LEWDOG wrote:I'm sorry but there is no way for the man to know now many floaters a floating blind tag is use on , IMHO a hunter would be a dang fool to buy 10 $35. license if he has 10 floaters unless they all are going to be use at the same time .
It is illegal, just the same. And the Warden can easily find out - all he has to do is see that tag number on different "vessels". Besides - you are posting on the internet that you "swap tags". While the internet can be an anonymous place, given the right circumstances, your identity can be acquired, and a n investigation initiated.
LEWDOG wrote:Just where does one find all of these "§ 29.1-340 , § 29.1-342 , § 29.1-346 , § 29.1-341.1. dang number laws and why would one want to find them in the first place ?
They are located here:http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+TOC2901000
. I for one want ot know the laws about hunting, other hunters legal limits, and my rights as a property owner. To each his own, I guess. - But, in all honesty - it's a self-development tactic. I enjoy personal growth bying educating myself in areas of interst and interaction, thus, I read the laws and regulations for myself, in lieu of depending on someone's elses opinions.
LEWDOG wrote:I go to a sporting store to buy my license , I fill out the paper work and they give me the metal plates and stamps and a book title Virginia Migratory Waterfowl 200* - 200@ seasons and bag limits and in that book I find all the laws and such that I will need to hunt .
Not true - those digest are condensed pamphlets, and are not complete regulation guide books. They address the most prominent matters regarding hunting - but this discussion isn't about the simple parts of the law, now is it? Let me ask you - is the "pit blind" question you have answered directly, clearly, and concisely in that pamphlet?
LEWDOG wrote:That crap that you put up on here is for GW's and lawyers and as long as I stay in the blinds on the hunt I should never need to know about such things .
Certainly your opinion to do so.....but, I do not take such risks. Besides, educating myself on the law allows me to speak intelligently to other hunters, sportsman, and Game department officials, when the opportunity arises.
OK now that we are pass all of that let's go back to the pit blind deal , I see where a boat is a boat and if something is added (under sand with a plywood top) it would need a license , but what if it was just dirt ( a hole in the earth) ? wouldn't that be like a hollow tree , a natural blind ?
A blind, is a blind, is a blind....and requires a license. Nowhere does the statute define a blind by shape, material, or construction method - merely by size (must conceal a hunter or boat).
Mike J. -
Regarding the link - Thanks. I didn't read LEWDOG's post close enough last ime - he meant Game Protection fund, and abbreviated it GP........thus, I thought he meant General Purpose Fund of the Virginia General Assembly......my error, I Should have re-read his post for clarity.
Regarding the Federal Warden- Most "field" work is where a State Warden (VDGIF) is paired up with a Federal Warden (USFWS) and they patrol or investigate cases together, and they are enforcing all applicable Game laws for the area they are in. The purpose is to leverage the government's opportunity for enforcement - where the State Warden is the area "knowledge expert" on the ground, and the "heavy gun" is the Federal Warden for prosecutorial purposes
. So - in the swapping float blind tags issue - the State Warden could start an investigation, and then find no other charges - thus a State Court appearence would be the matter of course. However, the investigation could reveal that not only is the person swapping float blind tags, baiting a marsh, and illegally trapping ducks - then the Federal Warden would engage the case and all citations are federally prosecuted. The difference being the gravity of the TOTAL nature of the offense, not just one single instance of swapping a float blind tag.
Basically - the Federal Warden will normally engage in investigations and cases of significant crime or violation. However, in certain areas of the Country - and Virginia in particular - they are the primary means of waterfowl regulation enforcement. Believe, I know first hand just how the Federal Warden can make blind laws his business.
On another note - there is no blind worth having when huntin in 65 degree weather......I am tired of breaking into a sweat setting decoys. My dog hasn't seen his neoprene jacket all year. Where is the cold and ice?