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post #41 of 84 Old 02-16-2012, 04:29 PM
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I went out to feed the horses during the first day of hunting, and there was someone within 200 feet of me, shooting in the other direction, but TOO close! Scared the daylights out of my horses, despite them being used to shots, 'cause he was SO close. I hollered, asked him to get away from the horses, as I was actually afraid he would scare them into stomping me. Unnerving!
Was he on your property?

If not, you have no right to demand he do anything.
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When it is hunting season here, it is seven days a week. It goes WAY too long. Usually from some time in September until the middle of January.

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There is an open season on some game or another almost continuously from September to January in virtually every state in the nation.

And in most states, hunting is allowed seven days a week.

Whatever do we, who live in those places, ever do to ride?

You all need to ratchet down the anti hunting anti shooting hysterics.
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I am not anti-hunting.

It is annoying when guys shoot too close to the road. It is also illegal.

With the exception of that group that I mentioned earlier, most hunters are polite, slow down their trucks if they see your horses, and won't bother you. I ride dirt roads and do see a lot of hunters. Since they can't hunt the actual roads, they shouldn't shoot me. I wear orange when I ride during the season. Most hunters do not want to make the locals mad because if they are leasing the property, that is a sure fire way to lose your lease. I am guessing that the people that really hate hunters are people that ride off road trails on public lands. I ride the dirt road that go through areas where people are hunting. I don't ride on opening weekend of deer season. I try to avoid other extremely busy hunting times. I can see why people enjoy having a hunting free day each week. I also think that if they tried to restrict hunting one day a week here in Georgia, hunters would be rioting in the streets.

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im not anti hunting, I am anti dog deer hunting and anti Sunday hunting, and its not hysteria. I really don't care about other states and how you get along. As others have stated what goes on in Eastern VA is different than other states.
There are no effective trespass laws. Dog runners turn their dogs loose on any ones land they please then will shoot the deer as they run across the road. They sit in and around trucks, lots of noticable drinking, shoot deer as they are chased, into and across roads and trails, god forbid they get off there butts and out of range of the beer coolers and actually walk in the woods and hunt. Yes I know the vast majority of hunters are responsible safe people, its the handful of very visible slobs along the roads that worry me. Just read the news f the wild horses on CHincoteage mistakenly shot during a group deer hunt, oops.
The target shooters tend to be shooting at a fixed target and not trespassing. Usually on their own land. I shoot alot myself. SO saying people can shoot seven days a week doesnt help much. I am very involved with this issue. Much of what goes on here is unique and people that coexist with hunting in other places don't get the anti sunday, and general anti hunting sentiment over this fight in Virginia.
In VA there are no enforced trespass laws, no enforced road hunting laws, we get massive numbers of dogs and huge clubs with dozens of shooters running dogs and staked out every 100 yards up and down the roads and trails. With lots and lots of buckshot shooting.
Whats sad is I am not exaggerating, drive around eastern Va on a saturday in December.
There arnt many injuries, only a couple fatalities a year, but that is because NO one except the dog clubs will step foot in the woods except on Sunday.
I am sure this issue will be back next session. Be alert next january.
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If people turned their dogs out on other people's property to run deer here, there would be a lot less dogs. People would shoot them. In my county, there is a $2,000 fine for trespassing and hunting on somebody else's place and it is enforced. Private property ownership is highly respected. Deer hunters pay a lot of money for the right to have exclusive use of deer hunting land. It sounds like a totally different environment from what you seem to have.

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If people turned their dogs out on other people's property to run deer here, there would be a lot less dogs. People would shoot them. In my county, there is a $2,000 fine for trespassing and hunting on somebody else's place and it is enforced. Private property ownership is highly respected. Deer hunters pay a lot of money for the right to have exclusive use of deer hunting land. It sounds like a totally different environment from what you seem to have.
which is exactly what I asked the sunday hunting supporters to get BEFORE asking for Sunday hunting laws,
Those hunters should be the ones screaming loudest for trespass laws and enforcement, dog hunting restrictions, and property rights of the non hunters.
If hunters would police their own, and work towards laws and enforcement that ruin it for everyone, you would see opposition to Sunday hunting disappear.
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Was he on your property?

If not, you have no right to demand he do anything.
He was within the illegally close to a home limit in PA and was not supposed to shoot within 100 yards (I was told by a game warden - no I didn't report the guy or complain to the warden!!). ;)
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which is exactly what I asked the sunday hunting supporters to get BEFORE asking for Sunday hunting laws,
Those hunters should be the ones screaming loudest for trespass laws and enforcement, dog hunting restrictions, and property rights of the non hunters.
If hunters would police their own, and work towards laws and enforcement that ruin it for everyone, you would see opposition to Sunday hunting disappear.
This is true. I can see how people who live with responsible hunting can scratch their heads to what seems like anti- hunting opposition. Like what's the big deal? But it's obvious they don't live where hunters are a threat. I'd never, ever want to live where gun laws and trespassing laws aren't enforced but I know there are lots of places that they aren't.
Honestly, I've never met anyone who is anti hunting. It's more anti hunter- as in the type of hunter they have in their area. Nobody can enjoy their hiking or riding if they are worried being shot. If I did ride during hunting season, I'd be decked out in blaze orange, but really, the fact that you even have to wear orange makes we nervous. That means that hunters are shooting at moving objects before identifying them.

Oh and I'm not skeered of guns at all! Lol. I've had a gun in the house as long as I can remember. I know how to shoot if the occasion called for it. It's being in the woods and someone thinking I might be a deer kind of freaks me out.

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