Kind of a long story as all this started last year, but figured since the DNR put themselves in this position, wanted to see what others thought or whether this has happened to others. Every fall, several friends and I frequent a guided goose/duck hunt on private property in SE Washtenaw County. Well starting in the early 2006 goose season, going into the late Goose season in January 2007, my friends and I hunted at this location 4 times. Every single time we were there, we were paid a visit by one of four law enforcement agencies, Washtenaw Sheriff Dept, local Township Police, DNR and the State Police. One of the neighbors was complaining that we had shot their house. Well we (the guide & the hunters) know this to be a lie, due to the layout of the pit blinds. The closest blind to any dwelling marks out using a Leopold RX-1 range finder at 230 yards (690 ft). This exceeds the state minimum requirement of 150 yards (450 feet). We were not even shooting from the closest blind, plus the house making the phone calls (found out which residence it was last week) is over 600 yards from the closest pit blind! This happened twice while I was there (2 times while friends were there) and every time I observed this, the officers walked out into the spread of decoys (pit blinds in a field) while we were hunting. Three separate flights of geese (20+ birds) veered off due to the officers visit costing us a shot. The geese had their landing gear locked and lowered for final approach. It did not ruin the day, but we could have had a chance to finish filling our limit on those flights. To say this was annoying is one thing, but after the late season was over, managed to talk with the guide and he indicated a history of such phone calls. Started looking into the two laws that would apply, the Hunter Harassment Laws, and the Stalking Law in the state of Michigan. Funny thing is, you cant have Stalking in the legal definition without first having established Harassment is occurring! Second, the penalties for Hunter Harassment are roughly one half that of the Stalking Law. Not to mention that if you harass with phone calls under the Stalking Law, there are paragraphs defining this but none in the Hunter Harassment law. Therefore, I am a citizen, yet because I hunt, I receive one-half the protections if I am harassed while hunting! Well, over the last 8 months, I have spoken to 3 senators, 2 Representatives, the Sheriff dept, the State Police dept, MUCC, the head of DNR Law enforcement , one of the DNR Lieutenants and the Washtenaw County Dispatch. The chances of changing the law are non-existent, trust me on this one! The bottom line is that using someone else to harass by using a state law enforcement agency, will not be prosecuted under the Hunter Harassment law in Michigan. The best avenue recommended to prosecute and make the charge stick for this phone call harassment was to go after the person for making a false police report. If the people in charge will not prosecute under the Hunter Harassment Law then what use is the Hunter Harassment law? First, unless you managed to file an immediate charge of harassment with the investigating officers who paid you a visit, you are pretty much screwed. If you try after the fact, you need to submit a Freedom of Information Act request with the main dispatch office. You try to establish that it is the same residence making the calls and that the residence making the calls is within range to have a valid complaint. The trick with the Freedom of information act, is that they will not reveal personal information (for obvious reasons) and unless you have specific times, or detailed specific requests, you will get a useless response. I had not filed charges immediately, and the two tries at getting the Freedom of Information Act as evidence didnt pan out either for lack of detailed time (within an hour, which officer responded, yada yada), so I failed to ask the right question. I then tried to arrange having a law enforcement agency, in this case the DNR, to stop by and validate the ranges of the hunting location against a current PLAT map of the property. The intent was that with a law enforcement validation, a copy of the documentation would then be provided to all law enforcement departments in the area. When the idiot makes another false report, the law enforcement agency that responds would talk to them, rather than the hunters. I had discussed this with Lt Jane Gordon, DNR Law Enforcement based at Roselawn, Lansing Michigan and she had agreed in principle to have the local DNR officer (probably Josh Winters) to stop by at the property to validate the ranges. Lt. Gordon asked that a week or two before the season started to call and make arrangements. I spoke with the property owner where we hunt and they agreed it would be a good thing to have a validated document for future issues as there is more and more development occurring in that neighborhood. Well, since that time, there is a temporary head of DNR Law enforcement due to Alan Marbles forced retirement. When I called Lt Gordon two weeks ago, I come to find out the temporary supervisor has rescinded this offer of assistance. Done so based on the simple response, If we do this (validation) for one person, we would have to do it for everyone. I only wanted 10 minutes of time and a signature, but I guess that is just way too demanding a request to ask of the DNR! Well, does the picture of smoke coming out of someones ears give a visual idea of how P.Od I was! I do believe Lt Gordon understood how I felt at that time (no cussing or name calling trust me I was at work,) so she promised to call back. Guess what, havent heard from her yet. Being good friends with several V.P. s in MUCC, I called in a few favors to see if pressure could be applied, but they gave me the same answer the law enforcement people did, pursue the making of false police reports. Then to top this off, found out last week from the property owner where we hunt, that last season, the local DNR officer had first stopped by the residence of the person calling in the complaint. It seems, and this is the words of the property owner, that DNR officer Josh Winters told the person that he knew that there was no physical way shots hit the complainants house. Yet he still came out to visit the hunters in response to a shots hitting the house call last season. In summary, I am not too happy with the DNR for lack of support and their not forcing the issue back to the person making the false phone calls. I went to the extra effort of trying to PREVENT HARASSMENT and the DNR doesnt want to help!Any suggestions on other avenues would be appreciated, legal ones anyway , LOL! There doesnt appear to have been a complaint the other day (Labor Day, 2007) when we hunted there, but we had only two shots and maybe the "home owners who make the false reports" were out of town. I had my copy of a Hunter Harassment form ready to be filled out, along with my range finder, but no such luck. However since no one has stopped them from doing this yet, I expect it to happen again. In addition, if others were themselves perplexed as to what the DNR did or didnt do, it would be great if others contacted Lt Jane Gordon, Roselawn division, and or DNR officer Josh Winters, to ask them why! Pretty sure both are listed in Michigan DNR Law Enforcement division contact page. Ozzman Wanna kill these ads? We can help!