What a morning!

by Bill Gray
(Culpeper, Va.)

I work on a 72 acre farm in the woods. It's a nice cool Monday morning and since I couldn't hunt on Sunday, I'm ready.


Have my 7mm Weatherby laying in the back of my truck while I'm trimming trees, knowing that the deer run through here every morning about this time.

A short time goes by and I spot a good size doe running my way through the field, she is headed for the woods and I've got a shot. I shoot, the hind legs go up and she starts running away. I watch her direction of travel and I go back to work.

20 or 30 minutes go by and crows start flying around up above where the doe fell down. So I decide to hike on over and find this deer.

I get to a point where I had to go around an un-maintained fence/border property line. I knew the deer was not that far away, the blood trail was getting thick. I crossed the line maybe, 15 or 20 yards, find the deer and see this hunter walking up toward me asking what I am doing on this property. I tell him and he flips out a sheriff's deputy badge.

Well things turned to s_ _ t from there. Here's an off duty cop out hunting on a piece of land that the land owner said he could hunt on if he would keep other hunters off. So this cop tells me that I am trespassing and calls the land owner, the land owner says that he does not want to press any charges because he knows who I am.

Now he cannot get me for treaspassing, but the cop ain't satisfied so he calls in the game warden. Well the game warden explains to me that it is not doe day. What I said, it's deer season. No, there are certain days that you can shoot doe and certain days that you can shoot buck. Oh-Boy the warden writes me a ticket for an illegal kill, and not having my bright orange on.

This is great, right before Thanksgiving and the warden gives me tickets with a court date in Feburary, takes my hunting license and photographs my rifle and then confisicates my rifle till after my court date. Culpeper, Va.

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Nov 04, 2012
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Just the luck NEW
by: Anonymous

As luck would have it anyway:) Lesson learned, but dont give up hunting:)

Nov 04, 2012
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Just the luck NEW
by: Anonymous

As luck would have it anyway:) Lesson learned, but do give up hunting:)

Dec 22, 2009
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Ignorance of the law is NO excuse!
by: Charles

You say you work on a farm,did you have the farm owners permission to hunt on the farm? Is it your farm?

Are you a regular hunter,since you did not know the regulations in your area it appears you are not a hunter but an opportunist.

A good ethical hunter knows the regulations of the areas he hunts and abides by them.

Dec 10, 2009
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VA no good
by: Brent

I moved to VA last year due to a military move and couldn't believe how regulated and ridiculous the hunting laws are here. I did the sunday thing once, but fortunately did not shoot anything. It's not easily found in the regs. I had to look multiple times to find it.
Sounds like the cop was a little jealous you bagged one and he didn't! Should have let it go with the land owners' words. Good luck to you.

Nov 18, 2009
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OOPS!
by: Anonymous

OOPS just re-read your post. lol I thought you said you hunted on Sunday! Sorry. That sucks about the ticket. I assume you had your gun with you when you crossed the property line? They'll get you every time for that.

Nov 18, 2009
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Dumb
by: Anonymous

I live in VA, and I thought you couldn't hunt on Sundays anyway! Pretty gay about the ticket thing, tho.

Dec 19, 2008
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OOPS
by: Anonymous

Sound like you are in a giant world of s--- better you than me

Nov 27, 2008
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Oh wow!
by: Jim from Free-Venison-Recipes.com

Now that's a rough way to end hunting season Bill! But thanks for sharing your story.

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