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This past week I saw some of the worst hunting practices ever on public land.
My wife and I arrived at Michaux stateforest to see about 15 guys standing in the middle of the road. I told my wife that it looked like they were going to put a drive on. We went in the woods about 70-100 yards away hoping to keep some distance from them. That turned out wrong. As we were sitting there we could hear them hollaring while walking through the woods. While I don't have anything against them doing a drive the way they did it was the worst I have ever experienced.
While we were sitting there one of the guys was walking 75-80 yards in front of us. Someone else started screamining "they are coming". About that time there were 8 doe running right to the guy in front of us. When they got about 30 yards from he he started shooting. He shot at all of them until his gun was empty and started to reload.
One of the other guys driving hollarded and asked him if he got an of them. His response was "I don't think so"

My wife's response was if she had been that poor at shooting at that close range, and shooting wildly like he did she would be so embarressed she would throw her gun away and never go back out again.......... I would have to agree with her.

Most of the guys we saw were older, 50ish. I would have expected better of them.

Needless to say we got up and left. We just didn't feel safe.
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Where abouts in Michaux, similiar incident saturday morning happened to my brother while he was in the stand. Had guys all around him who were "driving" and wildly shooting. Send me a PM with location if you don't feel comfortable on an open forum announcing teh location

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Silent drives are a lot more effective that the banging and screaming kind.



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It was on Pine Grove Ridge road... I think thats the name. It is the road near the Pine Grove atv parking lot. It is where that road and Railroad Road intersect.

We normaly only deer hunt on private property but decided to give the area around the atv trails a try. Won't do that again.
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John S I would agree with you 100%. I think the success rate on a silent drive is higher, IMO
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It was on Pine Grove Ridge road... I think thats the name. It is the road near the Pine Grove atv parking lot. It is where that road and Railroad Road intersect.

We normaly only deer hunt on private property but decided to give the area around the atv trails a try. Won't do that again.
What time of day?
I had drivers by me in the morning in Michaux. Sounds like the same crew.
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How far off the road was all of this?
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Not sure of exact time maybe 10am - 12
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May of been the same group, but different drive from one i'm referring to. One I'm referring to was about 7 in the morning! They ended up driving the same couple areas all day. I talked to one of the guys, said they shot 1 small doe fawn in the first drive. another guy unloaded oin a small herd of deer flat out running in a thick clear cut. Said the guy unloaded and the deer were like 80 yards into the clear cut. Just shooting at brown moving targets... SLOB!!!!!!!!!

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Tidewaterguide,

It started at the road and went into the woods.
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