Yahoos in the Woods

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I must admit some amusement at hunting season. A little foreboding too. It is the time of year when strangers come up and shoot guns off in the forests and fields, sometimes killing our dogs, livestock and each year a farmers or other people who still need to be out doing their business working the land. Hunting season is a dangerous part of the year for us. We can’t stop farming and forestry, living on the land, just because the yahoos are out in the woods trying to get their moose, bear or deer.

Most hunters are not Yahoos but there are enough Yahoos to make plenty of trouble. Interestingly, most of the Yahoos I run across have driven out from the city. They figure the big woods are open country and they can leave their thin veneer of civilization behind while they get down and nasty. Last week I got a visit from three Yahoos. They were driving by in their big red (city clean) pickup truck looking into our fields for deer, with rifles ready. They had a huge amount of gear. It distinctly appeared that they were ready to shoot from the road, which is illegal, from their moving vehicle, which is illegal. Our land is heavily posted against hunting all along the road making it triply illegal. They were rude and nasty which was unnecessary. These sorts of hunters are not necessary and it would be good if they all vanished from the face of the Earth.

I do allow hunting on our land, to people who have asked and gotten our permission. Hunting is limited to a small group each year and they do not hunt in our fields or the woods where we’re working. Hunting is also limited to just deer, quail, crows and porcupines. I enjoy seeing the bear and moose and there are not enough of them to hunt – senseless to give up the enjoyment of the live animal just so someone can hang the trophy on their wall. Deer on the other hand there are plenty of. I also don’t allow the hunting of coyotes since they look too similar to our livestock guardian dogs.

The amusement I have about hunting is because I’m outdoors everyday and frequently see game either directly like the big buck Remus and I flushed on Sugar Mountain by our sap house while checking water lines and springs this week or simply their trails, beds, hair tufts, tree scrapings, manure and hoof marks. I read in the newspaper how hard it is to hunt for hunters, the enormous amount of time and money they spend on gear, lodging, travel, etc yet I’m seeing the game all the time.

This leads to the though that perhaps hunting is a Zen thing:

Get the deer you do not chase.

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9 Responses to Yahoos in the Woods

  1. Walter, I’ve had the self-same discussion with hunters I know. I remember an extremely frustrating day last duck season when ducks wouldn’t go anywhere near me when I was dressed in camo, carrying a gun. But when I went for a run down by the Cape Cod Canal, they didn’t even give me a second look. They *knew* I wasn’t a threat.

    I know someone who swears by wearing street clothes and crashing through the woods whistling a tune — the deer think you’re just another hiker. I think Remus knows you and yours are part of the landscape, and not dangerous. If I were to go up into that same area (with your permission, of course, and only after asking politely), he would know to make himself scarce.

    Unrelatedly, every hunter I know cringes at stories of hunters who are careless, lawless, and graceless. Although I can’t really claim the title “hunter,” never having brought home an actual deer, I feel enough common cause to cringe with them. I’m sorry you have to deal with them on your land.

    • Perhaps you are right to a large degree. But sometimes I’m carrying a gun and a’hunting and I don’t have any trouble seeing them then either. I walk very quietly, according to Holly. She’s constantly claiming I snuck up on her. Perhaps it is a way. As to your title, you are a hunter, you hunt. You just haven’t bagged your prey yet. If you persist I’m sure you will in time. Keep trying.

      • Nance says:

        as a child (and even now sometimes) I practice walking like an Indian (okay, I know, Native American). Yet, when I was a kid, we practiced walking like an Indian. We knew it to be a good trait. (why? how? where do children get these ideas? lol) I do enjoy your posts.

  2. Woody says:

    I’ve had far too many dealings with folk who are very ignorant concerning where, what and how they hunt. Too many people shooting in whatever direction they deem fit without any consideration of what is beyond their field of vision. We have a tract of heavily wooded land between us and federal forest that is crawling with “hunters” who have no idea where peoples homes or livestock are. Very dangerous time of year.

    On the other hand. Nothing irritates me more than to walk our fence line to find it cut or have a jack ass in a tree stand tell me I’m messing up his hunt while he happens to be on our property.

    I have had much success with just trudging down the fence line kicking up a racket than parking myself at the base of a tree and waiting. Although the time spent just sitting and listening to the squirrels and deer moving through the wood is very pleasant.

  3. Scrapple says:

    We already had a dog shot in the leg by a bow hunter. Quite sad, but she recovered very well and didn’t miss a night out in her domain.

    It’s scary being out there in the fields with hunters firing in the woods beside you. Even outside of deer season we hear gun shots on a regular basis in the woods. I guess that’s what happens when you live beside a 1,000 acre state forest with only TWO park rangers…

    I agree that the Yahoos should vanish.

  4. David M. M. says:

    I too hunt and I too can not stand the yahoos. I know just the time you’re talking about. They give the rest of the hunters a bad name and are a prime cause of the loss of hunting lands. Irresponsible hunters need to be dealt with severely. I hope that you reported them to the game warden.

  5. Emily says:

    I am scared to go out for walks during hunting season. Ever year we hear of people getting killed by hunters who mistook them for a deer or just stray bullets. It is quite terrifying. Hunting should be strictly controlled so that hunters are not endangering other people. If someone hunts without permission on your land or ever harms someone they should lose their license for a year and have to forfiet all their hunting gear. If they repeat the violation they should lose their license for life as well. This is just too dangerous an issue.

  6. Prairie_Fire says:

    I do stream and forestry research, and have to be out during hunting season. Always, always have blaze orange hats and vests on. Problem is, in some places, we’re on land that has an absentee landowner, so they don’t know the Yahoos are on their property (even when it’s marked No Hunting), so we are out working (and we have permission to be out there) when the Yahoos are out shooting. Scary. Then when you come across the Yahoos, you can’t afford to get angry with them (since they have guns, and you don’t….)

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