I missed a bit here it looks like, not just talking about the tickets either.
These are their Rules pulled straight from their site, which I've read before we went on our first trip a month or so back. There is NO CLAUSE restricting us from what we were doing.
The land that we wheel (well, did) on is an actual park, not just open land in the middle of nowhere. This place is a decent size, and TONS of people use this land without any restrictions by signs, warnings, etc. We had even talked to a few guys last week who were training their hunting dogs and they were even askin how the trails were after they saw our trucks, meaning they know thats what they are used for, and it's a common thing. People don't do "cloak and dagger wheeling" at Swan Creek. We are not destructive guys at all, we are always respectful, and if we would have known that the land that we were on was off limits to what we were doing, we wouldn't have been doing it, simply put.
IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL:
1. To hunt, trap, use dogs, possess firearms, ammunition, traps or bow and arrow, except bow fishing equipment from March 1-August 31, without a valid permit. A permit is valid only during scheduled management
or refuge area seasons during legal hunting hours and only with the required licenses and stamps and weapons and ammunition permitted for hunting the wildlife listed on permit. See (22) for limited exception for
certain lawfully licensed handguns possessed for personal protection.
2. To use dogs for hunting, training or any purpose from March 1 to the opening of the following fall gun season.
3. For any person under 16 years of age to hunt on the management area unless accompanied by a licensed hunter at all times.
4. For any person to carry firearms in or on a vehicle, any of the following, any firearm (including pistols) with ammunition in the magazine, breech or clip attached to firearms or black powder weapons with primer,
cap or flash powder in place, or cocked crossbows. See (22) for limited exception for certain lawfully licensed handguns possessed for personal protection.
5. To camp in the management areas. No warming fires shall be permitted on the areas.
6. To kill or willfully molest any species of wildlife except those designated for hunting. However, this regulation shall not apply to coyote or feral swine, which may be killed during all scheduled management area
hunts, when possessing a valid permit and using weapons and ammunition that are legal for such designated hunts. Additionally, bobcat and fox may be killed during deer and turkey seasons in that county, when
possessing a valid permit and using weapons and ammunition that are legal for any open designated WMA hunt (DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY) (NO DOGS ALLOWED). Only one fox may be harvested per day.
7. To discharge fireworks at any time.
8. To discharge firearms for target practice, except on the designated target range.
9. To hunt or discharge firearms within 150 yards of any camping area, dwelling, dam or timber operation, within 100 yards of any paved public road or highway, within a posted safety zone, or on Sunday within onehalf
mile of any church.
10. To use fire to smoke out game.
11. For any person except authorized personnel to operate any motor driven vehicle behind, under or around any locked gate, barricaded road or sign which prohibits vehicular traffic.
12. For any unauthorized person at any time to operate a motor scooter, motorcycle, motorized trail bike, or any motor driven vehicle on the management area (WMA) except on regularly used roads open for public
use by four wheel vehicle traffic.
13. To ride or possess horses except on roads or trails open to four-wheel motorized vehicles or on roads, trails, or in areas designated as open to horses. Riding or possession of horses shall be
restricted to holders of a current valid Wildlife Management Area license and a valid wildlife management area permit.
14. For any person except authorized personnel to block or otherwise stop traffic on any road or at any gate by parking a vehicle in such a way that passage around the vehicle is impossible.
15. To deposit, distribute or scatter grain, salt, litter, or any other materials on management area prior to receiving approval from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
16. To damage or remove any artifacts, trees, crops or other plants, dirt, gravel or sod from management area without legal authorization.
17. To erect or use a permanent tree stand or scaffold without written permission from the landowner.
18. To hunt from an elevated stand or platform without first attaching themselves to the tree or platform with a full body safety harness capable of supporting their weight.
19. For any person to release any animal, bird, fish, or other wildlife without first obtaining permission from the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.
20. For any person to take, catch, kill or attempt to take, catch, or kill mussels during the prescribed waterfowl hunting season.
21. For any person to hunt blackbirds during the regular waterfowl season.
22. Nothing in this regulation prohibits or requires a wildlife area permit for the possession of handguns by lawfully licensed persons for personal protection, provided the handguns are not used to hunt or take or to
attempt to take wildlife except as otherwise provided by this regulation.
The following regulations will apply only to the dewatering slough within the Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area:
23. To leave their vehicle parked at the approved launching sites; hunters must use the designated parking areas. However, approved handicapped vehicles may be parked at the designated handicap parking location at
the main launch only.
24. Anyone launching a boat, preparing to hunt waterfowl within the dewatering unit may not depart any launch site before 4:00AM daily. With the exception above, all other hunters preparing to hunt waterfowl
within the dewatering unit shall not be allowed in the water before 4:00AM daily. All boats and boat blinds used in the harvest of waterfowl within the dewatering area shall be floated to an approved launching site
for overnight mooring or removed from the dewatering unit no later than 7:00PM daily.
25. To take fish for commercial purposes and/or to use commercial fishing gear within the dewatering unit from Nov. 1-Jan. 31 of each fiscal year.
26. To use airboats on the dewatering sloughs.
27. It shall be illegal to install permanent waterfowl blinds (those using building materials and/or remaining in position overnight anywhere on the Swan Creek or Mallard-Fox Creek WMA except on the Swan Creek
WMA dewatering unit where specified. All such blinds to be placed in the dewatering area must be registered with Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division officials in accordance with the Regulations and
Permanent Blind Drawing Qualification Procedures.
So before you start making comments regarding how "disrespectful we are" and names like "people like you" maybe you should actually know a little more about us, the land we wheel on, and our decisions based on existing actions by other people without issue, their rules for the park, and no posted signs, thanks.
On to a lighter note with everyone else.....this was the text I got while I was at work at the time which is absolutely priceless.....