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I do not hate or dislike anyone in law enforcement. But... I do not trust anyone working in law enforcement. Every time you have an encounter with an officer you are being interviewed if you know it or not. Anything you say can be used in a court of law.

I had a self defense fight when I was younger with an arch enemy and the cop lied to make it fit a felony charge. I took the charges to trial and got a not guilty verdict. My attorney was a beast and she caught the guy lying on the stand. This was early 2000's and cost me over $10,000.00 in attorney fees.

I guess moral of the story was stay away from fights but the guy broke a beer bottle over my head. He lost the fight.

As for the DNR and state troopers, most that I meet have that arrogance about them like they are better than you. I dont like that. Our county guys are friendly. Probably because they live within the county.
 

rf50cal

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In over50 years of hunting I've only had one unpleasant experience with a Warden. Back in '85 during the regular firearms Doe season, four of us were hunting the side of a long ridge on State Forest lands. Two would get out, climb the side to drive while the other two would move the vehicles ahead, then climb the ridge to watch. Mid morning, a friend and I had just parked the vehicles when two Deputy Wardens stopped. After checking our license the one asked me where my weapon was, The only flintlock I had at that time was Thompson Center Hawken, which was hanging on the rack inside the window of my Bronco. When I pointed to the window he immediately said "we have a problem, you can't hunt with that now. Only in the late season after Christmas". I was certain he was wrong. A long discussion ensued during which the rule book was consulted. Finally they decided it was OK for me to use the flintlock and went on their merry way. All's well that ends well, except, by the time my friend and I climbed to where we were to watch, the drivers were there waiting on us!
 

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When you are being interviewed by ANY leo for ANY reason choose your words and choice of what to disclose or reply to carefully. Regardless of how innocent you are or THINK you are, their report is written to convict. That's their job.
 

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I had a fish warden come into my place of work to threaten me with arrest and prison if I fish a piece of public water where his friends stock fish and have a little club. This piece of water is deemed navigable and there is a canoe rental place that sends 100s of boats down a day. He tried bad cop first and when I didnt ruffle he tried good cop and left me with some words, "those are some tough guys there and if you needed to call for help I may not be able to make it there in time" I laughed to myself, my form of help weighs 147grs and travels at 1200fps.
 

GWarden226

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Appreciate all your post. Glad that most have had good interactions with us Game Wardens, sorry to hear of the bad experiences. It is a career; as any law enforcement has, has really changed from when I started by in 1/71. We have a society that has made lots of changes and I saw peoples attitudes change over the years. The one thing I miss about the job was all the many many good people that enjoyed the outdoors and appreciated it. After retirement some of my outlaws told me no hard feelings, they knew I had a job to do. Today I am good friends with some of them folks- time and age change a persons outlook on things. You all have a good day.
Bob
 

tom in nc

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I never have any interaction with game wardens because I have not hunted or fished for several years. However a cousin of mine and his son-in-law had a unfortunate experience a few years ago here. They were hunting turkey on land belonging to my cousin. My cousin, in his seventies at the time, was very hearing impaired. He and his son-in-law had split up during the hunt and the son-in-law heard a shot. Going to check on father-in-law, he found that a game warden had approached FIL and had shot and killed him. The warden had felt threatened by some action and defended himself. The warden was wearing camo and we wonder if cousin ever realized that he was a game warden. His probably never heard anything the warden said to him as they were never closer than several yard apart.
 

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A few years ago, I was holed up at the end of a pond behind some bushes when the game warden showed up in his truck. I saw him coming so stood up & waved. He came over and checked my gun & shells and then told me about a nice warm blind just a little ways from where I was. This was in Idaho.
 
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