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Some people in the field have a LOT of balls...A LOT

Six-GunSix-Gun Senior MemberPosts: 8,155 Senior Member
As often as is feasible, I try to hunt last hour of legal daylight after work. Today was one of those days. I get to the lot near the lone base cornfield and see only one other truck. Great! Pressure will be low.

I get my gear together quickly as possible and make the slow turn toward the clearcut path leading to the area what I want to hunt. Just yesterday, I saw a small 6-point buck on this walk. Even though I had no intention of shooting him, I wanted to see if he was there again purely for my entertainment. He's wasn't on the path, but when I got to the edge of the field, he blew out from just inside the brush line and ran across to the furthest side of the field and bedded down. Neat! Anyway, off to my spot.

As I walk there, I come under the treestand of a guy who just so happened to be sitting in that very same place on opening day. "Did you just spook that buck down there."

I told him, "The little six point down there? Yeah, I spooked him. He was in that same area yesterday."
He comes back claiming that, no, there was a big buck down that way, I spooked him and that I shouldn't be coming into the woods this late...with an hour of shooting light left.

First, I informed him that regardless of what he thinks, I'm going to hunt when I can, particularly with an hour of daylight left midweek, since I do have a job and family that also require my attention. Second, I inform him that whatever "big deer" he saw get spooked wasn't spooked by me because I was already well away from where he claimed to have seen it run. The situation didn't get insanely tense, but certainly was terse once I realized that I had a jerk on my hands. When I told him that he and I were the only people parked at the lot that it was just he and I and I would be on my way. He stated that his *dad* was also there up in the area I originally planned to go hunt. That's a very important detail as I will explain here shortly. I said, that's fine and that I would be hunting elsewhere to avoid going near his dad's spot. Even though he was clearly an arrogant ass, I would give his old man the benefit of the doubt and not trample an area that I knew he was hunting.

A little divert about my hunt tonight: so, I sat a field about 120 yards away from him instead of my originally planned spot. Early in my hunt (you know, the one that started far too late to see any deer), I had two fork bucks come in at 40 yards, one of which came even closer. I had no plans on shooting either since you only get one buck a year here, but when the closer one got near me, I got some cell phone footage of him and let him walk. Pretty cool watching stomp and huff and stop and stamp at me once he realized something wasn't right. About 10 minutes shy of legal, a doe came down the opposite field edge as the fork bucks. Now, we're talking - a doe I would shoot and she was grazing fairly close to me. She got to within 45 yards, I shot, she jumped the string, arrow flew over her back and that was that...or was it? She ran out to about 100 yards and then started feeding right back to me! With only about 5 minutes left in legal daylight a NICE buck came out and joined the doe at about 80 yards. She trotted over to him and away they went back into the woods he came from. Oh, well.

Hunts over as it's now past legal daylight. I pack up slowly and STILL try to be considerate enough to wait a few minute in case the grinch in the tree has a slow watch and is still hunting. By the time I was done packing, it's now a nearly 10 minutes past legal and I'm heading back to the lot. This is usually when most folks have already walked out to their cars here and I notice that I never saw his dad or anyone else come out of the area he said his old man was hunting. As I get back to where I had the minor run-in with this guy, guess who's still in his tree? I take a knee wondering if he has some amazing shooter buck under him that caused him to lose track of time by a good bit. Moments later, I hear the sound of a deer running away, but from what I could see, it wasn't a monster anything and probably one of the does that I have seen frequent that corner of the field.

He comes down the tree and starts berating me that I had now scared two deer away from him today and that's when I let him have it. In summary, I told him he could go piss up a rope if he thought that me leaving the woods WELL after legal daylight had any impact on his ability to shoot a deer tonight. I also informed him that I have zero intention to stop hunting after work to satisfy his personal desires. He countered with an accusation that I've just now educated the deer and that no one will ever shoot a big buck as long as people are disrespectful and show up late and don't exercise telepathy and wait - apparently until the end of time - for deer near other people's stands to clear out before returning to their vehicles.

We went back and forth all the way to the lot until it dawned on me that another hunter I know said the he had a run in with a guy in this particular stand. After the jackass in the tree stand sped off all pissed off, I called my hunting acquaintance and let me know a very important detail...the guy we both got in an argument with is a non-military/non-civil service person hunting on military-reserved land. That means that, by base law, he can only hunt when escorted by an authorized active duty, retired of civil service sponsor. His old man - apparently a retiree according to my contact - never came back to the truck. This guy in the tree had no sponsor with him tonight and had been hunting illegally. He was attempting to poach a deer, all the while coping a major attitude.

In short: I cannot WAIT until I see this guy again. I think I'm going to go hunt the same spot tomorrow morning just to see if he shows up and has anything to say.

As an aside, here's the clip of the little buck I let walk today:

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Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.

Replies

  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,123 Senior Member
    Better shoot that deer, you'll probably be the top gun.
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    That was a nice corn fed Ohio deer.
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Be sure to get a license plate number next time you see him- - - - -the sky cops might be interested in what he's doing- - - -I'm pretty sure they call it "trespassing"!
    Jerry
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Be sure to get a license plate number next time you see him- - - - -the sky cops might be interested in what he's doing- - - -I'm pretty sure they call it "trespassing"!
    Jerry

    I know the base game warden personally and will definitely be letting him know that he needs to do a weekday spot check next time out.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    BigDanS wrote: »
    That was a nice corn fed Ohio deer.

    If we didn't have aone buck per year limit out here, he would've had an arrow through him. If it's late season and I still haven't scored anything, for his own good he'd better not be around or he'll be on my dinner plate!
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,183 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Be sure to get a license plate number next time you see him- - - - -the sky cops might be interested in what he's doing- - - -I'm pretty sure they call it "trespassing"!
    Jerry
    A picture of his face/plates/truck and a chat with the Warden to be the first one to make a report would be a good idea.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    I'd "drop a dime" on the asshat the next time I see him. Let the base GW deal with him
    I really want to, but I want to embarrass him first and let him know that people outside of law enforcement are capable of smelling his bull****. I'm going out there this afternoon via the same route, which will assuredly take me right by his stand again. If he pipes up, I'm going to put him in his place and THEN report him. That should take him out of that place for good.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    Your plan will work.
    Me personally I would tell the GW and not say a word about it to him. Get pictures of him and his vehicle post every where people park to go hunting with a caption like

    "Have you seen this poacher? Call (put GW phone number)).

    I have been called vindictive though.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,495 Senior Member
    I've had people try to kick me off my own land!! Didn't go well for them!!
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,813 Senior Member
    A guy that sets up on an obvious 'walk-in' route can expect nothing better than what your guy got, even if he's a legitimate legal hunter. A bow hunter on 'public' land needs to find a game trail and set up in a more remote location. I would just be glad it wasn't rifle season and that the guy wasn't tracking me in his scope.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    bisley wrote: »
    A guy that sets up on an obvious 'walk-in' route can expect nothing better than what your guy got, even if he's a legitimate legal hunter. A bow hunter on 'public' land needs to find a game trail and set up in a more remote location. I would just be glad it wasn't rifle season and that the guy wasn't tracking me in his scope.

    Exactly! He wants to be at the edge of the cornfield, but refuses to walk in more than 5 feet off the main walk-in trail and then has the stones to complain when someone walks past his stand because he just so happens to be in it. GOd forbid he walk down the woods further in if he wants to skirt the edge.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
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