This is part biography and part advice.
I have been offering people a place to hunt here at my ground for 32 years, through direct offer or a swap hunt. I've come to settle here at HPA and for the most part the people on here are great. BUT there always seem to be those who have no concept of ethics or etiquett(sp). Most of you know that the last two years I have offered people a chance to come hunt with me, by posting the offer on this site. In those two years, I have had more rude and/or ignorant replies than I ever had in all the other 32 years. Here's a quick synopsis of what NOT to do when you reply to an offer like I present: Do NOT reply with your phone number and tell me to call you. I, have the ground and have made the offer, YOU need to keep in touch, monitor your PM's and emails on a regular basis. If for any reason you decide to not accept my offer after our initial contact, you should reply with your decline and thank me. Some may decline because of the lack of trophy bucks in the area. That's fine, it's just that there aren't many and we are not trophy hunters here at my place. The lamest excuse in my opinion is "too far away". Everyone seems to expect to be able to hunt private ground loaded with deer, just out their back door In most cases it just isn't gonna happen!..I've had people say a two hour drive is too far. WOW, get a grip! I have five hunters who will eagerly drive 1-2 hrs just to come here for one day of hunting. If you really like to hunt, like the comraderie of a camp atmosphere, and like getting to hunt on private ground, then if you can't drive a fair distance to get that, you might want to take up knitting.
Every year I have a few "regulars" who have no problem driving 6,8,or even 10 hrs to come spend a few days here for deer hunting.
I always offer a bunkhouse to stay in, my house to shower and eat in, and plenty of fun,yet there is a small fraction of people who don't appreciate that, and think it's just too far to handle.
Sadly, it seems the most eager to reply are the quickest to fail in ethics and etiquett.
For me, those who do carry it through end up being great friends and dedicated hunters. I have one member here from Philly who I have really come to appreciate and call my good friend. He is the epitome of what it's all about. He keeps in touch, offers to help with work details, and doesn't complain about a 4 hour drive to get here.
I posted this to provide advice to those who get offers or reply to offers, so you can do it right and maintain the degree of etiquett we all need to display.
I think those who hunt here from this site will agree with me.
Remember, I'm the one with the private ground. I should not, and will not beg anyone to come here to hunt, I am just trying to be a generous and amicable host for those who may not have a nice private piece of ground.
Thanks everyone for letting me vent this. Best afield to all..............GB
I gotta go agitate the techies!