Judges Reign in Game Wardens, Declaring Warrantless Searches on Private Land Unconstitutional

By Daniel Walker | May 15, 2024

The Court of Appeals

In a recent ruling in Tennessee, the powers of the state's game wardens in monitoring hunters and anglers on private land have been limited. 

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The Court of Appeals decision states that wildlife officers are no longer allowed to enter private property without a warrant to investigate wildlife crimes.

Conducting surveillance

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It may come as a surprise to some that entering and conducting surveillance on private lands without a warrant or informing the landowner has been a common practice for many state fish and game agencies.