Is it ok to hunt Pokemon on a farm?

A long, long time ago, when Gameboys were black and white and Pokemon was first popular, I was the proud trainer of a pretty ferocious Charizard.Is it ok to hunt Pokemon on farms?

My brother and I were obsessed with Pokemon, spending as much time playing as my parents would allow.

When I saw the new Pokemon Go game was released, I couldn’t help but smile thinking of how many adults my age were rekindling their childhood love of catching and training those little virtual creatures.

If you’ve read my blog in the past, you know I mostly focus on food and farming. I’ve written about anti-family farming extremist groupsfood shaming and how to save money on groceries.

So why on earth am I writing about Pokemon?

Because my news feeds are blowing up with news stories about people playing Pokemon Go and wandering their way into trouble!

Which got me  thinking, what’s an easy way that a Pokemon Go player could get themselves into trouble in the rural area where I live? Wandering around on a farm.

Here’s a few reasons why:

Private property

First of all, its important to respect private property laws. If you wouldn’t wander into a stranger’s living room to catch that Jigglypuff, then you shouldn’t wander into their barn or crop field.

Plus, you don’t want your Pokemon hunting to end with a conversation with your local law enforcement. If a farmer sees a strange person wandering around on their farm, chances are the police are going to end up involved.

A farm is a business

Would you go into a department store and walk all over all of the folded clothes they’re selling until you caught that Growlithe?

Of course not! That would be extremely rude and damaging to the product they’re selling.

What if it was a field of corn or soybeans?

Wandering around a crop field, stepping on plants and knocking over corn stalks is damaging the product that farmer depends on selling to support their family.

Safety

What seems like a simple hop over a fence could leave you seriously injured.

First of all, the fence itself could hurt you.

It might be made of barbed wire (a type of fencing with sharp metal pieces that can easily cut you) or it could be an electric fence. Trust me, if it’s shock is strong enough to deter a 1,000 lb animal that means its not going to feel too good to you either!

Speaking of animals, you should never get in an animal’s pen without permission from the owner.

When an animal encounters a stranger, they are often frightened will probably do one of two things: run away from you or charge at you. Either way, you or the animal could easily wind up seriously injured.

Even if a pasture looks empty there could be an animal in it. During the summer, most livestock like to hang out in the shade. So while you might not see that bull hiding out at the edge of the woods, he sees you.

So is it ever ok to hunt Pokemon on a farm?

Sure, if the farm owner gives you permission.

During your conversation, be sure to ask if there are any safety concerns you should be aware of (aggressive animals, sinkholes, electric fences, etc…)

Don’t assume that you have permission to return and hunt again whenever you want. Things could have changed since the last time you were there. An area that was once safe for you to wander around might not be anymore. Always speak to the farm owner before you go out onto their property.

Most importantly, respect the farm and make sure not to damage anything.

Hopefully these tips will help protect both you and your local farms on your quest to catch ’em all! 

About Celeste

Celeste grew up on a family beef cattle and show pig farm in Western Kentucky. In addition to farming and life as a restaurant wife, Celeste owns Celeste Communications where she works as a photographer, graphic designer, videographer and consultant. This blog is Celeste's personal soapbox. Any ranting or raving is her own and does not reflect the opinions of any of her clients. All photos and posts are copyrighted property of Celeste Communications.

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Is it ok to hunt Pokemon on a farm? — 2 Comments

  1. Celeste,
    First of all allow me to say I’ve been reading a LOT of your posts. Everything from safe donations to truly worthy causes to the FFA and, now, poke hunting etiquette. While I was reading I was thinking why would anyone go onto anyone’s property without asking permission. I can’t believe that most farmers wouldn’t permit this with a few caveats that are for the hunter safety of course. It’s really no different from the old fashioned hunting and, I’ve met some of the best people in my life just by asking if it was ok to hunt on their property. I come from Central Pennsylvania. Some of my friends from the area claim my extended family own most of the cove. Hehehehe. A bit of an exaggeration but meant with affection and, admiration all be it an outlandish exaggeration.
    Anyway, I can’t help but be overwhelmed with joy Everytime I read anything you write! I am SO proud of you! I know I don’t know you but, I can tell A LOT about you from what you write and, the way you write it. I ONLY have one suggestion. Let a little more of your joy come thru. A little more of your love. A little more of your inner soul. You are a wonderful loving person and, others should have the gift of seeing that too. Some of what your write is too clinical. Too professional. Just not enough of the REAL you. I realize you have probably been instructed to present yourself in the completely opposite direction than I suggest and, I understand the thinking there. However, dealing with the issues you seem to deal with. I think it’s safe for you to let more of YOU come thru. I believe you would reach more people and be more convincing to MANY more. I’m pretty good at reading between the lines. Many of the other sheeple are just simply not able. You really really are a FANTASTIC human being with more compassion for your fellow humans AND animals in your little finger than most of the sheeple have in total! My heart is filled with joy Everytime I read something you’ve written. You truly are a wonderful person. Let that love shine thru. I can see it, some others certainly can too. But, I am afraid the majority have not a clue. Sheeple. I feel bad for demeaning sheep with that description. But, it’s the 2017 now and, this is just what it’s become. So, don’t revolutionize your writing just tweek it a little and, let that wonderful loving heart shine thru for the rest… Those who can’t see so easily,. You have given so much and, I suspect you have so much more you would love to give. I’m sorry if I’ve said too much. Nothing I’ve said was meant in a negative manner what so ever. Quite the opposite. I hope to be incouraging. You truly are an inspiration. I just believe you could reach deeper to a lot more with just a little more of your true nature. That part of you that loves… Everything and everyone. Please oh, Please don’t take me the wrong way. I just believe you could do so much. Reach so many. I do believe you ARE doing his will.

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