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Marijuana Farms

As the bow hunt comes nearer so is the time for some to harvest their crops.  I received these two stories today and just wanted to let you hunters to be careful out there and keep a eye out for the two legged varmets that are roaming our hills. 

 

 http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20110728/NEWS01/110728006/Iron-County-Sheriff-s-Office-raid-2-marijuana-farms?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|Frontpage

 

http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20110728/NEWS01/107280316/21-from-marijuana-farm-indicted-federal-charges?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage

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Excellent post Critter. 

Excellent post Critter.  There are more and more of these marijuana farms popping up in our national forests, which just happen to be some of the best public hunting areas also. Some of the cartels, especially after the border crackdown post September 11th, found it easier to just grow it here, rather than get it through the increased border security.

If anyone comes across a farm, slowly back out, watch for booby traps and people lurking around, and report it to the first sheriff or trooper you can find.  If you can't find anyone, remember the coordinates and email me, no joke.  I will see that it makes it's way into the hands of the proper authorities.

The guys guarding these plots are usually simple illegals who are being forced to work there a season or 2 to work off smuggling debts, but some of them are armed, and who knows how desperate they will be to get away, or protect their stuff.

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Very good post and reminder,

Very good post and reminder, Out here in Oregon we have a lot of pot farms in the hills, I have only stumbled across one with my time in the woods, luckily i didnt see anyone and nobody saw me, I backed out the same way i came and reported it to the cops. Whats funny is 6 months later there was a news story about a pot growing operation that was busted in the same area. They harvest over 1000 plants and busted 15 people. Needless to say running into that stuff and knowing how the guards can be it had gave me a huge pucker factor. Just becareful out there this fall.

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Good information to be aware

Good information to be aware of. I personnaly have never run across this in my area but know of others who have on a small scale. It's a pretty hot topic around here especially since there is now a "medical" use shop on nearly every other corner. I know many kids are having trouble with the difference between legal and illegal. Our local papers usually have about 4 or 5 color adds for it in nearly every paper. 

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Thanks for the heads up.  I

Thanks for the heads up.  I guess that is the last thing any bow hunter or any hunter wnats to come across while hunting.  Our bow and rifles will not be much of a match between them when they are probably poacking some serious automatic heat.

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being careful

While I don't need camouflage or drab colored clothing when rifle hunting 1st season I still wear it for one big reason. I may need to hide before I can get away.  I also have about 20 rifle rounds with me just in case, 10 in a pouch, 5 in a carrier on my stock, and 5 in my rifle.  If I stumble across someones grow or lab and they start in after me I can always remove and ditch my blaze orange and conceal myself to ambush them if I need to.  This is why my blaze orange is made up of just a hat and vest and nothing else, these can be removed without sacraficing the rest of my gear.  It's a sad fact, but as time goes on this is something that we all need to be vigilant of especially when scouting an area pre-season. 

It was either Field & Stream or Outdoorlife that had a few page article in an issue within the last 5 years about hunters missing that simply dissapeared and were never heard from again, no trace.  I recall most of these hunters disappeared during a scouting trip.  Some were older hunters but a great many of them were between 20 to 45 years old.  The article showed their pictures and where they were last known to be seen.  Scary! I can't help but think that many of these hunters stumbled upon something that someone didn't want them to see and needed to keep them quite.  Just be careful out there guys.  Drugs are destroying more of this country than we may realise.

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eerie feeling

Good post Critter.

 

I have stumbled across a few of these and the feeling is best described as eerie. Now I can usually smell them well before I get near enough to see the plants.

I walked up on one that still had the buckets of water/fertilizer mix, sprayer and several Pepsi's laying on a tarp. I quickly squated and slowly back tracked outta there wilst keeping a sharp ear and eye out for anything or anyone that may have posed a threat to me. Scared the crap outta me at first but after I reached the road then it just pissed me off.

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Good post Critter.

 

I have stumbled across a few of these and the feeling is best described as eerie. Now I can usually smell them well before I get near enough to see the plants.

I walked up on one that still had the buckets of water/fertilizer mix, sprayer and several Pepsi's laying on a tarp. I quickly squated and slowly back tracked outta there wilst keeping a sharp ear and eye out for anything or anyone that may have posed a threat to me. Scared the crap outta me at first but after I reached the road then it just pissed me off.

So what did you do about it?  Did you report it? 

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I absolutely reported it. Even walked the officers right into the area.

They removed around 80 plants from there but made no arrests. I think that I walked in on these guys while they were working their crop and scared them off. The investigators watched the area for several days in an attempt to catch these crooks but as I said, I think I pretty much scared them off when I wandered in on them.

Too bad they didn't catch them cause I could have gotten a $500.00 reward from Crime Stoppers had they made an arrest and gotten a conviction.

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I don't know much about growing conditions for marijuana, but I like to think that the area I hunt biggame most often is too arid and open for any growers to consider.  I just think it's a shame what's been infiltrating our wilderness lately.  Maybe it's always been that way and I just never realized it until watching the news or Nat Geo latley. I do get a little leary when duck huting some of the places I have been to here in Colorado.  Seen some stuff in those areas that makes me wonder how safe I'd be if I were out there too late after sunset.

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Well, even if it lacks water,

Well, even if it lacks water, they will find it somewhere.  Out here in CA, they will often locate their grove just into a canyon near some type of orchard, avacado grove, etc.

Then, they will tap into the orchard's irrigation system, and bury the line until it's out of sight of the workers.  Seen it happen alot.

 

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