PSUbuzz wrote: I believe it was either archeryrob or cupped that had a little run in with the Feds when a jogger said that he was hunting from the banks. A couple feds showed up with ARs and ordered him on the ground. Big scene... :
Yes, that was me, Jon or Jordan must have told you the story
I and Cupped on here and Archeryrob on other forums, so I am both of them.
For evryone else:
I was hunting the river one warm January morning, 60 degrees at 5AM and fog 10' high on the river. I was afraid to navigate too far so we setup, name of the area withheld. It seemed everyone decided to hike the canal this fine January morning. I called the shots, but we never shot when I heard people on the canal, but a couple was walking the canal that I could not hear, as they must not have been talking. So, they hear gun shoots and call 911 and tell them someone is shooting at them.
We head back to the ramp and I pull up and get out and look up and see a Federal warden walking down the boat ramp with an AR15 in a non-threating position and his trigger finger running parallel to the gun, for safety. I put my arms up and yell to my partner "hands up", he says "What?" I yell back "Federal Warden with an AR15, put your hands up!" and he threw them up. The warden check us, found we were not armed and relaxed with the gun. Apparently a federal Warden had just been killed a few weeks earlier by deer poachers in Tennessee or some where i was told, so they where a bit edgy.
Before long there is three federal Wardens, two MD DNR Rangers and two local Police cars on the ramp. It was getting tight on there. Everyone backed off except for the MD Warden. He told me the people said they where shot at and they have the shot to prove it. I immediately said "I'm calling BS on that one. I'll cut one of my steel shells open right here and throw the shot up by hand and I bet you can't find 10 shot pellet on this ramp. Plus we were not shooting in their direction!" Then even he eased up.
Now after all that, you would think someone would have walked away with a ticket, or a warning for something, right? Nope, got off free and clear, even laughing with the officers before they all left.
I try and avoid all heavily hiked area now as that was a day to remember and a day I do not want to repeat!
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