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Etiquette

What violations of hunter etiquette do you see and how should a hunter act in the situation?  For example, if you enter public land and see someone on the land, do you take your time and sneak through to your spot, do you just leave or do you hurry through?

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It's  hard call on what to do

It's  hard call on what to do and it would all depend on just where you are hunting.  As far as if you are hunting a strip of BLM land that is sandwitched between private property it is a tough call.  If you are the first one there you may have to indeed have to tollerate anothr hunter moving through the area.  Now weather his sneaks through it or hurries through it all depends on him.  As I said in the other thread that is what happens when you are hunting public property, you get other hunters in it.  Now what would of happened if one of the other hunters never saw the hunter that was there first and sat down to watch the clearing and ended up shooting an animal before you saw it without knowing that you were just above him? 

I think that it comes down to it if you don't want' to be bothered by another hunter you are going to have to get back in off of the roads, and I don't mean a few hundred yards but a couple of miles, and that is one thing that a lot of hunters are not willing to do. 

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Good points and that raises

Good points and that raises the importance of hunter orange.  When I hunted public land in WY for mule deer I saw lots of other hunters.  They would be sneaking through a couple of hundred yards ahead of me sometimes unware that i was on a ridge.  If not for the hunter orange I would have have picked them up so quickly. 

The other thing I did when I set up was try to find a place that offered me protection from errant shots.  One spot was a rock outcropping that protected me from behind and both sides.  Concealed me and offered protection.

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I've just learned over the

I've just learned over the years that if I don't want to be bothered to hunt the areas that other hunters won't.  I did have a problem this last muzzle loader season in Utah where there were a few other hunters that were after the same bucks that I was but we really didn't step on each other but they did runin my chances at the deer by taking longer shots than their muzzle loaders were capable of.  It is all just part of the game. 

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Well, in that specific

Well, in that specific incident, I do one of 2 things.  If I see them prior to getting into their "zone", i will quietly back away, and circle around them at a good distance to get where I am going.  If I am already in the "zone", and they whistle or something to get my attention, I will politely acknowledge them, and then quickly and as quietly as possible, will slide out of their hunting area.

If I find a stand in the woods, or evidence of anyone actively hunting the area, I would never consider putting a stand anywhere close to them.  That is one etiquette problem I see out here.  Someone will be set up on a nice trail, and someone else will throw up a stand just 75-100 yards away on the same trail.  I know we're working with limited land out here in California, at least where I hunt, but that really bugs me.

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