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Old 03-20-2018, 06:54 PM   #1
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I see this a lot & I’m honestly curious why they seem to never publicly mention the names of the violators, but they are always sure to include the names of the enforcement officials involved…?
Why not make violators of NYSDEC regulations public also?
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Old 03-20-2018, 07:35 PM   #2
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because charging someone does not make them guilty. if law enforcement does publish or give out their names, any good legal counsel will argue they can't get a fair trial, because of bad publicity. at least that what my legal counsel told me...
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Old 03-20-2018, 07:35 PM   #3
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The NYS Outdoor Writers Association has been asking the same question for decades, at least those who run the ECO blotter in their columns.
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Old 03-20-2018, 07:53 PM   #4
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because charging someone does not make them guilty. if law enforcement does publish or give out their names, any good legal counsel will argue they can't get a fair trial, because of bad publicity. at least that what my legal counsel told me...
Yes but often when there is a news article about someone(s) being charged with breaking the law the word “allegedly” is included along with the names of the alleged violators. No?

I guess it’s only a “slap on the wrist” type of violation anyway, so why bother embarrass the “alleged” violator(s) any further, I’m sure they’ll learn their lesson & it’ll never happen again.

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Old 03-20-2018, 11:07 PM   #5
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Poaching used to be punished with transportation to The colonies
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Old 03-21-2018, 09:42 AM   #6
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Ten years ago four guys got busted on Lake George that had about 500 perch. Their names were listed as a local reporter took the time to obtain the police reports, rather than just run the ECO blotter. A few weeks later, two of them got nabbed again. It was the big story in town for a while, as all of us in the ice fishing community knew all four guys and both ECO's.
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:03 AM   #7
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I think that the names are not published because it's only a violation (I think?) and not a misdemeanor or or felony. Just light running a red light or stop sign, your name doesn't get published.

Me thinks they wan't to get to word out that you can't do this sort of thing, but the level of the crime is low.
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:14 AM   #8
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a while back on a facebook post, a question was posed as to whether fishermen or hunters made up the majority of regulation violations. It seemed to be about 50 50 , but then switched to hunters being the bigger violators.

It seemed to me, based on experience that fishermen would win that by a mile. Of course that would only be based on the general observations of one person, combined with the fact that violations could be on a much smaller scale in fishing than in hunting, but I am wondering what you guys think about that? it also seems like it could be an apples to oranges thing as well. Plus, I don't hunt so I don't know much about that side of it.
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:31 AM   #9
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a while back on a facebook post, a question was posed as to whether fishermen or hunters made up the majority of regulation violations. It seemed to be about 50 50 , but then switched to hunters being the bigger violators.

It seemed to me, based on experience that fishermen would win that by a mile. Of course that would only be based on the general observations of one person, combined with the fact that violations could be on a much smaller scale in fishing than in hunting, but I am wondering what you guys think about that? it also seems like it could be an apples to oranges thing as well. Plus, I don't hunt so I don't know much about that side of it.
I would tend to agree. It seems like it would be way easier to stuff a few extra fish into your cooler than it would to drag a deer out of the woods and strap it to your car outside of deer season.
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Old 03-21-2018, 03:40 PM   #10
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re: Poachers

It's weird, and probably jinxing myself, that I've NEVER been asked for my fishing license in NY or CT since I had to get one as a teenager(~40 years). I've seen ECO's drive right by me when I'm suiting up in my waders and waved hello, stop to chat about conditions, etc.
I feel pretty certain that if I were putting on hunting gear and had a rifle or shotgun nearby they'd ask to see if I had a valid hunting license though. This may be a generalization, but I just think ECO's have a more critical eye toward hunters, perhaps for safety reasons, or that license fees are much higher for hunters, especially out of state ones. Catching a poacher of game has a much higher financial return in fines for NYS than of catching someone poaching fish too I think.
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Old 03-21-2018, 04:59 PM   #11
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When I was a teen, fishing a stream with a friend, we were asked to show our licenses. I had mine, but my friend had none. He was asked to get one asap and to show it to the ECO, no ticket. I don't remember if he did or not. That was the one and only time I have ever been asked for my fishing license.

Some years later I had hiked on Tug Hill through the woods from one road to the next to come out in a field behind my grandfather's house, which was then owned by my uncle. A ranger standing behind the house met me and asked me to show my pistol permit for the sidearm I was carrying. I did so, no problem. Turns out my uncle had previously complained about poachers on his land.
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Old 03-21-2018, 05:55 PM   #12
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In all my years of fishing in the Adirondacks I've had my license checked twice, both times by the same ranger. He happens to be a guy I highly respect.

I think the only reason we have any poaching problem at all is that we have so few resources out there to enforce the regulations. I'd happly pay more in license fees for more enforcement.
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Old 03-21-2018, 09:04 PM   #13
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I think that the names are not published because it's only a violation (I think?) and not a misdemeanor or or felony. Just light running a red light or stop sign, your name doesn't get published.

Me thinks they wan't to get to word out that you can't do this sort of thing, but the level of the crime is low.
Do they actually post public news articles about someone running a red light or a stop sign just to mention the enforcing officers name?
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:19 PM   #14
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In all my years of fishing in the Adirondacks I've had my license checked twice, both times by the same ranger. He happens to be a guy I highly respect.

I think the only reason we have any poaching problem at all is that we have so few resources out there to enforce the regulations. I'd happly pay more in license fees for more enforcement.
Same thing with me vtflyfish... In all my years of trout fishing, I've only had my license checked by an ENCON officer once, and that may only have been because I approached him just to chew the fat a bit.

And I completely concur with the lack of enforcement issue, and would also happily pay higher registration fees to turn the tide. Poaching issues aside, my singular biggest issue is the trash left behind by some of our brethren. I once witnessed a guy toss a bag of garbage into the stream I was fishing about 100 yards upstream of me. While he was too far away for me to get a license plate number, I certainly voiced my displeasure and was quickly flipped a double bird!
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Same thing with me vtflyfish... In all my years of trout fishing, I've only had my license checked by an ENCON officer once, and that may only have been because I approached him just to chew the fat a bit.

And I completely concur with the lack of enforcement issue, and would also happily pay higher registration fees to turn the tide. Poaching issues aside, my singular biggest issue is the trash left behind by some of our brethren. I once witnessed a guy toss a bag of garbage into the stream I was fishing about 100 yards upstream of me. While he was too far away for me to get a license plate number, I certainly voiced my displeasure and was quickly flipped a double bird!
Part of the lack of enforcement issues is that the DEC has the ECO's doing many other things then fish and wildlife. Inspecting dumps, waste water plants rescues etc etc. I will say this about the poaching issues. An ECO can ticket someone all he wants but until the judges start hitting them harder in the wallet it will never change. For example last summer a guy got caught jacking deer in July Judge fined him $25 yes twenty five. No confiscation of guns or anything else.
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Old 03-22-2018, 07:29 AM   #16
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Part of the lack of enforcement issues is that the DEC has the ECO's doing many other things then fish and wildlife.
ECO's are manning the subways in NYC. It's a joke, and a misuse of the resource.

NY just got $28 million from Pittman/Robertson and Dingell/Johnson funding, which by Federal law, the state has to match 25%. As many here know the money has to be used to benefit fish and wildlife and in a lot of recent cases it is spent on acquiring new lands outside the Adirondacks. (They use EPF funds here).

There is some Federal legislation in the works to allow it to be used for promoting hunting and fishing, but I wouldn't mind seeing some of it also going towards staff with the requirement that they be in the field tending to hunting and fishing matters.
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Do they actually post public news articles about someone running a red light or a stop sign just to mention the enforcing officers name?
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Old 03-22-2018, 08:31 AM   #18
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In all my years of fishing in the Adirondacks I've had my license checked twice, both times by the same ranger. He happens to be a guy I highly respect.
I'm quite certain many ECO's often keep from making their presence known until they see someone who appears, at least, to have a reasonable possibility of actually catching something.
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The Poachers around my area, 30 miles west of Albany, are pros.... They have been poaching for generations and are very careful.. it will take the community’s help and quick response to catch them. In all reality, Dec would have to get very lucky to catch them red handed.
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Old 03-23-2018, 09:09 AM   #20
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ECO's are manning the subways in NYC. It's a joke, and a misuse of the resource.

NY just got $28 million from Pittman/Robertson and Dingell/Johnson funding, which by Federal law, the state has to match 25%. As many here know the money has to be used to benefit fish and wildlife and in a lot of recent cases it is spent on acquiring new lands outside the Adirondacks. (They use EPF funds here).

There is some Federal legislation in the works to allow it to be used for promoting hunting and fishing, but I wouldn't mind seeing some of it also going towards staff with the requirement that they be in the field tending to hunting and fishing matters.
Yes, and revenue from timber sales on state Forest , goes into the general fund.
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