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Warning About Trail Cams

I have found out this last weekend that the BLM is picking up trail cams when they find them.  This has happened to two friends in Southern Utah and the BLM worker left notes on both locations on where the cameras were being taken to if they wanted to try and recover them.  I looked up the rules and regulations and they can pick them up after they are left for 72 hours, so be aware of what they are starting to do.  I am not sure what the National Forest policy is at this time but they may start doing it also. 

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Thats a bummer deal, I know

Thats a bummer deal, I know in oregon you can leave your property on public land for 14 days before they'll mess with it, i say good luck to them on finding mine.LOL

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The Law

numbnutz wrote:

Thats a bummer deal, I know in oregon you can leave your property on public land for 14 days before they'll mess with it, i say good luck to them on finding mine.LOL

The 14 days only counts for camping and not leaving personal property on public land.  You may want to read the law itself

http://law.justia.com/us/cfr/title43/43-2.1.1.8.109.6.html

You want to read section 8365.2-3(c)

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numbnutz wrote:

Thats a bummer deal, I know in oregon you can leave your property on public land for 14 days before they'll mess with it, i say good luck to them on finding mine.LOL

The 14 days only counts for camping and not leaving personal property on public land.  You may want to read the law itself

http://law.justia.com/us/cfr/title43/43-2.1.1.8.109.6.html

You want to read section 8365.2-3(c)

I read that straight out of the odfw regs and it state that all property including, camping equipment, treestands, blinds, and cameras and that was for all BLM,National Forrest and state land., I'll look for the ORS statue number when i get home. if one says one thing and anther say something else , they need to get on the same page.

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Wow... I didn't even think

Wow... I didn't even think about that when I put mine up. I'm going to have to find out what the USFS policy is.

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We've been told that

We've been told that ***Technically****, if they are left on public land, they are considered public property and anyone can claim them.  People who steal them are still scum in my book, but they are not doing anything illegal, I guess.....

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hmmm

I would argue with whoever told me that, by that logic someone could come to my camp that is on public land and claim it as his own,

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The difference I could see in

The difference I could see in your example is that your camp would be "inhabited", and in active use.  A trail camera is an inanimate object, that they could consider "abandoned".  I would say that if you left your camp up after the season ended, then it might very well be "legal" for someone to help themselves to your stuff.

Again, I don't agree with it, just trying to follow their logic....

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that is crazy

AZ had a rule you had to put your phone number on the cam.  They never said anything about pulling it.  I think they may have been writing down phone numbers to call people and get copies of their pictures for wildlife studies?? 

I guess we will just have to start putting our trail cameras farther and farther off the trail.  Good luck finding mine.

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