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Location: Eatonville, Wa
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When I'm out in the woods I usually just try and pick every scenerio apart and just try and imagine if anything Im doing or have done could be construed as breaking the law or being unsportsman like and when it comes right down to it hunting over a feeding station or within sight of it, on the game trail to it dont really pass the test.

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Location: leftern washington
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its funny that this would be considered "unsportsmanlike" how bout good tracking? i mean i did find these spots by following signs and tracks of bear, and how come over in the black bear forum when ever some one ask for tips on hunting black bear the first response is " can you bait in your area?" so is it unsportsmanlike because Washington state says so? there are factions of our government here in Washington state that would say all hunting is "unsportsmanlike" think there right?

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so is it unsportsmanlike because Washington state says so?

Bingo!

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Bingo!

not sure i follow, or maybe you didn't, like i said ill be hunting a game trail, wouldn't think this is a new concept or unsportsmanlike

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All anyone here is trying to tell you is that if you decide not to do it because of your own personal convictions and morals you should at least not do it because if a warden catches you hunting a game trail going to or anywhere near a feeding station, most likely you will be losing your rights for life not to mention you will lose your truck, gun and any other civil penalties, fines ect. LIke I said I personally wouldnt do it and wouldnt advise anyone to do it. And on an ending note if washington state decides something is unsportsmanlike, in washington it becomes unsportsman like, its just the letter of the law. Im not saying all laws that are in place are correctly implemented, but they are the law so unless thats a risk your willing to take, it sounds like a lot to lose over maybe getting a bear. Not to mention how much fun is it to brag to everyone that you got a bear over a feeding station. Though you did find the unmoving hard to find station in the woods it is a lot more respectful and gratifiying to be able to take an animal after you have worked very hard to get it. Just me though

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Location: leftern washington
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well i really didn't expect personal attacks when i posted this but ok Thumbs up a;so id kinda like to know how you hunt in a more sportsmanly manner than i, i mean i go out in the woods months ahead of time tracking and scouting and when i find a area where the animals are i consider it good scouting and good hunting. i guess if i just stood in middle of the woods closed my eyes and started pulling the trigger you may consider me more sportsman like

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I have found that if you have to question it, you usually are doing something you shouldnt. No one here is attacking your personality they are just trying to point out to you that it is against the law and warn you of the risks involved. Nothing more nothing less.

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Location: Puyallup, WA / Grand Rapids, MI
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I agree with csumerall and billythekidrock about the feeding stations, but I have a couple related questions.

In the national forest land that I hunt, there are a couple of unofficial campgrounds. Idiots like to come out camping, and will often leave bags of garbage pinned to trees and on the ground. The bears get into them and spread garbage everywhere.
Would you consider it illegal/unsportsmanlike to call for bear within earshot of those areas?
If I stumble across a naturally dead elk can I hunt the carcass?
What about a gut pile?

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I think everyone has to decide for themselves whats right and wrong. As far as your theoreticals the camping question is a tough one I dont thing I would consider it baiting, but I am not a warden. The elk one I dont think I would have a problem with hunting around the carcass looking for sign and more or less using the elk as a tracking marker so to speak. When I think of baiting what really stands out is that the bait was put there for the intention of feeding the animals or drawing them in. But like I said before its every hunters personal responsibility to apply the regulations to where and what they hunt and to be aware of the possible reprocussions.

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Not to mention how much fun is it to brag to everyone that you got a bear over a feeding station. Though you did find the unmoving hard to find station in the woods it is a lot more respectful and gratifiying to be able to take an animal after you have worked very hard to get it. Just me though

Very well said!

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Would you consider it illegal/unsportsmanlike to call for bear within earshot of those areas?
If I stumble across a naturally dead elk can I hunt the carcass?
What about a gut pile?

Depends. Ear shot can be a long ways away when calling.
I don't know about a naturally dead wild animal, but I have been told that a gut pile could be considered bait because it was put there by a human action.

Remember, it all depends on the game agent and his interpretation of the law. You can/will lose all your gear and rights just on the agents interpretation. Then you get to go to court in front of a judge who will give you his interpretation of the law. If you are convicted you get to keep all the fines and penalties. If you are not convicted (you will not get all charges dropped) you will get the right to purchase your gear back.

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