Anyone who rides off of their own property, on either government or privately owned land, needs to educate themselves about the hunting seasons and regulations in their state and locality AND develop a decent working relationship with the hunters.
For instance, in Virginia, not only is it legal for a hunter to come onto your property to retrieve his kill; it is legal for him to come onto your property to retrieve his dogs during seasons and in areas where it's legal to hunt with dogs. Most will, as stated earlier in this thread, ask permission if possible, but it is their right to come on your property to retrieve their game OR their dogs.
My point is that whatever your views on hunters, hunting and consumption of meat, you have a *BIG* common interest with hunters, like it or not - preservation of the rural countryside and the continued good will of public and private land owners. Horsepeople copping an attitude about hunters and hunting is short-sighted and cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Most hunters in my area pay fees to lease hunting rights on private property and do maintenence and upkeep on the property that they hunt. Most horsepeople do neither. If the landowner has to choose one or the other; which one do you think they'll choose?
Learning the hunting seasons, regulations and respecting the hunter's sport and rights are the first steps in coexisting peacefully with hunters and sharing the land.
Last edited by maura; 11-29-2010 at 12:17 PM.