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Was looking around to try to determine if there was a law that said you had to have your gun cased and unloaded while a boat was moving. Anybody seen this and know where it can be found?
 

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Boat is moving, unload and put it in case. Might not be The Law, but not a bad idea.
Pretty sure a GW could rightfully ticket you for having it loaded, uncased probably not, but shell in gun=bad form when moving.
 

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I haven't seen any law requiring your gun to be unloaded and cased. I don't think it's safe to have loaded guns laying aroung the boat, especially if dogs are in the boat. But I'm not your mother or the saftey police. But I keep my gun in a floating case while in the boat. Safe insurance to keep it off the bottom of the river/lake and keep Mr. Green Jeans happy.

Also, Shotgun is correct about it being illegal to shoot from a moving boat.
 

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It says to have it cased in the fishing guidebook, but i cant find it in the waterfowl guidebook.
GWs have told me to either have them unloaded in a case or in a gun box if u have one!! im not sure if they told me that bc of safety or bc of the rule!! but for your own safety unload your gun!! oh and to not have any greff from the gw put them in a case or itll cost 220 and 6 points!!!!
 

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Well let's just say I'm cruising along with my trolling motor, because I don't have an outboard, I hear some ducks in the brush so I stop the trolling motor and forward motion of the boat. Can I have my gun loaded and ready to shoot while I'm moving in case some jump out of the buck brush? I know all the theory's of what they could do and what they might but I need the actual law.
 

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Hunting from Motorized Vehicles

It is illegal to hunt from a motorized boat or sailboat, unless the motor has been been completely shut off and/or the sails furled, and its progress from those means has ceased.

It is illegal to hunt migratory birds from any motor-driven land vehicle or aircraft of any kind. Parapalegics and persons missing one or both legs may hunt from a stationary motor-driven land vehicle.

Rallying with Motorized Vehicles

It is illegal to hunt migratory birds with the aid of any motor-driven vehicle or sailboat used to rally, concentrate, drive or stir up birds....... thats all i c on the g&f website
 

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pluckyduk:1417857 said:
Well let's just say I'm cruising along with my trolling motor, because I don't have an outboard, I hear some ducks in the brush so I stop the trolling motor and forward motion of the boat. Can I have my gun loaded and ready to shoot while I'm moving in case some jump out of the buck brush? I know all the theory's of what they could do and what they might but I need the actual law.
When the boat stops
 

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You can hunt from a moving boat as long as the propulsion ceases at the time you shoot........if you hunt a river / stream as some do in our area ,the current will continue moving the boat 5-10 mph & still be legal; the old law said the foot of the motor had to be out of the water
 

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Well let's just say I'm cruising along with my trolling motor, because I don't have an outboard, I hear some ducks in the brush so I stop the trolling motor and forward motion of the boat. Can I have my gun loaded and ready to shoot while I'm moving in case some jump out of the buck brush? I know all the theory's of what they could do and what they might but I need the actual law.
Buy a paddle........
 

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Hmm maybe thats what the guys were doing that I was talking about on "Lake Dardanelle" I guess they were on plane running 3/4 throttle then slamming it in reverse thus "stopping the foward motion" of the boat then blasting them. Oh Its all so clear now. Guess they were legal :smack:
 

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It is illegal to hunt from a boat if moving. Putting it in a case unloaded prevents the ability of G&F to try to say u were.
I haven't seen any law requiring your gun to be unloaded and cased. I don't think it's safe to have loaded guns laying aroung the boat, especially if dogs are in the boat. But I'm not your mother or the saftey police. But I keep my gun in a floating case while in the boat. Safe insurance to keep it off the bottom of the river/lake and keep Mr. Green Jeans happy.

Also, Shotgun is correct about it being illegal to shoot from a moving boat.
:head:Moving or under power?
 

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Hmm maybe thats what the guys were doing that I was talking about on "Lake Dardanelle" I guess they were on plane running 3/4 throttle then slamming it in reverse thus "stopping the foward motion" of the boat then blasting them. Oh Its all so clear now. Guess they were legal :smack:
the way the rule sounds that would b legal!! dosent make any since to me!!!!
 

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Ok, so lets say you are chasing a crippled in the river that is going for the buck brush. It is too far to kill where you are hunting out of the boat, so you motor over to it to finish it off before it goes under and you lose it. You don't unload your gun and shoot the crippled while the boat is still moving. Could you ethically get away from shooting a crippled duck out of a moving boat before it got away and you did not get it because it dove under and didn't come back up??
 

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Ok, so lets say you are chasing a crippled in the river that is going for the buck brush. It is too far to kill where you are hunting out of the boat, so you motor over to it to finish it off before it goes under and you lose it. You don't unload your gun and shoot the crippled while the boat is still moving. Could you ethically get away from shooting a crippled duck out of a moving boat before it got away and you did not get it because it dove under and didn't come back up??
YES YOU CAN MOTOR OVER TO THE CRIPPLED DUCK WITH A LOADED UNCASED GUN. Shoot it after the boat ceases to move from the propulsion of the sail/motor ......if there is current or flow from the river ; you can legally shoot if the boat is being moved by the current. Dang how simple can it get ????
There is case law where charges were thrown out because it could not be determined when the propulsion ceased & the natural current was at play.......
 

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If its a cripple, he might as well get out his ticket book because im wide open till im in range and he gets blasted before he gets to the brush or goes under. I dont care how fast im going.
 
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