Elite Refuge Member
- Oct 20, 2000
- Reaction score
- Bartlett, Tn., USA
I discussed this at dinner with a friend who's an Air Force Court-Martial Attorney. The wildlife officer does have the right to verify the hunter is the owner. Once he has verified it, if the Officer observes a law violation, it would fall under the "plain view search", and the Officer can issue the citation even if the person committing the violation is the property owner. The Officer was lawfully on the property with the intent to confirm the hunter either has a license or is the property owner. The Wildlife Officers are very familiar with who the property owners are.
So your Air Force attorney is familiar with the legal interpretation by TWRA and the court of Tennessee's recent court ruling against "open fields?"