Originally Posted by Law Dawg (ret)
This is written with so much subjective wiggle room that all the Ranger needs to say is it is "unsightly inappropriate camping gear" and you are done. We all agree that LNT hammocking is 100% appropriate (MUCH more appropriate than an RV), the Rangers may not though and with no clear definition of "unsightly or appropriate" you are sunk...copy of those weak rules or not.
Not raining on your idea but as a former LEO I know full well how we can win with weak stuff like this for ammo. Getting the rules clarified is the best option in the long run...love the State capitol idea if y'all are ready to really lay on the hospitality and maybe even involve some media (politicos love that media). Mean time act like you own the camp spot and set up. If the Ranger arrives, invite them in for fresh brewed coffee and a granola bar while cheerfully educating them on LNT hammock camping. A
and a kind word will carry us much farther than a
I completely understand where you're coming from. As the son of a LEO i've heard my father have plenty of conversations about the specificity of the wording of laws. Yes, the ranger can use the wiggle room to slide his way. But it's also possible that he doesn't know the exact wording himself. Then showing him that there is wiggle room may work in your advantage. It's also possible that they don't know the regulations have been updated. As was the case a few years ago when Georgia changed the gun carry laws to allow carrying on MARTA and in bars as long as you aren't drinking. You'd be surprised at the number of posts I read of people being stopped by police who had no idea the rule had been changed.
But in the end it is all up to the authority figure. And I could not agree with you more that a smile and a politely phased inquiry (add a sir or ma'am if you don't by default) go a whole lot further than being confrontational.