This past weekend, I made it out for opening day of CO Archery Deer season. Part way into the day, I heard gunshots going off at a slow, but regular interval. Later I hiked past a guy practicing on public land with his blackpowder gun. I was conflicted regarding the blackpowder shooter practicing on opening day of a big game season on public ground. On one hand, I liked that he was shooting guns in sight of other recreationalists right in Boulder's back yard. On the other hand, I can't help but feel that he was molesting my hunt. Deer may not have been in the area, regardless of this guy's practice, but I doubt that it helped anything. Personally, I try to avoid scouting an area while other big game hunting seasons are going on. I definitely try to avoid shooting guns on public ground during big game seasons in areas that could interfer with another hunter's hunt.
What about you guys? What are your thoughts on scouting and discharging firearms on public land during big game seasons? Is this a reasonable courtesy to extend to fellow hunters, or is time and space too limited to worry about such things?