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Old November 13th, 2009, 08:34 AM   #1
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I probably should have checked in to this a bit more. I work over in GR off of 36th Street right near Patterson. Yesterday when I was leaving work, around 3:30pm two guys parked there F150 pulling a dump trailer in the front corner parking lot and proceeded to dress in full camo. I didn't stick around to see if they had bows on them but there dressing in full camo tells me they are likely deer hunting.

This is inside the city limits and very illegal. I suppose I should have dialed up the DNR. If I see them again I will. It just pisses me off considering I know they must have walked across the road and into the heavily wooded area on the north side of 36th street. I know there are some monster bucks running around there given it's a safe haven for them. I suppose these guys didn't care. If you happen to see any reports of a monster buck being take around this area let me know. I could probably identify the 2 individuals again upon sight of them. They drive a red F-150 Long Box, probably 2001-2003 era truck. Hopefully I will see them back here trying this again.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 08:55 AM   #2
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It may or may not be illegal, depending on the property and what permissions they have. Cities do allow hunting within the city limits for archery hunters on a regular basis. I know of quite a few guys on another board that do hunt within city or village limits.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 09:02 AM   #3
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It may or may not be illegal, depending on the property and what permissions they have. Cities do allow hunting within the city limits for archery hunters on a regular basis. I know of quite a few guys on another board that do hunt within city or village limits.

Honestly I thought thru that same scenario and ran it thru a few of the guys here who know the area much better than I do and they can't recall the city allowing that area to be hunted legally. Who knows, maybe I shouldn't be so fast to criticize them before knowing if they were hunting legally. I will try to dig into this a bit farther.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 09:19 AM   #4
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The same thing happening were I work. I am off of 36th and Kraft. There is a wooded ravine between the back of our building and 36th. Its not a very wide area and it is surrounded by a couple business and the airports land .
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Old November 13th, 2009, 09:22 AM   #5
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I wonder if the city of kentwood put out an un-published hunt within city limits for certain archery hunters. I'm between Patterson and East Paris.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 09:35 AM   #6
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I ran a search online and it seems you can bowhunt within City Limits with permission from land owners and retain certain guidelines and rules.

There has to be at least 5 continuous acres, having the narrow side not less than 450 feet. They may not discharge their bow within 450 feet of a permanent structure. Well I learned something new today. I suppose I need to start checking into property owners around here.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 10:37 AM   #7
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The DNR regs state that you can't be within 450' of an OCCUPIED structure unless you have written permission from the owner of the structure. Now, what is the definition of occupied? Does it mean someone is physically in the house, or does it mean that the structure is actively used or lived in regardless of if someone is actually in the structure. The local regs may be different though.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 10:47 AM   #8
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I was looking at local regulations when I published this. You are right, there are many different ways to interpret the law but hey that's what the DNR officer is for.
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Often saw 2 bow hunters going onto the property south of Breton and 52nd.
Sunday a NICE 8 point ran in front of me driving at 52nd and East Paris.
(missed him)
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all i have to say is blah blah blah.either your jealous or anti hunter anyways.........

also I know for fact that cities around here have thinned out deer herds in the past. its low key because the peta people flip the f out.if they dont do it overpopulation and lack of food means starving animals anyways in the city.

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all i have to say is blah blah blah.either your jealous or anti hunter anyways.........

also I know for fact that cities around here have thinned out deer herds in the past. its low key because the peta people flip the f out.if they dont do it overpopulation and lack of food means starving animals anyways in the city.
Well I'm not any of those so please refrain from the peanut gallery comments. I'm well aware of thinning the herds and keeping disease, sickness, and population in some sort of check and balance. Yes, I'm well aware they keep it low key. I've always been well informed on what normally goes on in the area with hunting as I enjoy hunting and the outdoors in general.

I just prefer to understand that these people are hunting legally as I stated earlier on in this article. Thank you for your time and understanding although I don't think you do understand.
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all i have to say is blah blah blah.either your jealous or anti hunter anyways.........

also I know for fact that cities around here have thinned out deer herds in the past. its low key because the peta people flip the f out.if they dont do it overpopulation and lack of food means starving animals anyways in the city.
Never quite grasped the concept of "reading," huh?
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Old November 20th, 2009, 01:31 PM   #13
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do you guys have any links to the info i cant find the regulations for Fenton and im curious
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In my township (Grosse Ile) it's a township ordnance, as I suspect it is other places (i.e. township/city/village ordnance).
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I was looking at local regulations when I published this. You are right, there are many different ways to interpret the law but hey that's what the DNR officer is for.
Am I the only one that finds this statement scary? No offense to you Bow_Extreme but I don't personally believe the DNR officers should have that power. My .02
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