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Shooting from a boat/raft

I just saw a hunting show where Bob Foulkrod shot a brown bear while float hunting. He shot it from the boat however. Is this legal? I'm assuming so since it made it on TV but I just didn't know you could do that.

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It all depends on what state

It all depends on what state you are in.  In some it is leagle and some it is not.  But even in those that it is leagal it is mostly considered unethicle

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As long as you are not under

As long as you are not under power and the bear is out of the water.

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I'm pretty sure in oregon its

I'm pretty sure in oregon its illegal to shoot from any boat or raft.

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So you can shoot from a

So you can shoot from a motored boat/raft as long as you have the engine cut and are only floating?

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You can.....

hawkeye270 wrote:

So you can shoot from a motored boat/raft as long as you have the engine cut and are only floating?

You can, though it is usually as easy to hit  target from a rocking or moving boat as some think.

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Funny you posted this, cause

Funny you posted this, cause I just saw a guy on "For love of the hunt" shoot a Moose from a boat in Alaska, and I was wondering if it was legal too.....

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I can imagine that it would

I can imagine that it would add a little bit of difficulty to the shot. But I'm also picturing the shots being pretty darn short too. I'm not sure I would consider it fairchase though. Does anyone know if B&C allows animals taken in this manner to be submitted?

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I would think that as long as

I would think that as long as it is "legal", and free range, then there should not be a problem with it.

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i dunno

I dont see how it wouldnt be fair chase, if it was legal than it wouldnt be any different than sitting and waiting at a food source or watering whole, when i think of this i imagine floating a river seeing an animal, getting out stalking up on your gam and putting a shot on. i just dont see whats weong with that. it would be like spot and stalk just on the water and not on land.

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Unethical or Fair Chase

I don't think it's either, the game has ALL the advantage.

They see me coming, I can't hide and ya otta try getting a steady shot off from a boat. On the calmist of waters you'll find you are still bobbing around a good bit.

If one were ever tell to a duck hunter his hunting methods were unethical, I'd bet ya find the comment challenged.

Been there done that and plan to do some more of it...

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