We ride in a Corps of Engineers park on Lake Sam Rayburn - that is my favorite place to ride. It is surrounded by private property and National Forests. There are deer stands in there. I have seen them with my own eyes. We also ride in a park in Beaumont, TX that is owned by the city - no hunting - but it is surrounded by private property.
Last year two drunk idiots from south of Houston were on a deer lease just about 40 miles north of here. They shot and killed each other over a fight at their campsite. Woot! Sounds like idiots on the loose to me.
As far as personally be affected - yes, as a matter of fact I have. When I was 21 years old my cousin, Darren, went out to target practice in October. He was only 20 years old. He was shot and killed by an idiot that he had just spoke to....I was heart broken and still am 30 years later. He was my best buddy growing up and his death has been something that has just been devastating to my entire family. The man was NEVER charged with anything. Darren was standing beside his 1977 Thunderbird - not a small car - when he was shot.
So, yes, tragedy has struck my family from an idiot hunter or wanna be hunter. So while I am not particularly afraid to ride, no one in my group wants to ride in Ebenezer during hunting season - and I ride with a lot of guys who do hunt.
I am not anti-hunting in the least. My husband used to hunt, my real father and step dad hunted. I believe people should be able to hunt but it would be great if people were more responsible. I am well aware that a PERSON shot Darren - not a gun...certainly not anti-gun in any shape, form or fashion. I do not hunt simply because I have no desire to shoot an animal...but I have excellent hand eye coordination - I bet I could skeet shoot if I took a mind to it.
As a side note, my horses are stabled at a barn that the owners are avid marksmen/women. Ms. Jean and Mr. Gus have won many national awards for their marksmanship and attend shooting matches all over the country. Mr. Gus has more guns than a gunshop and ammo in the barn in in pallets!!!