legality of hunting this place?

Discussion in 'Bowhunting Talk' started by virginiashadow, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. virginiashadow

    virginiashadow Legendary Woodsman

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2009
    Posts:
    17,975
    Likes Received:
    10,647
    Dislikes Received:
    17
    For the first time in my life I'm living in a community with an hoa (ughhh). There are approximately 240 acres of open lands wedged in between housing areas. These areas are open to everyone in the neighborhood. One particular wooded area is about 50 acres and is nowhere near houses. I've checked the hoa rules and it doesn't mention anything about hunting. There are no, no hunting signs, and I checked all the local county ordinances and it appears there is nothing illegal about hunting there and with a bow.

    What do you think?
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2019
  2. Blarney22

    Blarney22 Die Hard Bowhunter

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2013
    Posts:
    1,229
    Likes Received:
    357
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I would ask a local Warden his/her thoughts and not bring it up to the community you live in.
     
  3. Sota

    Sota Legendary Woodsman

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2014
    Posts:
    17,175
    Likes Received:
    6,641
    Dislikes Received:
    44
    Location:
    Minnesota
    If it has an HOA is has a board, ask them.
     
    virginiashadow likes this.
  4. Slugger

    Slugger Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2012
    Posts:
    7,295
    Likes Received:
    2,113
    Dislikes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Eastern NC
    I agree with asking the board members. Send lots of gifts with a letter!
     
    virginiashadow likes this.
  5. virginiashadow

    virginiashadow Legendary Woodsman

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2009
    Posts:
    17,975
    Likes Received:
    10,647
    Dislikes Received:
    17
    This is a "progressive" community. Doubt they will say yes. Haha

    Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
     
  6. 87TT

    87TT Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2013
    Posts:
    88
    Likes Received:
    28
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Idaho
    I'd do it until they tell me no.
     
  7. wl704

    wl704 Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2012
    Posts:
    5,102
    Likes Received:
    2,811
    Dislikes Received:
    6
    Location:
    greater-Charlotte NC
    Have any stats from local PD on accidents, county biologist that can help make a case to manage populations...?

    I think you're gonna have an uphill fight, but should get board approval, explain safety mitigants (e.g. Shooting down from a stand, your safety gear) and your experience plus any 'experts' like the above may help.

    Ultimately, you could argue, there is no ordinance or HOA clause, so this would be property owner discretion, right...?
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2019
    virginiashadow likes this.
  8. Ridgerunner3

    Ridgerunner3 Die Hard Bowhunter

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2016
    Posts:
    1,644
    Likes Received:
    2,657
    Dislikes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Missouri
    If you can't find anything that explicitly says no, then you are probably ok to hunt it. IMO I wouldn't go to the board, since they may close your loophole. Not sure about state laws on land owner permission where you are, but that may be the hard part to get around.
     
    WillO and virginiashadow like this.
  9. Blarney22

    Blarney22 Die Hard Bowhunter

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2013
    Posts:
    1,229
    Likes Received:
    357
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    If the Warden says it's a legal place to hunt, and the HOA does not lay out rules for hunting I would go that route without addressing the board. If you bring it up to the board it will likely get rejected or, at a minimum, give others the idea to hunt the same potential honey hole if they give the green light.
     
  10. Cannon06

    Cannon06 Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2018
    Posts:
    190
    Likes Received:
    144
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Eastern OK
    Check city ordinances, and see if you'd be in violation of anything first. If you're out in county line you'll probably be good. With the HOA, I guarantee someone will complain if they see you dragging a deer out of the tree line. The board might be ok with it, but worst case you get fined $25. Set up a trail cam and see if it's worth your time and trouble. If theres a decent buck, might be better to ask forgiveness after the fact lol.
     
    early in and virginiashadow like this.
  11. grommel

    grommel Die Hard Bowhunter

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2013
    Posts:
    2,331
    Likes Received:
    574
    Dislikes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Levittown New York ( Long Island )
    I would go see if their is a HOA president or someone like that and ask.
     
    virginiashadow likes this.
  12. John T.

    John T. Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2018
    Posts:
    477
    Likes Received:
    166
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Some municipalities don't allow hunting in any way, shape or form. Are up in the city limits or county? That might determine if you can hunt. If it's on your "home turf," check the HOA rules. Some are really weird. I know of a guy who can't even fish in the pond in his community. My parents lived in a subdivision in Florida. Dad had a sheet-metal business. Had to park the company pickup in the garage due to commercial vehicles not to be visible from the street.
     
    virginiashadow likes this.
  13. parkersdad

    parkersdad Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2013
    Posts:
    743
    Likes Received:
    90
    Dislikes Received:
    1
    I would tell them if it's brown it's down. Next I would warn them to wear something other than brown when hiking through the woods.:lol: . All kidding aside I like the idea of asking the game warden before saying anything to the home owners association.
     
    virginiashadow likes this.
  14. virginiashadow

    virginiashadow Legendary Woodsman

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2009
    Posts:
    17,975
    Likes Received:
    10,647
    Dislikes Received:
    17
    I've checked all county ordinances and I'm 100% legal in terms of location and weapon used.

    I have access to those 240 acres per my hoa contract. I picked a spot that isnt within 600 yards of any known trail.



    Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
     
    early in, MUDSHARK, dnoodles and 3 others like this.
  15. Sota

    Sota Legendary Woodsman

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2014
    Posts:
    17,175
    Likes Received:
    6,641
    Dislikes Received:
    44
    Location:
    Minnesota
    You can complain about what the HOA decides but that is what you get for living in a place that has a HOA.
     
    early in and virginiashadow like this.
  16. virginiashadow

    virginiashadow Legendary Woodsman

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2009
    Posts:
    17,975
    Likes Received:
    10,647
    Dislikes Received:
    17
    Not real happy about the hoa thing but it was the best decision for my kids for what they are going through and the quality of the schools, some being the best in the state.

    Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
     
    MUDSHARK, Sota and Swamp Stalker like this.
  17. Sota

    Sota Legendary Woodsman

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2014
    Posts:
    17,175
    Likes Received:
    6,641
    Dislikes Received:
    44
    Location:
    Minnesota
    I believe that is called opportunity cost.
     
    virginiashadow likes this.
  18. Ridgerunner3

    Ridgerunner3 Die Hard Bowhunter

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2016
    Posts:
    1,644
    Likes Received:
    2,657
    Dislikes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Missouri
    If that is the case, I'd do it. I'm not a cop or a lawyer tho!
     
    virginiashadow likes this.
  19. virginiashadow

    virginiashadow Legendary Woodsman

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2009
    Posts:
    17,975
    Likes Received:
    10,647
    Dislikes Received:
    17
    Btw. I'm not too worried about hunting this spot. Since we moved this year I've scouted a good 150 hrs on several large public pieces. I just like the idea of hunting 1 mile from home.


    Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
     
  20. pastorjim08

    pastorjim08 Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    May 1, 2009
    Posts:
    9,095
    Likes Received:
    2,836
    Dislikes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Indiana
    At least go do a walk-thru. There may be stands already in there.

    Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
     
    early in and virginiashadow like this.

Share This Page