I think you're confused about some things. What makes you think police officers are "supposed" to have a signed search warrant to conduct a traffic safety checkpoint? As a 17 year police officer, I can assure you that is absolutely not true! I can provide case law if you like. Operating a motor vehicle on a highway, like hunting, is a privilege, not a right. I know the right to hunt/fish law was passed but it still has to be done legally.
A safety checkpoint can be conducted anywhere, anytime. However, a citizen doesn't have to submit to any inquiries from the officers unless there is a search warrant. (Don't have to roll windows down, answer questions, etc).
There is a ton of media coverage of police officers abusing their power anymore. That got me wondering about what rights you have as a hunter when it comes to being stopped and asked for hunting license, orange card, etc.
Can a C.O. FORCE you to produce ID (assuming you are following all laws and there is no other reason to stop you)?
Also, are the rules different on public/private land?
A police officer has the right to pull you over just to check to see if your license, ins., and registration are all kosher. The CO has the same right in the woods while you are hunting, or doing anything else that would constitute you needing a lic., etc to do thay activity. If you are not hunting or participating in any kind of activity that would cause you to need a license, tag, etc., you don't have to show them anything. There is a fine line there that many people don't understand. Its really not that confusing when you really think about it.Right. But you aren't supposed to get pulled over if you are obeying all traffic laws in the first place. Once you speed, run red light, etc- that's when you can be stopped
That's what I'm trying to say! Plain and simple....it is not a right to hunt and fish just like it is not a right to drive a car. Those are things you choose to do and there is nothing wrong with them making sure your playing the game the way you should.I encourage you to ask and seek the information on the subject.
But I do want to point out you have made several comments concerning your liberties. I can understand that and feel the same way on certain things.
But the US constitution doesn't grant you the right to hunt or fish. Same as it's not in there that you have the right to drive a car .
These are privileges granted by the states we live in. Your "liberties" are not being infringed upon when a CO ask to see your license and you submit to being checked once you partake in the activity. The act of hunting or fishing is not a liberty.
Also believe you will find within Ky laws and statutes concerning CO's ..they actually have more authority concerning coming on to your property and searches related to fish & wildlife issues than other law enforcement.
Which things change and there's been discussions in the past involving limiting that ability. But I don't think that ever came about. Only big change in this of late was KSP had took back over water patrol where as KDF&WR were over it.
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Jd I love you but couldn't disagree more. Co's are granted soooooo much authority....it basically throws the constitution out the window. They are given the ability to enter private property without a warrant. They are allowed to "contact" the general public without due cause. They can basically do whatever they want. For what? Let's not act like they fund themselves from busting poachers and trespassers (the bad guys). They overwhelmingly get their money from license fees and from citing basic infractions.If the OP thinks simply asking for your license is overstepping the boundary..... he really needs to hunt federal property or a military base. Gives new meaning to providing proof .
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