Yeah I guess the poachers have ruined it for everyone.
Still though, in places like rural Montana and Alaska it's pretty common to see people armed while out in the boonies, even while walking along the side of a rural road with a rifle or shotgun and in Montana I've seen state troopers simply pass on by while seeing this too. I think in those parts it's just assumed that in a rural or wilderness area a lot of poeple have guns and often carry them.
I hate watching these shows on cable networks about state troopers or game wardens. They make it appear as if everyone is doing something bad by fishing or hunting or simply having a firearm. That show on Nat Geo called Wild Justice left many non-hunters with the impression that all hunters are paochers and that hunting is illegal regardless. It's just the way those shows come across to the average viewer.
But I suppose game wardens have a job to do and that's what we entrust them to do.
I learned this the hard way last year. If you're hunting in an area with lots of bear activity, it's a great idea to stash your food and water up in a tree. I like to wrap everything in a tarp and tie it between two trees. Don't just tie it up in one tree but tie it in between two trees at least 15 feet in the air. I thought I had my backpacking camp's food supply stashed pretty well last year. I returned to camp during the first weekend of archery to find all my food destroyed. Make sure...