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Location: Olympia, WA
Joined: 04/09/2005
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Road Hunting. "Shwooping".?

I agree with fishseeker.

Lets be honest here, most all of us have been tired after hiking all day, and just wanted to cruise the area for a bit...sort of stretch the legs the easy way. And, if trolling for a buck, you see one, we have all shot it. Not the romatic vision of you-being one with nature, stalking your game, and a quick clean kill, but you have done it, I have done it. Dumb luck.

If I kill a buck, seen while driving from camp to my intended hike, am I all that bad?

We have had some old timers at camp, who must road hunt. Our deer hunt area is brutal steep and treacherous. They drive, get out, glass, drive.... If they find a buck, they take the shot. This is part of hunting. Just like shooting at ducks from your boat as you set your decoys. I am sure not one of us would pass the shot on a 5x5 bull elk, who crosses the road at the end of a string of cows. I doubt there are many of us who would make the decision not to engage a bull they found while driving in their truck...

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Location: OlyWa
Joined: 04/27/2005
Posts: 472
Road Hunting. "Shwooping".?

Not only that, but if more people road hunted there would be more game and unspoiled areas a 1/4 mile from the road. Not all "road hunters" during hunting season are hunting big game. We do alot of slow driving in the fall looking for mushrooms and photo ops.

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Location: YAKIMA WA
Joined: 10/17/2007
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Road Hunting. "Shwooping".?

I think this is one of the best forums I have read in a while and agree with both sides. I don't think we are specifically talking about road hunting in gerneral because we have all looked up on the hillside as we drive in hopes of a stalk or to locate new country to hunt. I think what we are talking about are a specific type of hunter who uses a vehicle in a manner of hunting that is not Sportsman like and is Dangerous to others. We have all encountered this type of Hunter he is the guy who will use the Gaurd rail of highway 410 just out of Naches for a gun rest to shoot well beyond the means of his rifle in hopes of placing a kill shot on a cow Elk or the guy who is loading his rifle while putting the vehicle in park, it all comes back to character and Sportsmanship. I have noticed know one has sad anything about ATV's in this forum is this not cosidered road Hunting?

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Location: Eatonville, Wa
Joined: 08/26/2007
Posts: 610
Road Hunting. "Shwooping".?

I agree with you on the atv issue as well as the differences in road hunting. I see the older hunters using their trucks and I have no problem with that driving to a different area, no problem, the disabled hunter, no problem. the guy who uses his mirror or the hood of the truck as a rest while hes barely off the road thats the hunter that I think this thread was dedicated to

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Location: Cenral Washington
Joined: 07/03/2006
Posts: 54
Road Hunting. "Shwooping".?

Well fellas as on of the older hunters here , I'm going to add my 2 cents worth . I have hunted in wilderness areas where we horse packed camps in for 14 or 15 days at a time. And hunted from horses
alot even had people try to tell me this was wrong .
BS! Now I have to use my ATV and my pickup instead of alot of walking . But only to get to an advantage point to look over canyons and hillsides . I can hike a mile or two and I do , but thats it for a couple of days . So I guess you would say I road hunt. NOT by choice . If I get to far away from my rig I would be in real trouble and someone would be packing me out . This I know .
rockslide

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Location: Eatonville, Wa
Joined: 08/26/2007
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Road Hunting. "Shwooping".?

I dont think anyone lumps the guys who physically can not walk the long distances this is more about the other guys who can but dont and hunt right on the road, I once came around a corner just as another hunter was shooting up the road at beer cans he had put up there just to plink at . I was absolutely astounded that anyone would be this stupid

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Location: Cenral Washington
Joined: 07/03/2006
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Road Hunting. "Shwooping".?
csumerall wrote:
I dont think anyone lumps the guys who physically can not walk the long distances this is more about the other guys who can but dont and hunt right on the road, I once came around a corner just as another hunter was shooting up the road at beer cans he had put up there just to plink at .

csumerall
I didn't post to start an argument , only to say that some of us need to hunt differently . Not because we choose to .

" I was absolutely astounded that anyone would be this stupid"

One of my sons has a cap that says " Stupid people shouldn't breed " I like that saying .
rockslide

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Joined: 10/16/2009
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road hunting

There are definitely two types of road hunting...no matter which type of game you are hunting for.

1. Road hunters who keep loaded firearms in their vehicles, who shoot out windows and who ignore "no hunting" signs.

2. Road hunters who simply use it as another tactic in their arsenal and who wait until they are out of the vehicle to load their firearm.

I plan on doing some road hunting for grouse this weekend because I will be with a non-hunting friend. I want to introduce him into the outdoors but dont think he'd enjoy trecking through the woods without a shotgun.

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Location: Curlew Washington
Joined: 10/17/2009
Posts: 29
Road Hunting. "Shwooping".?

I've seen and shot more animals road hunting than I have walking in the woods where you don't have chance. I've done it both ways. I think walking in the woods is good, but, you're in thier domain. I've shot elk, deer, bear, bobcats, coyotes , rabbits and grouse out of the truck by driving around, all legal. Each to his/her own I guess !!!

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Joined: 11/03/2008
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Road Hunting. "Shwooping".?

I see idiots during archery season riding in the bed of a pickup, sitting in a lawn chair, with an arrow nocked ! . Shame on You!
what makes me laugh is that I have never seen them with any game !
I see nothing wrong with scouting from a vehicle, but believe that guns and bows should be in a case while driving.

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