So I have a 550 acre lease with 2 other guys mainly for deer but I also do allot of duck hunting there. There are 2 fields that border our lease and the main path actually is right behind the woodline for the length of this field. If somebody shoots from the road at a deer in this field, they could potentially kill me if I am walking out late in the afternoon, as I do often. Over the years we have found numerous deer with the heads cut off, carcasses dumped, trash dumped, and our chains cut off the gates. It has been an ongoing struggle.
So I was on my way home last night and my buddy called me asking me did I get him. I told him I wasn't hunting and was almost home. He said there was a black truck parked at the gate and somebody shot. So I hauled butt over there and it turned out to be two 17 year old boys that shot at a deer from the road. They supposedly stopped and shot and then pulled into the path entrance. They were in the field looking for it when we drove up and were scared to come back to the truck. They eventually did and I laid into them. I fussed at them for a while telling them how sorry, unethical, and dangerous it is. I also told them that they give all hunters a bad name and jeapordize my hunting rights by acting like idiots. I showed them how the path is right behind the field and if I was walking out that afternoon they could have killed me. I told them how much trouble we have had with people shooting deer and cutting their heads off and leaving them, dumping guts and carcasses on the path, cutting our chains off the gate. They were scared to death I was going to call the warden. They didn't have permission to hunt the field, shot from the road, and they were trespassing on our land by parking where they were. Turns out the guy that shot's mother is a cop. So she ended up coming out there and I talked to her for a good while and told her how many things they did that were illegal. She got the picture and so did they. Hopefully they won't do that again. I was 17 once and made plenty of mistakes, so they get a break this time. Hopefully they will get the word out about our place that we are okay guys but don't be poaching.
And then again the more I think about it I should have just called ole green jeans right off the bat and not said a word to them. Let them have to pay for their mistake. I swear it goes on non stop and if nobody ever gets in trouble then it will never change. The one driving was telling me how he has a lease in Jones County and has 3 stands up. I asked him then what in the world is he doing out trolling on roads on people's land he don't have permission to hunt. At least go to your own land if you gonna road hunt.
I don't know, what would you have done? I was hoping that maybe they will get the word out being seniors in high school about our little area. Maybe that we are good guys, but don't be poaching and road hunting. I left it on good terms with them. I was just hoping it was one of the older guys that I know do that in the area.