Some of the most common hunting violations can be avoided by researching the area, knowing your limits and paying attention during every step of the hunting process. Review five of the most common hunting violations below to prepare yourself before your next hunt.
1. Claiming a Section of Public Land for Yourself
While hunters are allowed to leave blinds set up on public land in some states, that doesn’t mean the area is reserved. Public land is public to all hunters. If you place your Stump blind in a section of public land, you have ensured that your blind will be in that spot when you go to hunt, but that doesn’t mean other hunters won’t use it in your absence. If you want to leave your Stump blind in your favorite hunting spot, you need to be prepared for the possibility that other hunters will use the blind. You can display your name, address, phone number, or any other information you’re willing to share to show that the blind is yours, but you can’t prevent other hunters from hunting the same spot.
While you are free to scout, hunt, and track wild game on public land according to your state’s regulations, private property is another matter. If wild game runs onto private property, you cannot follow it without asking the landowner/homeowner for permission. A good way to avoid the frustration of losing your game is to contact the homeowner ahead of time and let them know you’ll be hunting on public property near their land. Ask them if you have permission to follow game onto their property. If you have your answer ahead of time, you will be able to keep on the animal’s trail and won’t have to deal with confrontation.
3. Not Wearing Blaze Orange
Stump blinds are insulated, so you’ll want to take off your coat or jacket when you’re inside to stay cool. However, if you take your blaze orange clothing off inside the blind, you must remember to put it back on when you leave the blind to retrieve your harvest. Consider having your blaze orange article of clothing something you won’t need to take off. Wear a thin blaze orange vest or a blaze orange hat at all times to ensure that you’re complying with your state’s requirements.
4. Improper Tags
If you have hunting tags for multiple types of game, it could be easy to confuse the tags in the dark and accidentally tag a deer with a turkey tag and vice versa. Use the Stump Light in your blind to give yourself enough light to see your tags clearly. Pull out the proper tag before you leave the blind to make sure you’re tagging your game correctly.
5. Shooting from the Road
In most every state, it is illegal to take a shot at wild game from your vehicle and/or on the road. Though it might be hard to turn down an opportunity to take a shot at the deer you’ve been waiting for when it’s standing right in front of you, resist the urge and think about safety. When you make it to your blind, you’ll have the additional excitement of knowing that deer is out there, you just have to wait for it. When the deer finally arrives at your Stump blind, you’ll be able to make the harvest and take it back to your vehicle using our Husky Hauler Utility Sled.
The topics listed above demonstrate a few of the most common hunting violations, but they can all be avoided. Make sure you research your state’s hunting regulations, pay attention to your surroundings, and try to avoid confrontation. If you arrive for your hunt with the appropriate information, you’ll be able to hunt confidently and legally all season.
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