i find that bull****. cops have better things to do than surf around 4 wheeling' websites...
i still say that someone tipped them off. which is a real dbag move, we were just going up there to cruse around the woods for a little fun.. not looking to go on illegal trails or cause havoc on any wildlife, like a hunter. to the tipster, thanks for wasting jim and i's time, gas, and ruining our fun.
anyway, what you're saying is, i have to get my hunting licenses and bring a rifle with me anytime i go back there and i'm fine?
seems like an easy way out of a ticket for free range to the trails
I didn't say cops were surfing the forums. There are whole groups that exist solely to make sure that motorized use doesn't take place in the woods, in the desert, even on private land. Maybe a member of the CFPA (CT Forest and Parks Association.. NOT a state agency) Local Sierra Club, local Nature Conservancy, Appalachian Mountain club plus a whole bunch of others may be lurking and making calls to the DEP. However, there are officials within the DEP that are not enforcement officers who DO surf the web looking for all sorts of illegal activities. There is a friend of ours over on the CTTrails.org forum who is a CT EPO and he has told us a lot of behind the scenes info on what takes place in the CT DEP.
During hunting season, the DEP will often open certain gates to allow hunter access. You need to show proof that you're hunting. Hunting season is only about 2 months and has different seasons within that. There is black powder season, bow season, rifle, etc. If you bring a rifle out and have a hunting lic and its during bow season, you'll have a ****load more hassles than just a simple trespass or misuse of trail fine. A hunting lic will cost about $28 a year and only gets you access to those certain roads for 2 winter months. You should contact the DEP directly to find what roads would be open for hunter access.
Joining a club is $50 a year and you'll have access to 120+/- events throughout New England, with the security and knowledge that where you are going IS legal.
I will say that I have reported people who were blatantly scheduling an illegal run. I don't want to see the years of work that a whole lot of people have done keep going to waste over the fact that people don't like to listen to years of knowledge and experience and continue to wheel illegally. I did NOT however make any phone calls in this situation as you were (as you mentioned above) NOT looking to do anything illegally.. AAMOF, you specifically asked questions about where you wanted to go and I answered specifically. Trust me, if I called, you would certainly know it was me..
You were actually being rather responsible. I respect that. Its a lot more than can be said for some users of JeepForum.
As I have mentioned time and again, if anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.