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    11-03-2010, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
Of course it was purposeful! Hunters rarely shoot each other or anything else on accident. For every accident you hear about there are tens of thousands of hunters that go afield safely and ethically. I am about sick to death of all the ill-informed comments regarding hunters and hunting that have been on the forum recently. The facts don't support these opinions.
Kevin, I don't know what facts you are talking about, but as a matter of fact several people at my local forum (trail riders mostly) were almost hit by the bow, and one by the bullet. Unfortunately it very much depends on where you live. Many people around here are rude towards others and don't care much if the animal or other person will get in troubles (BTW, it's very true about driving as well).
     
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    11-03-2010, 02:59 PM
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This has happened near me too, but it was cows, but who's to say they won't shoot a horse if they'll shoot a cow. It always makes me worry about my horse's safety.
     
    11-03-2010, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
There is no hunting in the dark (which means they wouldn't have been hunting in the middle of the night) and no hunting on Sundays. This wasn't a hunter.
Farmpony, are you talking about law or reality? We had shooting every weekend mid-day - 10 - 11 pm for about 2 years in row right next to my property (actually fence line for the horse field). By law they can't shoot closer than I believe 100 feet from the fence line (if not more). They still did. My neighbors (who also have horses next to mine) tried to talk to them and got no response/respect back. Thankfully they disappeared at the moment. Hopefully will never come back...
     
    11-03-2010, 03:06 PM
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I agree hunter's break laws all the time, not *all* but there's those few. Who's to say it wasn't a hunter. My bet is someone just getting a kick out of killing someone elses animal, but you never know.
     
    11-03-2010, 03:16 PM
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The problem is there are indeed few that break the law (I agree with Kevin on that), but even those few is enough to hurt someone innocent. It's especially true for private lands: the bullet doesn't know the boundary, unfortunately, and most properties in MD are rather small and population (including number of hikers, bikers, dogs, horse riders, and whoever else in public parks) is very dense.

I don't know if that was a hunter who killed the horse (and to be honest I don't think so), but it may be. You just never know.
     
    11-03-2010, 03:24 PM
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I agree, only takes one to hurt. But there's a difference between a hunter's stray bullet and someone knowingly pointing the gun at the horse to kill it for fun. You need help if you do that cause who's to say he won't pick a human next.
     
    11-03-2010, 03:34 PM
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Hunting is legal on Sunday in my area. It used to not be allowed but it changed many years back.


I have to agree with Kevin here. Good hunters are respectful and care about not only the environment but also the people who own the land around where they hunt.

At the hunter safety course I took the importance of being respectful of land owners was stressed.

Real hunters are not what you have to worry about. You have to worry about the idiot wanna-bes.


BTW - in my area (Western NY) gun season for deer does not start until November 20th.
     
    11-03-2010, 03:34 PM
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Kitten val-that was the point I was trying to make with Kevin. In this area (DC Metro) it is densely populated, but in many places looks like wide open spaces. I am not sure people who don't live here understand. It is a unique area, imo. Several years ago I actually aborted a trail ride from schooley mill after hearing shots. Not worth taking a chance.

"Real" anything-hunters, boaters, etc are not the issue. Agreed. But there seem to be many more "wanna-be's" around here.
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    11-03-2010, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Farmpony, are you talking about law or reality? We had shooting every weekend mid-day - 10 - 11 pm for about 2 years in row right next to my property (actually fence line for the horse field). By law they can't shoot closer than I believe 100 feet from the fence line (if not more). They still did. My neighbors (who also have horses next to mine) tried to talk to them and got no response/respect back. Thankfully they disappeared at the moment. Hopefully will never come back...
I'm actually trying to, in a politically correct sort of way, trying to say that I don't think it was an actual hunter. It was either a miscreant, a spotlighter (which is someone breaking the law obviously) or a butthead. I wouldn't scream hunter though.
     
    11-03-2010, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
BTW - in my area (Western NY) gun season for deer does not start until November 20th.
In the MD/VA area it doesn't start until Thanksgiving. We've already had bow season and muzzle loader season I think. It might be racoon and opossum season now....coyote maybe....?
     

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