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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-06-2016, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Have you experienced hunter harassment?

Reason I ask is, on Saturday when my son and I were walking back to my truck, one of the local residents near where we hunt came roaring up to his property line on a dirtbike, then roared back to his house. He repeated this about 4 times. We had to walk the field in front of his house which is not this man's property. I figured he saw two hunters and decided he would be a jerk and try to scare the deer away. We were done hunting for the morning so it wasn't a real big issue, but it just looked fishy as heck the way he appeared, then disappeared the instant we got back to the truck. Maybe it was just a coincidence, I don't know. Not sure how to approach the situation if he tries this again.

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I had a gas well tender pass me while walking a gated road in bear season a few years ago. He first saw me when he went to open the gate to drive into the well. When he got out of the truck he cranked his radio full blast, slammed the trucks doors and slammed the gate. When he drove by me he yelled that I needed to get in the woods to kill a bear. I ran into him the next day with a similar experience. This time I got his plate number and reported him to the gas company who's well he was checking. I don't know if anything ever happened with it though. I can't imagine they would tolerate that type of behavior as they have a black eye to begin with. Best part was I killed a bear there a few days later.

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For hunter harassment you have to prove intent by getting the person a warning from a WCO first. You have to prove that the person is harassing you because you're hunting.


I've dealt with numerous idiots over the years. One guy who was an idiot neighbor of a property i had permission to be on. He thought he was the only person who had permission to be on there and he acted like he owned it. Every time I hunted, he would find me in the woods and try to kick me off. He called the cops on me numerous times. It was non stop. The landowners would confirm with the cops that i was allowed to be on there. I've always had great interactions with my local wco's but i was told this time by a regional supervisor to find somewhere new to hunt. They wouldn't even warn the guy.
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Had it happen one time while we were snowshoe hare hunting. The well tender gave me a line of **** about modern day muzzleloaders being as accurate as rifles. One of the beagles ran up the road toward me and told him we were rabbit hunting with shotguns.
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For hunter harassment you have to prove intent by getting the person a warning from a WCO first. You have to prove that the person is harassing you because you're hunting.


That I've dealt with numerous idiots over the years. One guy who was an idiot neighbor of a property i had permission to be on. He thought he was the only person who had permission to be on there and he acted like he owned it. Every time I hunted, he would find me in the woods and try to kick me off. He called the cops on me numerous times. It was non stop. The landowners would confirm with the cops that i was allowed to be on there. I've always had great interactions with my local wco's but i was told this time by a regional supervisor to find somewhere new to hunt. They wouldn't even warn the guy.

I would have fun with that joker. Find out where he lives and go there daily to remind him you have permission and you just wanted to give him a heads up that you are color blind and wanted to warn him not to be wondering around to avoid an accident. If that didn't work, there are many other methods to deal with the joker. Forget the police call the warden.

There was a guy that trespassed on several properties in our area. While at the local diner one day a friend and I were talking with him. The subject of color blindness came up. He asked what color I see when I look at fluorescent orange. I immediately said it looks like deer color to me. Never saw his vehicle after that day. Lol

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I would have fun with that joker. Find out where he lives and go there daily to remind him you have permission and you just wanted to give him a heads up that you are color blind and wanted to warn him not to be wondering around to avoid an accident. If that didn't work, there are many other methods to deal with the joker. Forget the police call the warden.

There was a guy that trespassed on several properties in our area. While at the local diner one day a friend and I were talking with him. The subject of color blindness came up. He asked what color I see when I look at fluorescent orange. I immediately said it looks like deer color to me. Never saw his vehicle after that day. Lol

I would strongly advise against this. Threatening somebody's life can get you in trouble a couple different ways.
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When I used to hop off the bus in the afternoons and go archery hunting in my teens I was victim to harassment almost daily by the neighbors. Deer bedded on our farm and were mostly feeding in a neighbors field so like any young archer would do, I set to ambush them entering the field. For years, probably 5 or more, the neighbors would fire up their fourwheeler and chase all the deer out of the field half an hour before dark. Even in my teens I was only targeting mature deer so their tactic really put the brakes to my effort. Really annoyed me at the time and annoys me ever more so looking back on it now.

I never said anything or chose to seek any legal action. They used to shoot some giant bucks in their field before they started screwing with me. Now we simply post someone up in a treestand in the funnel leading to their field every day of rifle with the sole intention of halting any buck from entering. All it takes is a simple wave of the arms and the bucks head back for cover. Probably been a decade since they shot a nice buck. Don't bite the hand that feeds ya.
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I used to hunt a property that bordered a posted property. The stand I hunted in was about 75 yards to the left of the property line. When the guy who owned the property saw my truck parked, he would drive his ATV up the property line, stop and wave at me and drive back. One evening I had an 8 pt come out. The area was pretty thick and the only shot I ended up having was right before it crossed over to his property. All I could see was the shoulder so I passed. If I had a clear shot at the neck, I would have dropped it just inside the property I was on and left him a gut pile a few feet off of his property line.

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This isn't a story from me but a good buddy on public land we hunt. Archery hunting two years ago in a climber during early muzzleloader he had a guy come through wearing orange and muzzleloader hunting. He waved, the guy waved back (maybe 60-80 yards) and keeps coming. Stops 20 yards from his tree and takes a leak. When asked WTH he's doing the guy says "it's public land, I can do what I want. There's not much you can do about it 20' up a tree".
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Just two days ago, had another incident with a neighboring property owner as I was walking in the field I have permission to be in but was about 20 yards from the property line. So, the neighbor drove past me on the road, then turned around, went real slow past me and stopped, then kept going, stopped again, etc. Then he sat on the edge of his property waiting for us to leave to try to get our plate number, so we drove up to him, stared him in his eyes and then floored it, lol. Ahh, just a normal day on private ground.

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