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Welcome becomes unwelcome

Iam sure this happens a lot but how many hunting camp owners invited guests onto there camp to hunt or fish but then feel or see that your gesture is being abused

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Re: Welcome becomes unwelcome

Yeah, we have had that with a few guests over the years. You bring em up to camp once, then they start feeling like they can just show up whenever someone is there! We finally told one guy, that unless he comes with a guest, he wasnt welcome.

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Iam sure this happens a lot but how many hunting camp owners invited guests onto there camp to hunt or fish but then feel or see that your gesture is being abused
Yup. But they are weeded out within a season or two.

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Re: Welcome becomes unwelcome

I don't own a camp but I do own some land that I have let people use at times when they ask. After a while they feel they can go there whenever without asking. It gets to the point at some times that I can't even hunt my own piece of 30 acres because someone else is there without asking.

I have a driveway into the place and the intent was to build on it at some time. I cleared around the young trees on the edges of the driveway. One guy sighted his gun in with a target at the base of a 8" diameter tree taking chunks out of the base of it. I was just furious about it but tried to keep my cool. Of course I was the jerk in his mind.

I have found that if you give most people opportunity to take advantage of anything they will. Very little respect for others privacy or property. Of course other people are very good about it.
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I have a camp but we usually dont run into that problem, thank God. I do however hunt on land during rifle season that I do not own. I know I am welcomed back but I still call the land owner every season asking if I can hunt, its just common courtesy.
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The more you are around the owner of the ground the more likely we are to understand what he expects.

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Talk to him. Once the ground rules are set minor adjustments can be made later. Communication is the only way to resolve. Most likely you knew him before inviting him up. With a little guidance he will understand.

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I've been pretty lucky with my guests. None of them have turned into a nuisance. I've had less than desirable people try to invite themselves. Fortunately, I don't worry about hurt feelings from people I don't particularly like so I tell them they can't come and explain in no uncertain words why I don't want them there.

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I was told this year to stop asking and just come over. I still call though since I feel weird just showing up.

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Re: Welcome becomes unwelcome

some folks are really good and some folks just don't get it. I have a couple friends who come up and I never have to ask anything. Firewood gets restocked on the porch, dinner dishes are clean, vacuum gets run,etc.

I had one guy come to camp for a week in the spring for turkey and trout, and a week in the fall for turkey. (several years)That was the only time I every heard from him. We both live in SEPA. He always talked about the local property he had access to hunt, but I never got invited. Never a phone call to meet up for a dinner. He doesn't come to camp anymore.

Most folks need a little coaching on expectations. If you tell them what you are looking for, you usually get support. Just remember, if you don't communicate expectations, don't assume folks know what you want.

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