Feds Warn Hunters Not To Leave Trailers Unattended

November 25, 2013

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — State wildlife officials are voicing their disapproval of an effort by federal officials to warn hunters not to leave unattended trailers in northern Arizona's national forests.

The Daily Courier reported that the U.S. Forest Service is getting complaints about hunters leaving trailers unattended for days so they can reserve spots. Federal officials said the vehicles could be vulnerable to theft or vandalism and could impede fire crews trying to conduct prescribed burns.

State and county officials said hunters should be able to leave trailers on the forest while they work during the week and return to hunt on weekends.

Game and Fish Director Larry Voyles accused the Forest Service of changing the rules on the usual 14-day camp limit, but federal officials explained that rule remains unchanged.