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I'm recently retired from a state fish and game dept. A pet peeve of mine is folks who will write to forums and to hunting/ trapping magazines for info they should get from a state regulatory / management agency. Most state agencies have excellent websites and many employees who are eager to explain the regulations by phone or letter. CALL 'EM, WRITE 'EM, EMAIL 'EM -sportmen pay their salaries - and they like contact with the public. Often you can learn a ton of other helpful information in the process.

I'll grant you there are occasional mistakes made but go to the source. I wish I had a penny for each phone call I answered in my career. And I wish I had a couple pennies for the number of calls I received or made trying to clear up misconceptions people obtained from poor or uninformed sources.

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+100!

Another thought- if you get incorrect info directly from the agency, you perhaps have the basis for a defense, if you unintentionally violate the law.

The same cannot be said for getting your info on an (anonymous) online forum, or the bartender, or the kid working at the gas station...
 

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Huh????

With no context, this just doesn't seem to fit here on the rimfire forum. Was this supposed to be a response to some question somewhere?
 

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Well Bill he dialed the wrong number.....🤣
 

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I once got incorrect info from a game warden and later got a ticket. However, the judge was a lot smarter than either warden and I did not have to pay for the ticket. I've also heard a couple other wardens make up laws that in fact do not exist. Get a copy of the state laws!
 

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I have a neighbor who had that experience, DNR pinched him for a made up reason, cost him well over $100.
 

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. . . . . . Get a copy of the state laws!
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when you buy a license here, the vendor is supposed to give you the rules and regs
booklet with your license purchase. if the buyer doesn't bother to read it, that's just
too bad so sad. i always get several- one for home, one for the outpost, one for
the truck glove compartment, one for the hunting pack, etc.
most of what's inside the booklet is pretty cut and dried
 

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In Iowa the reg's you get in the Bass Pro Shop where you buy your hunting permit is written up by a State hired contractor. They make a ststement that to the best of their knowledge these are the regulations but they aren't responsible if they are wrong and that if you have any questions, ask a warden. I have asked a warden and asked for a email confirmation of his answer on one occaision and he did not follow through. Also, some of the regulations in the pamplet don't look much like what I see in the actual state codes. Finally, in regard to the state codes, it says that the head of the DNR is the final authority on interpeting the law. I always thought it was the courts which did the final interpetation of laws. And another thing, if one takes the state code literally word for word, it is against the law to feed birds here and I think there are some other stuff that a good judge would say are not proper.
 
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