What information are you required to provide when registering a bait site? What information do you give, or are you willing to give? Years ago I recall the Handy Dandy indicated a hunter setting up a bait station had to provide the GMU and Sub-unit to obtain the appropriate registrations from ADF&G for those sites.
Several years back I went in to F&G to register my sites. They asked where I was going. I told them both the Unit and Sub-Unit. They then asked which specific location. Confused, I asked them why they needed that info. Their response was that it was required. My next question was when did the regulations change? They had no response, but said I had to give a specific location. Hmmm. Can I look at the regulations stating what information is required? That research indicated that nothing had changed.
So we went round and round a little bit. They then said that Enforcement required the info. I still held my ground and said that unless required by statute, that I would not provide the info requested, and that I was not leaving without the permits as allowed by statute, and required to legally bait black bear.
I walked out with my permits. A week later, I received a call from Enforcement. The officer stated that I had not provided a specific location on the Permit information. I agreed that I had not, and asked him what the regulation was that required disclosure of that information. He did not have an answer. I thanked him for his time, and bid him a good day.
The next year I fought the same battle. The difference was that I was on the move. I was no longer baiting in my old spot, and had no idea where I would be, other than I knew the GMU and S-U. When pressed to provide the info, I said no on 2 counts. First, regs do not require it. Second, I did not know where I was going for certain, and I was not about to lie on a state form that I was signing. There is absolutely no good that could become of that.
I see no reason to give the info requested under the current system. If there were methods set in to place to protect my site, you bet I would give them everything needed. But as it stands, I can police myself. I keep a clean site, I try to stay away from others, and if people move in too close, I leave a note with my name and number on it explaining what is going on. That gives them a chance to talk if needed, and we can come to a resolution. To date my system has worked out pretty well.
What do you think? Are you willing to give info not required by statute? Are you willing to lie on the forms and sign it? Am I being obstinant beyond my years and should take a step back?
And by the way, this year went a bit better, but the F&G employee struggled with the whole idea of it all. We got through it though.