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Re: DP Collecting On Federal Land Alert

WHat an unfortunate experience!  I understand how confusing this must be.  The one thing that I find is that we are all responsible for our actions.  I agree that the site might have been better marked; however, we all need to be more careful to be within the law.  This is really important for the NFC.  Thank you for sharing your experience!  It will serve as a reminder to all of us to check before we collect.


> Earlier today I stopped by Muscatatuck National Refuge in southern Indiana to
> throw in some minnow traps and fish at a site I had been many times before.
> Unknown to me, fishing was prohibited in all but a few spots in an area
> covered with streams, wetlands and ponds.  The ticket will probably be about
> $125.  They mail them. The female enforcement officer was very nice but said
> that the property manager's policy was no exceptions. I was my normal nice,
> courteous self.  When she walked up, I figured for the third time in my life,
> an enforcement officer just wanted to check my license. BTW, I was in plain
> view of a road traveled every several minutes by uniformed site employees in
> marked vehicle.  I was clearly not hiding my activity.
> The only signs in an area of 100s of acres was a relatively small one at each
> of the two entrances.  No other signs were posted that I observed.  I went
> looking for them after being ticketed.  There were also brochures available if
> you stopped at the nature center.  I went and spoke to the assistant property

> manager and she stated that the signs they have are adequate.
> My first reason for bringing this up is that others besides myself may not be
> aware that once on federal land, apparently all the rules change.  There are
> few federal sites in my state, so I was unfamiliar with the new set.  (Also,
> you may not bring firearms on to the site even if they are unloaded, broken
> down and cased in the trunk of your car - in spite of the fact you may be
> licensed by the state to carry a concealed weapon.)
> My second reason is that I need a little help.  I must respectfully disagree
> with the person who stated that there was adequate signs.  I am usually pretty
> observant of what is around me and have been to the site a few dozen times.  I
> had never noticed the signs nor have any of the people who were with me.
> Hiking is allowed in most places at that site, but areas that are "off limits"
> are very well marked.  Everywhere else I go in Indiana that the State DNR
> prohibits activities, it is clearly marked by signs.  (I understand these are
> two different agencies: state and federal.)
> For those of you that have more experience visiting federal areas, do they
> normally have what a normal person would consider adequate signs?
> Any thoughts, comments, or help appreciated.
> Chuck Church
> CEFChurch at aol_com
> Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-2067
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