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November 16, 2013 at 1:58 am #9089
This last bow season, here in central Oregon, I ran into a very nice jerk. Honestly, this guy was very nice during our talk.
I have a waterhole I hunt every evening, when on vacation and on weekends, during the archery elk season. I have been visiting that spot since 1991 and have taken 9 bulls from that area. Back then I was the only person who would wander up through the blowdown and thickets to get into that place.
This last September, as I usually do, I hunted my way up there, had lunch and took a nap. Normally when I wake up I wander over and climb my treestand to wait for any bull coming into the waterhole just before dark.
This year a noise woke me and I saw a hunter walking by me. I waited til he moved on out of sight then gathered up my bow and pack and started for my stand. I soon heard someone say “Hey!”. I stopped and there was the hunter behind a tree. We talked for about ten minutes and I heard all about his fancy hunts and monster bulls he had been hunting in other spots around Oregon. During our talk he had been asking a question here and there about myself. I realized he was “feeling me out” in a way and told him I was going to head to my stand for the evening. He said his son was over there and that I had to find a new spot. I told him I had a stand and once again I was going to go to it. He responded “I am sorry to ruin your hunt but my son will be hunting there tonight.”
I have met other hunters up there the last 10 years or so and all had left me to my stand and had moved to a different area. I, when in different areas, have done the same when running into a fellow hunter hunting a certain spot. It just seems to be the right thing to do. You don’t crowd into another guys spot if he has a claim on it that evening or whatever. If they have a stand or blind then you certainly don’t move into thier spot.
This guy and his arrogance pissed me off. I left with my jaw dragging the ground. I couldn’t believe his attitude and the way he had more or less dismissed me from hunting my stand. I then spent the evening, after some thinking, walking around the waterhole leaving as much sent in that area as possible. Call me a jerk but I feel he and his son deserved it. As they say like father like son.
Now, you can call me an A-hole if you want and preach all this be tolerant and don’t do anything dumb it ain’t worth it crap, but if I meet him up there next season he will be the one leaving and most likely he will need his son to help him down.November 29, 2013 at 11:48 am #9719
Myself, I can’t fault you unless it is in your restraint.March 8, 2014 at 10:10 pm #13282
i would of said,im going to my stand to hunt,if someone is in my stand he or she would be getting out of it,one way or the other.
and then i would of walked away from the fool.
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