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SPOT LIGHTING- it's a dang shame

Old 12-15-2003, 09:32 AM
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In texas you cannot hunt from a vehicle, you can hunt with a spotlight for varmit's or non-game animals.

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Old 12-15-2003, 09:37 AM
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In Minnesota it is legal until 10:00 pm I think but no weapons in vehicle are allowed. We used to do this and video tape.
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Old 12-15-2003, 12:57 PM
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We have viewed deer a lot of times either during the season, or even pre- or post-season. The same is the law here in Nebraska. You can hunt varmints/predators with spotlights, but not deer. The sad part is some people actually still hunt deer with a spot light. If you get caught with a rifle and a spot light in your vehicle during season, they can take away your privileges forever. Why risk it? It is very cool to see just how many deer are out there at night while viewing with a spot light though. It makes you realize just how smart some of these deer really are!
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Old 12-15-2003, 07:15 PM
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Jason it's against the law to hunt from a vehicle on public roads or right of ways. But it's not against the law to hunt from a vehicle on private roads or trails in Texas.
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Old 12-15-2003, 07:55 PM
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i've been spotting deer in PA since i can remember.....never been pulled over by the PGC. i know a couple of guys who have shot mechanical deer put out by the PGC, one guy got caught twice. thankfully the guy will never have a Pennsylvania Hunting Liscence again!! My wife likes to spot, i do it for her.
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Old 12-15-2003, 07:56 PM
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Here in Tn it's legal as long as no guns...myself though I would rather not close to gun season. Takes the sport out of it for me.
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:20 PM
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I personally think shining is a great tool for scouting. Several of the bucks I have shot including my biggest ever were located 1st with a spotlight. I pattern the bucks I see by keeping track of the times and places I see them. This year rumors surfaced about a huge 10 point being back around the public marsh in my hometown area. He was around last year, and after shining him in a field just after dark I nearly killed him... He moved across the road to the private land. When the rumors surfaced about him being back, I went shining and found him in a field ajacent to the private just after dark and new exactly where he must of been bedded. The next correct wind and I was set up between him and the shining field and shot him just after he got out of his bed on the 1st hunt for him this year.
The mature bucks are so nocturnal you will rarly see them in daylight unless you are very close to where they bed. Trail cameras just don't cover enough ground and are illeagle on the public land here in Wisconsin. I take inventory with my spotlight and know what bucks are available. if its a one tag situation I don't want to shoot a 150 inch buck if there is a buck running around that scores in the 180's, and I don't want to pass a 150 if its the biggest buck around. So inventory is important.

I shine the public land, and what little private ground I have, and I shine the ajacent propertys. Some landowners get mad, if they do, I avoid the area. But really its no different than driving by and looking when there out in the day. How can someone think we should not be able to look at there land or the deer that are on there property? Whatever...
I want to know if my target deer is on the public, or currently bedding on private where I can't hunt. One hour with the spotlight can tell me if I am wasting my time sitting a location or not.
I might add, that I have been spotlighting deer for over 30 years and have yet to see any certain buck abandon a field or area because of the spotlight. I see the same deer in the same fields night after night. I have not seen any differance between daylight deer movement on shined land versus non-shined land.

Every fall my property I own gets shined pretty heavy by the locals... Don't bother me one bit.

As far as poaching goes, I pretty sure if we make it against the law to shine, only law abiding citizens will suffur. Poaching is already against the law, does anybody really think a law that forbids shining will stop poachers from poaching? I know some areas are a lot more rural, but I cant see very many people shooting rifles at deer and thinking no one heard it around farming areas, and think they can just drive up and load up a deer... ? I think most people that stupid get caught.
I get pulled over and searched for weapons regularily and welcome it. My wife does animal rehab and we know the wardens and they stop and talk with us a lot. On a couple of occasions they said they saw me out shining from there plane in the sky. No matter where I was shining, I had no idea they were above me watching.

I also think a lot of things get blamed on poaching that are not.... I remember hunting a farm where a 130ish buck got hit by a car in front of me. I stopped to make sure everyone was ok. No one wanted the buck and it was left there. The next day the head was cut off... Guess someone wanted the rack. There were rumors everywhere that a spotlighter shot a deer and cut the head off
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:46 PM
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Illegal here in Vt too. They will ticket you if they even see you turn around and allow your lights to cast out into the field...if they think you are looking for deer.
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Old 12-16-2011, 04:38 PM
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When I lived in NY it was legal to spot, so long as you didn't have a firearm in your vehicle and a few other rules too. We used to get stopped all the time, they just checked for guns and told us not to shine it in or near anyones windows. I always loved going out to see what kind of deer came out under the cover of nightfall.....Definitely seen some monster deer too.
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:00 AM
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NEBbuckhunter, didnt realize there was two of us on here. Where abouts are you from?
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