Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
MCI

Cell phones in the stand

Recommended Posts

The regulations book is kind of vague as far as what you can and can't use a cell phone for while hunting. "Using cell phones to take big game is unlawful".

Wondering if anyone has had to deal with this issue before in the field with a CO officer or the sheriff? 

Me and my brother hunt on 88 acres of private land, our stands are about 300 yards apart.  We both have cell phones and the ability to text; in years past we would text each other if we saw deer, what the deer was and what direction the deer was heading. Yes, sometimes the deer we text each other about do walk by us. We do not push/drive deer when we hunt, we walk into our stands and sit all day and walk out on the same path once shooting hours are over.

Are we using our cell phones the take deer?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, you are using your cell phones to aid in taking deer. By texting deer movement you are using them as an electronic aid. No different that two way radios 

 

by definition, illegal. 

 

Will you be busted and drug into jail or ticketed. I doubt it. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think if you saw I saw so and so number of deer, that might be ok. If you say direction of travel or get ready one is coming your way that is a no no.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How many people do you think are in their stands texting to their hunting buddies?  I know I do it with my hunting buddy and I'm sure most people do it to some extent. 

 

During bow season we hunt solo so we are usually just texting to check in on how things are going as the other guy is usually stuck at work or some sort of family obligation.  During rifle season we hunt public land together but are usually set up a good distance apart so deer I see very likely aren't going to be making their way in front of him and vice versa.  We'll text each other to say what we saw but realistically its not aiding each other.  I don't think we've ever had a deer pass by one stand and make their way all the way to the other stand since we usually hunt different travel routes a 1/2 mile or more apart.

 

Most of what gets texted between us and any other guys that might join us for a hunt is a continuation of the talk and comical insults that started over a few beers the night before.  Might be worth fighting a ticket for using a cell phone just so that we could go to court and have a lawyer read those text conversations out loud in front of a judge.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
35 minutes ago, nofishfisherman said:

Most of what gets texted between us and any other guys that might join us for a hunt is a continuation of the talk and comical insults that started over a few beers the night before.  Might be worth fighting a ticket for using a cell phone just so that we could go to court and have a lawyer read those text conversations out loud in front of a judge.

 

Yep! Ha!!!! ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A couple years ago I called and talked to the DNR in St. Paul about cell phone usage. He told me any talk about deer movement, rubs, scrapes, etc. is illegal. But if you use it to tell someone you shot a deer and need help or to meet at the truck for lunch, perfectly OK.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Using cell phones (or 2 way radios) while hunting isn't illegal in itself. You can use them to chat with buddies, tell them you are heading back to the truck/cabin, tell them you need help tracking or dragging a deer you shot, etc. It's when you use them to aid in the hunt when it become illegal, like telling someone a deer is heading there way or anything like that. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the responses, they were what I was expecting.  Some to say yes its illegal and some to say not a big deal or you will not get busted for it.  I can see it both ways, having your phone out and on speaker moad trekking through the woods heading to your buddy on the other end of the woods giving him play by play as you push deer towards him, that I find un sportsman like.

The senoiro I listed in my post, not so much. No one is pushing the deer in any way towards another hunter, the deer still needs to travel past in range to be shot. I don't feel that is aiding in harvesting a deer. I personally would argue that one with a CO in the field. The use of a drone, hell yes thats illegal.

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't it legal for 5 licensed hunters to walk (drive) the woods to 1 or 2 licensed hunters standing post at the other end/side of the woods? 

If that method is legal,  then how can texting your buddy that a deer is walking his way be illegal.

Dont want this to turn into a pissen match, but sometimes I read stuff in the reg book and think "what the hell is this about."

Anyway, only a couple days away from the big morning. Everyone be safe, have fun and make some memories. Hunting has taken on a whole different meaning for me now that my 2 boys are old enough to go out. I look forward to just watching the deer in the woods and hoping my boys get a shot at one. If I shoot one, thats a bonus. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, MCI said:

 

The senoiro I listed in my post, not so much. No one is pushing the deer in any way towards another hunter, the deer still needs to travel past in range to be shot. I don't feel that is aiding in harvesting a deer. I personally would argue that one with a CO in the field.

 

 

You are letting the other person know to be on the lookout in a particular direction.  Had you not let him know, he could have been looking somewhere else or been day dreaming or asleep. That is aiding in harvesting a deer and if caught (I don't know how a CO could ever prove it) should be ticketed/warned. It not an egregious offence so I hope our limited CO's are focusing on more important stuff than who told someone a deer was heading their way. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cell phones use radio frequencies and I would suspect they can be monitored just like a walkie-talkie. Whether one agrees with the law or feels the chance of getting caught or convicted is low doesn't matter once you're standing before a judge.

 

I thought hunters were ethical but it's not really sounding like it to me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You have to draw the line somewhere or people will stretch the technology to the last inch to get an advantage or just because they find it fun.

 

Safety is too tough to put limits on, plus the enforcement would be a nightmare!  So they drew the line there.

 

Can you imagine Stop and Frisk of fully clothed deer hunters for radios and cell phones???!!!!  Half the time we can't find em ourselves!

 

Now if you're texting your non hunting buddy that's flying his drone over the spot you THOUGHT you should be in - you might want to re-think that.  How about the trail cams that send images to your phone?  Pretty much the same thing in my mind.

 

Dont lose sight of THE HUNT!  

 

Good luck all!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Why is it not sounding like hunters are ethical to you Bob T?  I highly doubt there are many hunters out in the woods who have little informants sending them test messages that an 8 point is sneaking up the back ridge.  Get ready.  I like wanderer quote, "lets all focus on the hunt".  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

BobT-  What are hunting ethics?  Pretty sure those change from person to person state to state...

 

I also find it funny that you can get a group together and push a section calling out if they see a deer yelling back and forth but 2 guys sitting in stands acres apart cant text saying "saw 2 does headed south"

 

I wouldn't worry about it if I were in the stand texting a hunting buddy as I am sure you can just deny it and not allow them to check your phone as I am pretty sure they would need a warrant to force you to display information on your phone.  This is one issue I don't have to worry about now that I hunt alone!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
33 minutes ago, BobT said:

Cell phones use radio frequencies and I would suspect they can be monitored just like a walkie-talkie. Whether one agrees with the law or feels the chance of getting caught or convicted is low doesn't matter once you're standing before a judge.

 

I thought hunters were ethical but it's not really sounding like it to me.

Not without a warrant they can't. The vast majority of guys are ethical. The unethical are shining, poaching, baiting, and calling in false registrations. Cell phones are not the problem. I hardly ever text when on stand. It takes away too much time from watching for deer. Plus I don't really care what the rest are seeing at the time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now




  • Posts

    • For gills when using live bait st croix spring bobber rods. for gills and crappie when using plastics I use the snitch. for perch and eyes croxton pond rods in light to med/light   I have about 36 ice set ups but I getting rid    Of some  
    • I love my custom Adam Bricker rods.  The guy just makes rods that look, feel, and preform well. Plus he has some really great options like a rod butt that pops out the back with a fish hook remover. You can also get the option of being able to change out blanks if you want. Which comes in handy if a guy goes from panfishing to walleyes. Plus he stands behind his work. The guy is an artist when it comes to building rods not only with looks, but preformance & function. Nothing else comes close to what he builds. With that being said, I do consider them a luxury item.   I have a slight addiction and have about 50 open water rods and 40 ice fishing rods, that range from cheap to expensive.  rl_sd pretty much said it all though. For $30 or less a guy can get a solid ice rod combo that preforms just fine. One of my favorite ice rods is a south bend Rod and reel combo I picked up for $25. It has an 8 ball Bering reel and a ML Rod that works well for perch and walleye. 
    • Minnesota, Merica, and the World commie boy!
    • Yep.  Before we were married, camped at fall lake MEA weekend.  In a tent.  Snow falling in the cornflakes.   I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.  Or something like that.  Mama ain't happy ain't nobody happy. 
    • Who's Art? Yer neighbor?
    • Hey now!!  Any snowmobile is a work of Art!
    • Hell, a garbage bin on it's side sorta looks like that.....
    • HAHAHAA!  
    • We also had an old Johnson sled that looked sort of like that......
    • A Fall retreat! The acrid smell of a wood fire....crisp leaves crunching underfoot....frost tipped-grass sparkling in the early morning sun....nuttin' like a nice, cool Fall day in da woods!  A cup o' steaming cawfee in yer paw....
  • Our Sponsors