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SwampGypsy

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Last year I am standing along a firebreak hedgerow during archery season and a fellow bowhunter slowly passes about 3 feet away , I say softly " good morning ". That guy let out a shrill that would make a 11 yr old girl jealous ! In His state He Throws his wheel bow up and away ,,,, takes off running full gait ! Alas NO wheel bow . I yell at Him , He returns and all He can say is I couldn't see you , what camo is that ? Son these are Vietnam Tiger stripes . Poor guy was a wreck . Lol
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Ha. .  had that happen a couple times, including one I stalked in on while he was preparing his bait pile right on the main trail coming into the woodlot.

I had an almost, that I still kick myself over...  I was hunting in a County Park.  That year was the first year that the DNR forced the issue on numerous such facilities that used substantial hunter money for improvements or such, but never allowed hunter access.  I was one of three that drew the initial year hunting privilege.  

So, I was hunting after work, on the ground, in a ghillie suit. It was a marshy area, lots of mediaum hight brown grass.  Had a nice spot set up, a medium sized tree had fallen years ago and what was left of the carcass formed a nest, and it held up the tall marsh grass in its few remaining branches.  Perfect !

I parked, walked in thru a marshy area, changed into my ghillie and then got into the hide.  It wasn't 30 minutes later that here comes someone, a woman, with her large, hefty Golden retriever dog (off lead. .  a no no) following my exact path.  Now, there are mowed paths that everybody uses,  I had picked my way between clumps of grass thru the marsh.  There was no reason for her to be where she was, except to mess with me.  

She walked by my hide at maybe 20 yards, and she was looking. .  scanning, you can see that, not just the normal blank stare of most folks that walk their dogs there.  Her dog was sniffing, and in fact walked right past me, within 3 yards or so (he was up wind).  Here I am, in the ghillie. .  I had taken my arrow off the bow, so it did not look threatening and so the bright fletch were not visible.   They kept walking by and gave no indication that they saw me.  I saw her though, and I am nearly 100% certain she was  ****, a very well known anti hunter activist in my area.

My mind was going 100 mph and I SO wanted to jump up and scream like bigfoot when she and her dog were closest to me.  But I didn't

She had no reason to have been there at that exact spot, I followed no trail, she was walking her big brown dog off lead in an area that was not only off the beaten path, but was now open to bow hunting.

I can only picture her reaction,  and the dogs reaction, to bigfoot, and I giggle to myself.   Course, I am certain that it would have gone bad later...

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something similar has happen to me 3 times on the same public property.
here in my town there is a mini WMA inside the city limits. the state wildlife division owns it. at the time of the incidents, it was open to archery only and was 2 minutes from my office. now it is 10 minutes from the office and due to a city worker trying to control it as his own, it is now open to statewide seasons which means firearms are legal.
anyway, they allow the local rabbit dog owners to run their dogs for exercise on this piece of property, which it is excellent habit for that. when I first started hunting it I didn't realize they did this. I had been going in 'deep' and was jumping deer close to the parking area as I left. I had picked a tree close to the parking area one afternoon and used my Lone Wolf loc-on and stick set up for an afternoon hunt.  30 minutes after I settled in, here comes 2 local gentlemen with about 12 dogs. they stood under me for an hour, never knew I was there. I didn't say anything because I didn't want them to know I was there.

then there was one time I had patterned a couple of bucks in the area and when through a lot of trouble getting a stand up in a small group of trees between a field road and a trail, 15 yard shot to either one. one Saturday morning as I was sitting in the stand, one of the locals, toting a duffel bag and 2 gym bags come walking down the road. it wasn't long he had build a fire and had the whole area covered with some white smoke, gagging me. I was trying to figure out what was going on. I'm friends with the local wildlife officers and have their cell numbers in my phone. I call Bill and tell him what's going on. " ON MY WAY!!!'. Before Bill could get there, the guy was leaving with just the duffel bag. Bill calls me, 'where are you at?' too late he has walked off. 'what does he look like?'. 'hold on I see him'. Bill didn't know it at the time but he forgot to turn his cell off. he stopped the guy and I could hear the whole conversation. the guy was burning insulation off of copper wiring.

then I have had a hunter walk under me once, no issues with that one. he jumped when I waved at him. lol

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I was tucked up in some maples off a field right during peak foliage time when a man & child walked in. They were 40 yds away & started taking pictures of the colored trees & pointing right at me. Im thinking they are going to have a "where's Waldo" moment & spot me when they look at the pictures later.
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Many years ago, I was still hunting an area I frequented then and spotted this nimrod attempting to also still hunt the area. I simply stopped and watched as he came closer. I thought I would let him pass and continue my hunt. As Ishi told Mr Thompson, "he walk much, look little." As he got closer, I was sure he was coming my way to engage me in conversation. So when he was about five meters away, I said, "Good morning, friend." It was obvious he hadn't seen me at that moment. He jumped higher than any human I have ever seen and let out a whoop that Geronimo would have been proud of! I apologized for startling him and he said,"Man, you scared the $#|+ out of me!" As he walked off, I could barely keep myself from laughing out loud!
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It is amazing the lack of real awareness we have developed.  Reading a book by Peterson ( Heartsblood), which is a pretty good book to read about why we hunt and what it means to us, it gets into the "hunter" being the observant man.  I might add the "bowhunter" is typically the most observant.
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