Of course not, but the point of the DH program is to entice volunteers and RAC participation. And let's face it, most of us aren't actually out there looking for violations...we're hunting. Since visibility is a deterrent, I think DH hunters on visible patrol could be very effective, (not to confront or detain but only to educate and report).HOGAN said:You have to be a DH to patrol or keep an eye out for suspicious behavior?
We "ARE NOT" bestowed with any LE duties or anything along those lines. We are given the "Priveledge" to hunt three seasons for mule deer buck, for what I consider a very small price.soules2007 said:The point being if the DWR is in any way suggesting that DH are to also be law enforcing hunters, the DWR has really derailed, and is setting itself up for much saddness. I do beleive that reporting an incedent is much diferent from confrontation. This was the first time up until this post that i had heard DH being used to enforce hunting laws, it makes me want to read about the DH and find out what kind of authority the DWR is bestowing upon the elite unit of the DH.
Of course they can, and they do. That's not the point. Confrontation isn't the point, either. Helping law enforcement and being law enforcement are totally different things. At present, DH volunteers help with checkpoints during the hunts, so liability isn't an issue when it comes to citizens helping with law enforcement.TRDHUNTER said:On the issue of having citizens confronting people there would be a huge liability in the case of something happening. With the use of a camera and or a cell phone I think the majority of people can make a difference just by paying attention and calling the proper authorities.
It can be a hobble to the DWR, but DH can pick their own region and if you have unlimited or raised the cap on the DH program then less people would draw who arent in the DH program. If you are talking about no cap then why not have everyone be in the DH program and everyone is required to put in service hours.But like I said, it's just an idea. Bottom line - there's no reason to cap the DH program. So why does the DWR hobble itself?