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post #21 of 27 Old 04-29-2010, 03:22 PM
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Keep the shotty attached to the saddle, ;)

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post #22 of 27 Old 04-29-2010, 04:31 PM
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I guess the only thing I could really add, is that if you're riding across anyone elses' property that even if you have permission, to ask if the landowner is planning on hunting turkeys. You may have permission to cross, but it is irritating if you've been sitting there, hunting since dawn to have someone on a horse, atv, bike, walking - whatever, just go on through.
We had a situation like I'm describing happen a week or so ago. A neighbor, that had been told several times to CALL first before attempting to cross our property just decided to disregard our request to let us know before she showed up. The reason being the path off the farm is often blocked off with electric fencing, the path to the back may be blocked, or it just may not be safe to cross for any of 100 different reasons. Well, she went out & stopped right in front of my husband's blind where he was hunting. He'd been out there for hours, and she was instantly apologizing up & down for not calling. We've told her this is her last warning - call first or we'll pull permission.
I could go on about her, but long way around it - it never hurts to double check. If you're nervous about hunters, ask if there should be any out there. Just because season is open doesn't mean there's a hunter behind every tree.

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post #23 of 27 Old 04-29-2010, 07:45 PM
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My boss(a DVM) told me about a horse that he got called out to patch up after some city "hunter" shot at it. Luckily the horse was pretty far away. The horse was in it's pasture which boardered a piece of woods, the guy didn't have permission to be in those woods, nor did he have a hunting permit. He just came out cause he felt like shooting something and didn't know the first thing about proper hunting. One lawsuit later everyone is happy again....except for the trigger happy fool.
But other than that incident I don't think we have all that many calls for hunting accidents every year, which is good. That means the majority of people are using their brains.

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post #24 of 27 Old 04-29-2010, 07:51 PM
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One year after having a holstien cow shot by a stupid deer hunter (yes, a black and white holstien!) we used orange livestock crayons and drawing big orange letters on the cows saying COW on the side. Our white horse was labeled HORSE and the goats... etc.

We figured maybe they would be less likely to shoot our animals if we spelled it out for them.

Haven't had one get shot since, but our neighbor had 2 flea bit grey arabians shot in the neck and shoulder a few years ago.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #25 of 27 Old 04-29-2010, 07:56 PM
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No the record for free roaming Bull elk is held by the Spider Bull shot in Utah in 2008. It scored over 500. Which is absolutely Huge for an elk.

If Crested Butte still holds a record for a large elk, It would have to be for a captive or High Fence bull, not a public land free ranging bull.

Do a google search for Spider Bull and there are lots of hits that show photos of this grand bull.

No, it was free ranging, but the 2008 has probably overtaken it. I have been away from all that for a while. Sad to see the record change. We had it for a VERY long time.


The spider bull was an atypical bull, so not what one would call a normal record, IMO.

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post #26 of 27 Old 04-29-2010, 08:02 PM
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Definitely get that orange plastic tape and put it all over your horse. I leave it on the horse in the pasture too. All in their mane and tail. I like the idea of putting a vest on the horse, never thought of that. but as much orange or day glo as you can put on.
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post #27 of 27 Old 04-29-2010, 08:36 PM
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I guess the only thing I could really add, is that if you're riding across anyone elses' property that even if you have permission, to ask if the landowner is planning on hunting ....
This needs to be said more often and louder. I have permission to ride a gorgeous piece of property, and am the only horseman that has permission to ride that property, because the condition is ....don't interfere with the hunters who PAY to lease the hunter rights on the property and maintain it.

Whatever your opinion of hunters and hunting, if a group of hunters has reached an agreement with a landowner, they're going to be very careful and conscientious hunters to protect their rights to use the land. Horseman and hunters can use the same land only with mutual respect.
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