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Ever run into bad guys while hunting?

338BearHunter

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Damn! Maybe I'm starting to see the benefits of hunting my own land. These experiences make me feel like the Captain Kangaroo of hunting.

Worst problem I ever had was some jerk on an ATV driving up the road on my land, past two "No Trespassing" signs. Wouldn't have been so bad except that I was deer hunting at the time. At least I had a much-needed excuse for coming home empty-handed.
 

mtnkid85

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Geeze you guys have some good ones. Ive done pretty well avoiding trouble I guess.
A few years ago I pulled off the side of the road to hunt a small single section of public. I was way early so I shut the truck off and was just sitting in the cab with the lights off waiting for a little more light.
I see a rig coming down the road from behind me, he slows down as he went by but kept going over the hill. Almost immediately I see headlights coming back towards me now, as he approaches I start seeing muzzle flashes out his side window and hearing the gun shots. The guy does a mag dump up into the air as he speeds by. I don't think he saw me in the cab, but I was laying down with my piece pointing his way!
Pretty sure it was just an asshole who was pissed that I had beat him to this little section.
 

EastTNHunter

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Had a guy try to tell me that I was trespassing while hunting a narrow strip of a big piece of public land only access by boat or through hud lease. Said that his hunt club had everything lease all the way to the river. I kept my cool and explained to him that I had a map in my boat showing that I was on public land (before online mapping apps were so accessible), and then he finally admitted that he had just never seen anyone hunt back there before because it was so steep and tough to access.

My story isn’t nearly as exciting as most others in this thread
 

VAspeedgoat

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I'll tell these two in honor of my uncle who passed away a few years ago. He always picked up hitch hikers for whatever reason......yeah I know, but anyway he did.

One night he was returning from his hunting cabin in West Virginia and came across a guy parked on the side of the road but standing outside his car. The guy was clearly disheveled but reluctantly took the offer for a ride back to Harrisonburg. When driving, my uncle kept inquiring why he smelled like gasoline. The guy kept telling him he got it on him while working on the car. At some point the stranger asked my uncle if he was a Christian man to which my uncle said yes. The guy then admitted he had just poured gasoline on himself to light it and kill himself. My uncle got him cleaned up and called his father who came and got him early in the morning.

Another time he was heading out on a huge thing trip in eastern VA. He was crossing Shenandoah national Park and picked up a hiker on the east side of the park. They made small talk but the guy was evasive. Ended up asking my uncle about his Virginia tech ring. Said he always had wished he had gone to school there. He ends up dropping the guy off pretty much in the middle of no where but said he had family there. Come to find out the guy had killed two hikers in the park and eventually broke into a car and stole it near where my uncle dropped him off. He figures the ring saved his life that night.
 

nick87

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I'll tell these two in honor of my uncle who passed away a few years ago. He always picked up hitch hikers for whatever reason......yeah I know, but anyway he did.

One night he was returning from his hunting cabin in West Virginia and came across a guy parked on the side of the road but standing outside his car. The guy was clearly disheveled but reluctantly took the offer for a ride back to Harrisonburg. When driving, my uncle kept inquiring why he smelled like gasoline. The guy kept telling him he got it on him while working on the car. At some point the stranger asked my uncle if he was a Christian man to which my uncle said yes. The guy then admitted he had just poured gasoline on himself to light it and kill himself. My uncle got him cleaned up and called his father who came and got him early in the morning.

Another time he was heading out on a huge thing trip in eastern VA. He was crossing Shenandoah national Park and picked up a hiker on the east side of the park. They made small talk but the guy was evasive. Ended up asking my uncle about his Virginia tech ring. Said he always had wished he had gone to school there. He ends up dropping the guy off pretty much in the middle of no where but said he had family there. Come to find out the guy had killed two hikers in the park and eventually broke into a car and stole it near where my uncle dropped him off. He figures the ring saved his life that night.
I'd hope that'd be the last time after that second story, or first one for that matter.
 

FoodIsMemories

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Yeah dude, I’ve asked my wife if we can pick up at least 10, to her memory. I say a few less but she’s never let me help a ONE. For fear of those stories lol.
 

hossblur

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Getting to be more and more drug campers. Makes me nervous. Especially late in summer when everything is a tinder box
 

gouch

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My friend Paul and I were going fishing when a guy flagged us down on the road. He told us he had been partying with friends when he went off to take a pee. He said he got lost and was chased up a tree by a bear where he spent the night, then he fell out of the tree and got a concussion. His good friends, of course left him and went home. He wanted us to give him a ride back to town. He was clearly tweaking so I told him I couldn't give him a ride because I had my dog in the truck and she hated strangers. That was BS because Saidie loved everyone, but it seemed like a good excuse. We did offer to drive back up to the top of the hill where we had cell phone reception and call the sheriff for him, but he said that wouldn't be necessary. I guess he wasn't as bad off as he made out. I don't ever give a ride to tweakers with unbelievable stories.
 

Westxhunter

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I will be hunting in far southern NM this fall, west of El Paso. Going to have to think real hard about how I plan to camp, and how I plan to hunt.
There are people crossing here and you may encounter a few. But they don't stay here. They are getting bussed up north and sent to random places or heading for Cali. We go shooting out in the desert quite a bit and hunt the areas. You don't have much to worry about.
 

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I ran into some guys in the flattops that said they were "elk hunting". They were from Denver that had scabs all over their faces and they didnt have bows....they both had shotguns... I assume that they were meth heads. I was glad my buddy was packing a pistol and it was very obvious he was packing a pistol. The visit didn't last long and we went our separate ways. I think they had plants in the hills somewhere near there.
 

gradeAchuck

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Been fortunate to not have any run-ins with "bad guys", just dumb and/or inconsiderate ones. My "worst" pales to many of the other stories but here goes. In PA there is a late-season (Jan) for whitetail and in a few special regulation areas you can hunt with archery or firearms, most of these areas you can only use straight-wall, slug gun, or muzzleloader only. Several years back I was in one of those areas archery hunting in a tree stand on private property (I had permission from the owner) that shared a border with a small church lot. This is a pretty developed area with the houses too close to allow the use of firearms (per the PA regs). I was hunting the edge of a small wood strip no more than 40 yards wide that deer use as a natural highway between larger areas. I had an orange turkey hunting band around the tree I was in and I was wearing an orange knit hat but the rest of my duds was camo.

From my tree stand I can see through the wood strip and into the church parking lot. Just after shooting light I watched a guy park in the church lot, get out, put on his hunting clothes, load a shotgun, and start walking straight through the small wood strip right toward me. He got about 30 yards from my tree, right at the property line, and I decided to whistle and wave at him to let him know I was there. He stopped, looks up, and then looks through his shotgun scope at me! I yelled at him to lower his shotgun. He came over and apologized, feeling real bad after he realized what he had done. We talked for a bit and I point out that the PA regs don't allow firearm hunting where we were due to how close the houses were. He just tells me he has special permission from the church because he is a member there. This is flawed logic because even if the Church did give him permission, he is still too close to the other houses (from where we were standing there were at least 6 houses within 80 yards). Considering he's the one on the ground with a shotgun and I was up a tree with my bow I didn't feel like arguing the point and let the matter drop. I did inform the landowner who seemed to be aware of the other hunter and while he wasn't concerned I certainly was. I hunted that property one other time but was so jumpy every time someone pulled into the church parking lot I stopped going back.
 

chrispbrown27

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Man, I feel like my years of hunting were a waste! The most I have come across were the remnants of hippies that used to tour the area every summer, called them the rainbow people. They trashed the area and more than once we found what appeared to have been one heck of a party complete with the underwear of some poor girl, or girls, that hadn't cleaned things very well.
I did see something that I can't really explain once. If it was a man, it was the largest man I have ever seen in my life and he didn't seem to want to meet me. It was dark and all I could see was the silhouette of a very large human form that turned towards me and then quickly walked down the gated road I had to walk out on. Talk about feeling under armed with just a bow and a folding knife! I never heard a truck start up or saw headlights and he was a long way from any houses.
 
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