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    Tracking a wounded animal on another persons property? Illegal?

    The guy that owns the property bordering the land I hunt doesnt want anyone on his property or any where near "his deer". He is real strict about it and people have told me he wouldnt even let you track a wounded deer onto his property... Is this true? Can he legally prevent me from recovering an animal I have shot? I was told that he could have me arrested for trespassing if i went on his property, and if i brought a rifle or even my bow with me to track the animal he could have me charged with a felony.... trespassing with a deadly weapon.... I was even told that the game comission wouldnt be able to do anything about it and wouldnt want to get into it. Can he really prevent me from recovering my animal.... is this really true? I live in PA btw



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    Some states will allow it.Some states it is up to the property owner.You need to check with the landowner first.Simply ask.If he says no respect his choice and hunt away from areas that will allow deer to cross omto his property.

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    I would ask first and if he says no then get ahold of the local police and or game warden and see if they can get you access to recover your game. The land owner still doesnt have to grant access though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckatuk View Post
    Some states will allow it.Some states it is up to the property owner.You need to check with the landowner first.Simply ask.If he says no respect his choice and hunt away from areas that will allow deer to cross omto his property.
    But im not lucky enough to have access to hundreds of acres to hunt... the property i hunt isnt that big and this guys land borders most of it.

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    Check the hunting regs. In Iowa you can track game on to others property as long as you are unarmed.
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    Of course he can stop you from accessing his land. It doesn't matter if you have a valid reason. You can contact a game warden, and they will ask but they can not force him to let you on. It sucks but those are the rules. Ethically you should be able to get the animal, but there are those people in the world the need to have control.

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    Depends on the state, but yes the landowner can refuse you access onto his property for any reason he sees fit. There are several threads discussing this very issue in the bowhunting subforum.
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    Ask nicely and offer him part of the critter if you find it or offer him some $$ if he will let you go. Be sure to tell him you will go unarmed.
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