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Crossing one GMU to get to another GMU

I am not sure why anyone would want to do this but is it legal to cross one GMU to get to another during hunting season. My neighbot asked and I have no clue. 

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You would do it every day on

You would do it every day on your drive from your home to where ever you hunt.  Also if you do not hold a permit for the unit that you are crossing just unload your firearm or put your bow into its case and go for it.  My question is where is he hunting that you would need to cross another game management unit to get to the one that your permit is valid?  Or is he driving on a road that crosses a coroner of one that is next to where he is hunting? 

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Sorry for the confusion, he

Sorry for the confusion, he is thinking of accessing one GMU by parking at the corner of another and walking in.  I guess there is limited access to camping in the area he wants to hunt.  I told him I thought it would be ok as long as the rifle is unloaded while passing through.

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There should be no problem

There should be no problem camping in one and hunting in another.  He just needs to make sure of where the boundry is and like you and I said make sure that the rifle is unloaded until he get into his unit and he should be good to go. 

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I have done it several times

I have done it several times in Oregon. Its by all means legal even with a loaded weapon. There is no law that says you cant have a loaded firearm on public land even during hunting season. You just dont wanna be hunting in a unit you dont have a tag for. I only huny national forrest land, the rules and laws should be the same from state to state on feds land

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Crossing Units

I have done it myself and talked to a Colorado DOW officer about it. He stated as long as you are not actively hunting you are fine.  As Critter said be sure to know where the boundary is. Sometimes it is pretty clear suck as a creek/river or road. Other times it is a little vague when it states the continental divide. Of course check the laws of which ever state you are hunting in to be sure as they can be different.

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Not sure why this would even be an issue or a question.  Sure you can cross one game unit to another, even with a loaded rifle while on foot.  Why not? I don't see how you can be sited for anything as long as you can legally be on the land. The animal you harvest has to be for the season and the unit(s) that your tag(s) is(are) for. That's it.  You can be on most public land out in the wilderness with a loaded long gun on foot, and unloaded when onboard a vehicle.  Your tag means you can only harvest a game animal in the unit specified.  It's like Critter said - you likely drive through several GMUs on your way to your hunting unit.  I know I do.

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I would just think there

I would just think there should be access to all the units, without crossing another.  Unless he is trying to sneak in from the back or something, thinking someone would be less liely to do it.

Never had that problem out here.  I would think that if he does not have an arrow knocked, or any rounds in the gun, then it should be okay.  I would check with the proper authorities though, just to be safe.

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You will find that it is

You will find that it is quite common to cross over one unit to get to another one here in Colorado and a lot of the other western states.  There is also no problem camping in one and hunting in another.  One area that I used to hunt in Utah you had to travel into Colorado from Utah to get back into Utah.  Also the definition of "loaded" is different to different people.  To me it is a round in the chamber ready to shoot a animal.  So my point is that if you have a permit for unit X and are camping in unit Y then don't put a round into the chamber until you cross the boundary into unit X. 

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Interesting.  I would think

Interesting.  I would think that with all the units you have there, adn the fact that there are pretty much roads either through, or at least right up against the units, there would be little need to cross one unit to go to another.

 

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It all depends on where you

It all depends on where you are hunting at.  I use to hunt a area here in Colorado in unit 44 that if I camped or drove into it would requier a couple mile hike to where I wanted to hunt.  But if I drove or camped in unit 444 it was only a half mile hike or less to get to where I wanted to be. 

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