- Aug 22, 2010
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You're stopped my the DFW (water or land) and comply with requests to produce I.D., your fishing/hunting license, stamps, any safety check stuff but refuse to answer any questions about "what you're doing" citing your right to remain silent" because you suspect the Warden is fishing for any reason to cite you. Your position is this: I have the right to remain silent, if you have just cause to cite me, do it. If you have just cause to arrest me, do it. Beyond that I have nothing further to say to you except..."Am I being cited, detained or arrested?" Granted...it's usually easier to just be polite and answer everything knowing you're legal BUT if there are activist officers (as some have alleged here recently) or you are dealing with a Warden that (through previous experience) you know is less informed than you are and/or attempts to get you to incriminate yourself so he can issue a citation...what happens if you simply refuse to speak? I've always gotten along with the GWs but have heard some very interesting stories from reliable (completely legal) hunters who have had contentious and unnecessarily difficult encounters.