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It's very normal to get

It's very normal to get checked for sure. I can say that all of my years fishing and hunting I have never been asked to show my licences or tags. I have friends and family member that get checked mulitple times a year. I guess it's just the luck of the draw. I've even been fishing and the Wardens down looking and walk right by me and check the person next to me. As long as your not breaking laws you have nothing to worry about.

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I have been checked several

I have been checked several times and really dod not mind. In most cases the DOW officers are very nice, do their job and move on. Only once did I run into a real butt head. We were duck hunting and on our way in to set up the officers stopped us. OK we got out our licenses, took him a good 5-10 minutes to look at and read each license times the three of us. Then he had us open our guns to be sure the gun could only hold three shells. Took over 30 minutes to get past him. Then as we were leaving he again checked our ducks and our licenses. He was a jerk for sure.

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Glad to see them doing there

Glad to see them doing there job, and being nice and courteous while doing so.  I have heard all these horror stories about how people are supposedly "mistreated" but I have yet to see it. 

Interesting that you got checked.  As you said, maybe the moose poaching had something to do wtih it. Or, maybe you were in the right place at the right time.

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I wonder how they check what

I wonder how they check what you have loaded in a muzzleloader? You can show him what you carry for powder and bullets, but how does he check what you have loaded?

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Now that's a head scratcher

I'd have to agree, how would they check what's in the gun?  If it's an inline, then the breech could be removed and the bullet easily pushed back out the muzzle.  If it's a hawken style, or closed breech, then the only practical way to remove the bullet is shoot it.  I suppose they could use a screw type bullet puller.  I've never had to use one and honestly would wonder just how well it would work.

Good question.  But neither of us will probably ever be asked to show the game warden our loaded bullet.  Heck, I've never been asked for my license, so being asked for my loaded bullet would be quite a surprise.

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The problem with unscrewing

The problem with unscrewing the breech plug and dumping out the powder is it's usually greased. Now you're out in the field with the threads full of powder. I wouldn't be happy.

He could use a bore light to check for a sabot. I almost hope I get stopped to see what they do.

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wardens

I didn't see one game warden all week this 2nd season, but I didn't spend too much time on the roads this week.  Even when returning home we drove through an area that gets a lot of pressure most years, didn't see any CDOW officers anywhere.

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mmc1014 and GooseHunter: You
mmc1014 and GooseHunter: You guys are exactly right on why they take down your info. There is no way that they could recall where/when/who they contacted if they didn't record this. They cover too much ground and contact too many people to not record it and be able to go back and review it if an investigation is later required.
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moose incident

Evidently there was an incident involving the accidental shooting of a Moose on the west side of Hyw 9 above Silverthorn (Boulder Creek area) on Oct 22nd.  That could be why they were checking hunters more vigorously in that area.  Supposedly the guy who accidentally killed a moose told some hikers about it on his way down and those hikers reported it to the DOW.

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I'm surprised at all the

I'm surprised at all the different responses. I hunt in a pretty popular area but I seem to get check no matter where I go. Usually at least once or twice every season and they always write down the information. I do go home every night here and usually get stopped next to the truck or even waved down on the road because of the orange we are wearing. In Wyoming as well we usually get stopped at least once a year when we are antelope hunting. In nearly every case the wardens have been very coutious and helpful and share stories before they head out again. In fact I have even been pulled over in my boat at lake Powell in Utah to have my fishing license checked.

I've gotten used to it and it's no problem at all.

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