Or is that person just a jerk? A couple of weeks ago, I was in a ground blind in an area that my husband and I have hunted for 10 years. After this amount of time, we are very familiar with the area and the areas that the deer usually travel. Lately, the does have been unusually spooked. My husband actually asked me a question that I suggest the men out there NOT ask the ladies who hunt. Here is what he asked-Do you have hair spray on? Really? After I glared at him and said Duh No. Hmm-he says well we sprayed scent away-I just don’t get why they are so spooked.
Keep in mind-this is about 4 pm – and the rut is almost upon us. So I suggested that maybe a buck was just starting to run the does. Little did we know, there was a guy walking the property line. The owner of a vacant house gave permission to a guy to hunt the property. And this guy decides to start climbing a tree at 4:30 but then decides to get down about an hour later. And that’s when he shot.
We heard something but couldn’t figure out what it was. But then we heard a crossbow go off and the doe I had watched walk off came running back up the hill and fall over 20 yards from my blind. At that point, it was obvious what had happened. We started packing up and wanted to make sure this person had permission to hunt in there. We walked to the property line and called out-Hey, shes up here-she’s down. A guy came walking towards us and said oh hey-I think I missed her-I cant find any blood. What? No-she’s over here. She died 20 yards from our blind. After that, we walked him over and shook hands. We then discussed PROPERTY LINES and who had permission to hunt where.
Look-at the time, this guy had no idea we were in there. He spooked the deer but oh well, in a state like MD that happens sometimes. And while I can’t prove that he shot the deer on property he did not have permission to hunt on, he did suggest he shot over the fence and while the doe was on our property. So perhaps I was stupidly hoping that after realizing other people were there and exactly where the property lines were he would not hunt from that area.
I was wrong. Last Friday, at 4:00 pm, six does stand in front of me. And the largest doe stomps her front leg and stares – where? In the same direction that guy came from previously. Scrap-clink-scrap-clink. For 15 minutes this guy climbs a tree-I can see him from about 150 yards away. Yes, he is on the property he is allowed to hunt. Technically. But the tree he has just climbed up in is on the property line. And it’s facing the property I am allowed to hunt. And the wind is blowing in my face. So he is stinking up the area from his stand to my blind. And his only shot? Is to my property. I was seeing red. I respect hunting and other hunters. I respect competitiveness. There is just too many outside forces that really want to undermine hunting. And me going down there screaming like a banshee would not have helped. Or would it? I am stumped. I just don’t know what to do. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated-including a prayer that I don’t see see this guy again. And my blood pressure would probably benefit from helpful hints as well.
Is this guy just being a good competitive hunter? Or is he just a jerk?