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It is illegal to.......

Kinda funny, but I had not thought about this before.  I was looking over the Alabama regulations, and found the following:

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3. Shoot or hunt a turkey from a treestand with a firearm. All other legal game animals and birds may be taken with a bow and arrow or firearm from a treestand.

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I don't know if it's illegal everywhere, and I don't know if anyone actually does it, but I thought it was an interesting regulation.  I wonder what the benefit would be to try that, and why you wouldn't be able to.  Maybe they don't want you to set up a tree stand near a roosting tree?  Huh.

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That is interesting!  What's even more interesting is the fact that you were reading Alabama regs! lol Planning a trip out East (South)?

I wonder why you can hunt from a tree with a bow but not a firearm?

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No, I was kinda being nosey,

lol

No, I was kinda being nosey, then I just poked around for fun.  Someone posted that they were getting ready to hunt Alabama, but hadn't hunted deer in 24 years.  He mentioned putting out corn around his stand, and was waiting for the season to start.  Being the concerned fellow hunter that I am, I didn't want to see a fellow hunter get in trouble.  So, I looked up the regulations.

After I found the baiting regulation, I just kept reading......  And yes, I am going east this year.... just northeast......

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Well it IS Alabama !!

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I like the regulations about

I like the regulations about explosives better. Especially the banning of explosive tipped arrows. That is as good as it gets!

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You have to question the

You have to question the logic of the law.  Just doesn't make any sense to me.  it would be one thing if it applied to all game, but it doesn' t  just crazy if you ask me.

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I've never heard of it before.  I wonder if their turkey and deer season's over lap?  Here in NY the turkey season and deer season never over lap so no one is in a tree stand during turkey season anyway.

Someone must have been doing it or tehy would not have passed the regulation I suppose.  Go figure!

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the only thing i can figure

the only thing i can figure is that this regulation limits the oppertunistic harvest of turkey during deer season (they must be allowed to use rifles on turkey. i know we could in wyoming, anything 23 caliber or less)

kind of a stupid regulation, but i've been bowhunting and have had turkey come under my stand before. it's kind of fun to watch since they're so active. luckily, i've even been able to shoot one like that because the seasons overlapped in ohio.

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Here in Tennessee, our fall

Here in Tennessee, our fall turkey season does overlap with at least some of the deer season (bow), Far as I know, it's legal to shoot a turkey from a stand and I believe many "deer" hunters do become turkey hunters and do just that (same tag).

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Tndeerhunter wrote:

Here in Tennessee, our fall turkey season does overlap with at least some of the deer season (bow), Far as I know, it's legal to shoot a turkey from a stand and I believe many "deer" hunters do become turkey hunters and do just that (same tag).

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It's a Cultural Thing

At least thats what I'd guess.  The "accepted" method of turkey hunting, as we've all read about, see on hunting shows and done ourselves is done on the ground with calls & camo.  Anything different just isn't right.  Shooting a turkey out of a tree stand would be some kind of cheating. Makes no sense whatever to me.  There's a few states that allow hunting turkeys with centerfire rifles.  Mention that to a purest & watch their veins bulge as they nash their teeth. 

Had a friend spot & then sneek up on a turkey, killing it at around 20 yards.  If you think thats easy then think again.  I'm almost convinced they can spot you thinking about moving they are so sharp eyed.  Anyway, a few months later we were at a Wild Turkey Federation Dinner (great organization by the way) & Tom told the story to a gentleman steeped in the turkey hunting tradition.  He was shocked that my friend even considered stalking & questioned if it was even legal.  Now, this guy had no problems dressing up in the latest, greatest camo, shooting some pistol-gripped, scoped, camo'd and super-choked semi-auto capable of killing to 50 or 60 yards.  Just as long as the bird comes to him and not the other way around.   Go Figure!

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