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    11-05-2012, 11:43 AM
Hunting season... Again.

Just a reminder for everyone to stay safe!

It's here again and I'm stuck at home. Yesterday afternoon around 4 I took my family down to a new forest service pond down the road in the ranger. We were wearing our orange, the pond is RIGHT by the road. Most city people are home by Sunday afternoon anyways. We went there to look for bear tracks, I've seen lots of big ones and my Papa is an avid hunter and tracker (me too) and since bear season is over we were looking for traces of the BIG ONE hoping he had made it.

We get there, and start looking around when a man bust through the woods obviously ticked that we were there. It's youth hunt but he had a pretty nice riffle in his hands. He angrily pointed out that he was hunting there, screaming at us for disturbing "his" plot. He asked me "YOU KNOW it's hunting season, RIGHT?"

Weeeelllll my BA side reached out and took over. I looked him straight in the eyes and gave him my sternest "YEP!". He stormed off and we kept looking. This guy was wayyyyy too close to the road! And sorry DUDE but it's forest service, free access to EVERYONE ANYTIME. Not like he had a truck parked there either so we knew he was there. Ugh. IF you don't want to be disturbed hike your happy fat tail OFF the beaten path. Some people.

Be safe guys!
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    11-05-2012, 11:45 AM
You have hunting on Sundays? Ugh. I honestly would rather they extend hunting season than take Sundays away.
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    11-05-2012, 12:05 PM
Green Broke
I hate hunting season!!! Ours starts Sat for 11 days. We already have uninvited people on our property checking things out. Horses can't even go outside on the weekends.
    11-05-2012, 12:09 PM
I guess I'm lucky; I live in a very rural area and all the neighborhood men are farmers and hunters, so they keep an eye on everyone's property.

Except for one strange incident about 6 years ago where someone shot a gun off right near the house, there haven't been any issues with hunters, dogs, or gunshots near my property.
    11-05-2012, 12:29 PM
Yes, and what REALLY ticks me off is that the stupid city folks come out here and use the forest as a shooting range for two weeks prior to gun season! And mid day at their deer camps they blast off hundreds of rounds for fun. They are just "shooting themselves in the foot", the deer know and come hide out at our place and other private property. Which then gets hunters on the fence lines.....

Last year we had someone hunting on us, IN OUR DEER BLIND!
It's booby trapped now, filled a bucket of horse poop and water and if they open the trap door wrong it's going to get them directly in the face. ;)
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    11-05-2012, 12:53 PM
Green Broke
Ugh.... hunting season opened a while ago here.

We're friends with one of the Game Wardens, he and I were going to go pick up our jointly-owned steer from the butcher and I got a call of "got idjits to deal with, give me an hour". Apparently a group decided to ignore the posted signs that a particular piece of state property was closed, cut the locks off the gates and go shoot geese in the pond!

His favorite this year was when he saw a hunter and stopped to check his license/permits, was admiring his kill and asked where he had shot from. Guy pointed to a lil thicket down from the road and then the guy's kid piped up, "Oh no Dad, you shot him from right over there ON the road. See, there's your spent round!". And since shooting from the road (or something like within 40ft of a road) is illegal....bye, bye trophy, hello ticket and free trip to the county jail.

I am snickering.... there's about 75 Antelope eating breakfast with my cows this morning. They ran from the state property up North where it's legal to hunt them and are eating the pile of old hay that we cleaned out of the hay barn yesterday. Very illegal to shoot them now, private property AND it would be considered "baiting" them since they are eating hay.
    11-05-2012, 01:20 PM
It's too bad some folks have a bad experience with hunting season. It's such a great time of year to be out enjoying the outdoors. Utah is 745 public lands, So lots of public land to explore. And our hunting seasons start in Aug with Archery and go through November. So 1/2 of the year somebody is hunting something. I don't avoid riding during hunting season. Just try to avoid the high traffic areas.

Forest Service land is public land. No one individual controls a given spot. Your hunter has no rights to complain about you checking out a pond. As you say, if he doesn't want to get distrubed, then hike farther off the beaten path. Or at least post some indication that a hunter is in the stand. I guarantee you that the Bears and Deer can't read the sign that the stand is occupied.

I ride my horse back in 7 miles to hunt. I don't get upset if I run into another hiker or horseback hunter. I do get pissy if I run into somebody on an ATV since the area is closed to wheeled vehicles. I always figure that If I have to obey the law, they should obey it also. And if they don't like the law, get it changed for all of us.

I have no patience for poachers or idiots. I hope the law enforcement gives them all serious tickets.
    11-05-2012, 06:06 PM
Wow, need to edit my post, Don't know how my typing got so bad. 74% of Utah is public lands. And Aug-Nov = 1/3 of the year not 1/2.

I often hear other hunters complain about how many other hunters they saw during their hunting trip and I think about how I didn't see another hunter in my entire field of vision for a weekend and realize they must not have been very far from the road. If you are not willing to travel to remote sections of land, you need to be willing to share what is easy to access.

And sometimes having others around is not a bad thing. If the animals never get distrubed they may just bed down and never move. Having a few others around, often helps keep the game moving and improve your chances of bumping into what ever you are looking for,
    11-05-2012, 06:31 PM
Green Broke
I don't mind hunters, its the deer shooters we have here, So far no sundays though. Most of them here don't get too far from their trucks, I imagine its too hard to drag the beer coolers. The so called hunt clubs in eastern Va are disgusting. They just line up along side the roads, turn dogs loose on another road, not caring whos land it is then shoot the deer as they run out into the power line access along the roads. You can't even still hunt or stalk deer on your own land because of them. Basically hunting season ends after bow and blackpowder close, the the dog hunters ruin everythign till mid january.
    11-06-2012, 01:24 AM
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
Most of them here don't get too far from their trucks, I imagine its too hard to drag the beer coolers.
Yeah. I've got no quarrel with sensible hunters - heck, I've been one from time to time, and might be still if I didn't hate loud noises. If it was up to me, though, having beer and guns in the same place would be treated the same as driving with an open container.

And then we get the "target" shooters who set up right next to the (dirt) roads, spend hours blasting away, and then leave a pile of empty shells and beer bottles. Don't know how they can afford it, as last I looked ammo wasn't exactly cheap.
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