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What are your concerns about hunting/hunters?

Tred Barta had an interesting show a couple of weeks ago about hunting elk on public land in Colorado. He had to use maps to find access to public hunting land because so much is blocked by private land ownership. He was able to do it and he even found a law that allowed a certain number of daily fisherman on a river flowing through a gated private community. He stood there fishing in the shadows of multi million dollar homes because he could.

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That does tend to happen in many areas. I also think it's the pitts. It's never pleasant when a land owner is a real jerk about you politely asking to access public land though his/her property or even to just hunt on their land.

I had one experience where I was hunting with someone who used to be a casual acquantance of mine (I will no longer hunt with him, as he just doesn't use common sense). We decided to walk up to the home of a farmer who owned a huge plot of land with lots of pheasant on it. I stopped at my Jeep to unload and put my shotgun away as I've always known that you just don't approach a rural home or any home bearing arms unless you want to get shot. The guy I was with had walked ahead and was just about to step onto the farmers property still holding his shotgun. One of the worst things could have happened had I not yelled out at the top of my lungs to tell him to stop and drop his shotgun. Can't believe he didn't realize that you just don't do stuff like that. We did speak to the land owner (luckily he never saw the guy approach his home bearing a weapon). The owner was visibly untrusting of us, but did explained to us why he no longer allows hunting on his land (too many reasons to list here). Okay, now this is what ticked me off as well as the land owner - the guy I was hunting with has always seemed to think that he has a way of changing people's minds and influencing them. Thinks he can get people to do what they don't want to do and proceeded to debate with the land owner and tell him why we should be allowed to hunt his land. I grabbed my friend on the arm, turned to the owner and said "We're leaving, sorry to take up your time".

I think in most cases there is a good reason why some land owners are abrasive and blunt with hunters.

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maybe land is posted because of some dumb hunters shooting at houses. Or maybe lland is posted becasue of hunters getting out of a vehichle and shooting on the road towards a house. Or maybe some people just don't respect other peoples stuff on the property. All these are why my land is posted no hunting. All these have happened.

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A friend lets me hunt on his property. I guarantee that when I leave, there is no sign I have ever been there, other than a few bags of corn for the feeders or a new seat in the blind. If many hunters are like the shooters at the gun range I use, who leave so much trash, I would not let on my place either.

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On the short term my biggest concern is the present decimation of our big game by wolves.

On the longer term my concern is the growing anti-gun and anti-hunting sentiment.

Lower on the list is the crazy-college-student factor ... but I can work around that (or should I say `them'). Nothing against college students - just the crazy ones without regard for property, propriety, game, nature, wildlife, etc. and ones mixing `drinking' with their other pursuits.

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I agree. There is a growning anti-gun and anti-hunting sentiment out there. Some of that stuff hunters and shooters have brought on themselves. The big part of it seems to be brought on by the media, and people just not knowing anything about the sport, so they hate it and think it's an evil savage sport of killing. Lets face it, there was a time in this country not long ago when hunting and gun ownership was just a common way of life for a good many Americans, and no one ever thought it was taboo. That's now all changed.

I've always thought that us not properly passing down the tradition to the younger generations is what will eventually lead to the demise of hunting. Just be mindful of the anti-gun legislation in your areas and don't vote for any politician who does not respect your 2nd Amendment rights.

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I also agree about the anti gun and anti hunting sentiment. And I agree that some is brought on by others than ourselves. But I think that what we can do the most about is what we bring on ourselves. We really need to keep our own house as clean as we can and project the image we REALLY want. A lot of cute things we say just to piss of the anti's really only add fuel to their fire. Some things we know to be true, just don't always need to be said.

When you moving out here anyway Western Hunter?

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What I don't like to see is all the Hunter Orange going in and out of the Liquor Stores. It doesn't look good for folks to see this.
Don't get me wrong, I load up on route to the camp too, but I leave the Hunting clothes in the truck.

Just think of the impression they would give if the police did the same in uniform or the Doctors did the same in their "greens".

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I agree. We project an image of what a hunter should be and hunters(like Hammer1 mentioned) should not be doing anything that gives other opinions the ammo they need to generalize the rest of us. We have a requirement as hunters to educate the population on what hunting and hunters should be like and these bad images educate faster that the good images.

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I've been hunting a long time. My biggest concern is hunter image from slobs and slob hunters. The garbage they toss out, the garbage they leave, their encroachment on anothers traditional hunting corner, their lack of respect for the animal, their inherent right to trespass. Thats whats changed over the years for me.

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