent But its ahuge deterrent to poachers when they know the roadblocks are there.

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Posted: 21 November 2011 11:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I don’t know if its a deterrent or not.  I guess I just know the legalities of it.  The officer asked if I had deer meat 2 or 3 times.  I had a cooler in the back of my truck and maybe thats why he was asking.  He then asked to see my hunting license and permits, but I don’t know why.  I wasn’t hunting when he pulled me over so what business was it to him if I had my license and permits with me.  All I had to do was say, “I wasn’t hunting” and he could not prove that I wasn’t.  I guess if a guy has a deer in eyesight I guess the CPO could investigate it.  He did not ask to search my cooler or contents of my truck, probably because he legally couldn’t.  Doesn’t an officer have to have a valid reason to pull someone over?  As colt implied, cars were just waved thru, any truck or SUV was forced off the road and interrogated.

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Posted: 21 November 2011 11:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Sunday had a cpo pull into farm i wasnt hunting just talking to a couple of guys who were. The cpo checked them out lic foid permits he then asked guy why his gun wasnt cased leaning on door he told him if buck came out of spoilbanks he was going to shoot it he looked a little puzzled he turned and asked for my permits i told him wasnt hunting and i see no reason for a search he then stated i wasnt wearing orange i told him thats right because i didnt want to stick out in the pew I was glad to see him young in early twenties but unfortunatley he was just responding to asstinace call from other cpo We hyad some serious incidents in northrn fulton southern knox sat night anxious to see if any of makes it to the media sat 5 early shots 6 late shots some may hae been guys shooting muzzloaders but who really knows

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