Why Is It So Difficult to Hunt In Florida?

Discussion in 'Florida Flyway Forum' started by Floridaboy, Mar 26, 2003.

  1. Capt Jeff Kraynik

    Capt Jeff Kraynik Elite Refuge Member

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    I guess it's all where you live in Florida.

    We have more public land down this way than I could hunt in a lifetime.

    As far as private lands, they are not closed due to trespassing scumbags.

    They are closed becuase the farmers, ranchers, & property owner know people will pay outragious lease fees to hunt their lands.

    Cases in point:

    Platt: 2400.00 per year (sold to state)

    Morman: 4500.00 per year with waiting list
    Duda: 4500.00 per year with waiting list
    Kemphers 3800.00 per year with waiting list

    Go to Chobee and most are over 5000.00 a year.

    If a farmer, rancher or land owner can pay his taxes with lease fees, why should he let us hunt it.:(


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  2. Floridaboy

    Floridaboy Moderator Moderator

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    But why is the law setup so that I am trespassing even if the property is NOT posted?

    In other words, why is the burden on me and not the landowner?

    As you guys know we are looking at a felony charge when trespassing with a firearm.
     
  3. Capt Jeff Kraynik

    Capt Jeff Kraynik Elite Refuge Member

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    If it's not your property, stay off of it.

    The burden should not be on the landowner.

    I can't tell you how many times we've reposted just to have them shot, torn down, or stolen.

    If it's fenced & your not sure, stay off it.

    If it's not and your not sure, stay off it.

    Pretty simple to me.


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  4. go dev

    go dev Guest

    Hunting is becomeing a private business. You can either hunt public lands with the masses and all the joys that go along with it, or if you can afford it, you can join a lease. It sucks, but those are pretty much your only options.

    And I agree with what jeff said about unposted land. It shouldnt have to be the landowners responsiblity.
     
  5. Floridaboy

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    Everything is alwasy cut and dry with you isn't it Jeff?

    So I will apply your logic.

    If someone owns the land, THEY should post it or put up a fence, otherwise I should be able to hunt on it. It is called free access, if they can do this in the Dakotas why not in Florida?

    I am of course referring to rural areas, and not urban neighborhoods.
     
  6. go dev

    go dev Guest

    But why should the landowner have to go to considerable expense to fence his land? And posted signs easily fade or rot or get torn down. Now the landowner has to deal with people tearing down signs and claiming they didnt know it was posted. If you hunt management areas, you are expected to know all the rules and regulations. Why should you have the "right" to be ignorant when it comes to private land? IMO.
     
  7. Floridaboy

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    Why does it work in the Dakotas?
     
  8. Pirate91

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    I'm guessing fewer people per square mile and no competition, i.e. no big money businesses with uneducated white collars that throw money around.
     
  9. MALLARD222

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    Then MOVE to the DAKATAS !!

    My yard has no fence. It has no signs to say stay out. Does that mean someone can just come in my yard and put up a tent for the night?

    It does not matter if it is in the city or out in the sticks. It does not matter if you are hunting or just laying in the grass in someones front yard.

    IF YOU DO NOT OWN IT OR HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE THERE, THEN YOU SHOULD BE ARRESTED OR SHOT.

    THIS IS THE REASON MOST PEOPLE SAY NO WHEN YOU ASK.

    IT IS BECAUSE SO MANY HAVE NOT ASKED TO THE PAST.
     
  10. Floridaboy

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    Let's keep the extremes out of the debate.

    I am not talking about camping in someone's backyard.

    I am trying to see what would prevent Florida from having the same opportunity as the Dakotas, for example. I am a native Floridian so I don't want to move up there, too cold for me and no offense to any from there that may be reading this post.

    Anyway, I think the populations are pretty concentrated.

    Let me give an example.

    All up and down SR 13 in North Florida there are properties that have just trees on them, I believe the paper plants own the land. They have them posted, so I do not hunt them.

    For the sake of this debate, let's say that they were not posted and no one live on the land. If the property owners were insultated against law suits, why can't it be a state law, again like the Dakotas, that allows you to hunt that land, during hunting season? The rest of the year it's off limits.
     

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