It's all about the toys. Gotta have em. Different gun or scope for every day of the week, newest range finder binoculars, wind meters, drones, etc., etc., etc. Most of these guys just gotta have the show. Real hunting is not a priority. It seems such an oxymoron that the sport that's supposed to exemify pitting man against nature one-on-one has become so utterly artificial. I hunted elk in SW Montana opener and felt like it would have been less plastic watching the Indie 500 ... at the stadium!I’ve never seen so many quads/ATVs/SxSs/whatever’s as I did this season. It was busy, in general, and the road hunters abound as ever, but the number of trucks towing trailers or with these things loaded in the bed seemed to have increased exponentially.
Never understood glassing rolling country from a high spot in the road where you’re lucky to see half the huntable area, if even that.
Well there’s a little piece of public that we walked in to well before light. It’s maybe a mile walk to the best glassing spot. There’s an old road in that piece, but it only connects to the CR at a gate on someone’s property….unless you brush bust 100 yards or so around the edge of the property.No trying to get you fired up again, but you’ve got me curious as to what happened.
As a whole, I would agree with you in that adult onset hunters tend to be better behaved than those who grew up hunting. It appears the heritage of hunting itself wasn’t the only one passed down.I saw a comment about the new and perhaps younger and onset generation of hunters maybe being the problem….
The only people my age I know personally who don’t know how to hike hard, sit still, glass long, embark on patient stalks, and park the damn truck are the guys I know who grew up hunting and where taught by men born in the 50’s.
Broad strokes? yes, I know. so sue me.
An all too familiar story I’m afraid. Unless a person heads out directly from their home they most likely used a road and vehicle to get them someplace. Its how far they continue to push it that irritates me. When I see an abandoned two track that doesn’t look like it’s been traveled on in years, I generally think its worth a walk. I‘m often amazed at fresh tire tracks where you wouldn’t think anyone in their right mind would drive a vehicle. I’d be curious to know how many of those two tracks started by a person who just didn’t feel like walking somewhere vs a legitimate purpose. I know of a great little honey hole only a few hundred yards from a logging road. It was a fairly easy walk into the little basin that always held deer, until a guy decided he needed a quad trail all the way into it so he didn’t have to walk. The sign in there is almost non-existent now. Sorry your hunt got ruined.Well there’s a little piece of public that we walked in to well before light. It’s maybe a mile walk to the best glassing spot. There’s an old road in that piece, but it only connects to the CR at a gate on someone’s property….unless you brush bust 100 yards or so around the edge of the property.
So wouldn’t you know it, 3 trucks came rolling in right at shooting light and perched themselves right on the ridgetop above us.
I walked up and asked one driver (politely cuz I thought maybe they owned that little private piece) where they came in from. He said he just drove around the private cuz “people do it all the time.” We left for Plan B
Hiked just a bit off the road to glass this pond that sits just on public. It’s about 3/4 mile from the road at the end of a long draw. Again, there’s a seldom-used 2-track in the bottom of that canyon that connects somebody’s land to that pond. Well some other brainiac had driven around that gate too all the way through the draw and was parked like 150 yards from the pond.
Then we had a plan C that went similarly. Ha.
But whatever. “Road hunting” is something that comes with it, and I can factor that in to my plans. Cheaters stick in my craw.
About 100 of these were laying in a side by side path around a gate on a chunk of private my son and I had permission to hunt this season in SW Wyo. Interesting part was it was as easy as a phone call to get permission. Had seen multiple people taking sxs around the gate.
This.Hunters and concerned citizens need to take an active roll in reporting violations.