Sunday, November 16, 2008

Firearms Season is Done


Well, we live in the 200 zone and Deer hunting ended this evening at sundown.

This is the old farmyard where Louisa and I got our deer. Louisa is up in the stand.

We went there again tonight, and to the cemetery, and over to another spot. We saw plenty of deer, just none within a good range for our guns.

I had three church services this morning and pre-marriage counseling.

Road Hunters: pains in the Glutaei Maximi

There seemed to be quite a few road-hunters this year. By that, I mean hunters who didn't have permission to go on private property and would shoot from the road into someone's agricultural or otherwise prohibited land. Agricultural land and corral land is off limits. The rest is mostly posted as off limits.

Road hunters need to ask permission before they can hunt anywhere up here.

If you come up here to our area to take potshots from the road into our pastures and cropland you can expect that we will call the DNR to report you.

I've found shells and casings as well as footprints on lands that only Louisa and I had permission to hunt.

Here's what the law says.

Minnesota Trespass Law Restrictions
• A person may not enter legally posted land for outdoor recreation purposes without permission.
• A person may not enter agricultural land for outdoor recreation purposes without permission.
• A person may not remain on private land for outdoor recreation purposes after being told to leave.
• On another person’s private land or a public right-of-way, a person may not take a wild animal with a firearm within 500 feet of a building occupied by humans or livestock without written permission.
• A person may not take a wild animal with a firearm within 500 feet of a corral containing livestock without permission.
• A person may not take a wild animal on any land where the person is prohibited from lawfully entering by this law. [my note: that's basically everything, since its all either pasture, agricultural, or posted]
• A person may not wound or kill another person’s domestic animal, destroy private property, or pass through a closed gate without returning it to the original position.

Exceptions
• A person on foot may, without permission, enter land that is not posted to retrieve a wounded animal that was lawfully shot, but may not remain on the land after being told to leave.
• A person on foot may, without permission, enter private land without a firearm to retrieve a hunting dog. After retrieving the dog, the person must immediately leave the premises. This exception does not authorize the taking of the wild animal.

If you're told to leave, you have to--no matter what.

In spite of the wandering black suburban taking shots into fields, Louisa, Matt, and I enjoyed the season quite a bit. We've got three deer hanging in the garage. We'll pack them when ready.

John V., you asked me last year how long I let the meat cure before cutting, I'm trying a week this year. We'll see how it goes.

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