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Does a Conservation Officer have the authority to search your vehicle with out a search warrant, either federal or state?

The authority for this is found in NJSA 23:10-20 which states, " A member of the Fish and Game Council and any conservation officer may, without warrant search and examine any boat, conveyance, vehicle, fish box, fish basket, game bag, game coat or other receptacle for game and fish, when he has reason to believe that a provision of this Title, or any law supplementary thereto, or any State Fish and Game Code has been violated...". If a warrantless search is conducted the officer could be required to explain the circumstances that lead him to believe that a violation had taken place at the probable cause hearing.