have you br harassed this hunting season
I have mentioned several different incidents to a local warden and in exactly ONE case did anything happen... The owner of a "century farm" decided that even though the family had owned that land since the 1870's,the day we had words was the day they needed an access across the creek I was using for access. He took a tractor and dropped a couple telephone-type poles across for a surprise when I came out in the dark
They were removed after I mentioned it to the warden but I didn't make a special issue about it.
Each case that I have experienced would take a couple paragraphs to explain. I have learned that unless it's blatant and there's no other explanation,good luck on satisfaction and an extra "good luck" on not getting any retribution.
The guy with the poles probably could have legally left them there as a "bridge" but the warden embarrassed him into removing them.
There was another case that wasn't (yet) harassment. I'd just left my truck on the highway and was only 50yds or so into the brush - scouting - whenI heard a truck pull up behind mine. Something felt funny so I headed back and saw a guy walking around my truck talking on the phone. I snuck in close enough to hear him say "That guy in the red XXXX is back again. What do you want me to do about it?"
I stepped out,immediately took a picture of his license plate,then got in his face and asked "Just what ARE you going to do about it?"
After that,I NEVER leave my truck in that general area where it's obvious where I'm hunting. I unload,bring my stix/stand,pack and bow in the brush a bit,then drive down the road a piece to park....
But the guy who deliberately walked straight to my stand while I hunted,looked up,then walked away...the guy who did the same while I hunted from the ground (he'd followed my footprints in snow)...the guy who drove the ATV on to state land and "buzzed" me...the guy who reported my truck to the sheriff's dept as "abandoned",the guy who screamed at me that I was trespassing even though I had two different plat maps ON ME (paper county map copy,and a phone app) that showed I was a respectful distance from his property...The guy who would drive the property line with music blaring and occasionally stop and bang the side on his beater jeep...
I found that if there's ANY chance of problems and the parcel is worth hunting,sneak in sneak out,park a ways down the road...Spread my pressure out - don't hunt the same area often...
I found that avoiding confrontation was the key to peaceful and successful hunts.
Here's another bit I learned: You'll have better luck on state land with some issues but wardens need to have a good working relationship with adjacent property owners more than they need to have a good relationship with me.....County land? Phhht. The attitude I found was "just be grateful you can hunt there at all"...
Although one complaint to a state forest employee at the office in Eagle got me this response "A lot of people back there aren't used to seeing you guys back there AND DON'T AGREE WITH WHAT YOU'RE DOING." He went on to tell me that there was a history of trespassing problems in that area leading all the way back to when the state purchased the adjacent lands. That he knew that "neighbor" personally and she was a very kind woman. I should hunt somewhere else.
Now I'm getting irked again....It's public land NOT ON TAX ROLLS and as a property owner I know that affects MY taxes....
But as a hunter I've learned that "sneak in sneak out avoid being seen.."BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT....and I can be reasonably certain to have air in all 4 of my truck tires when I return to my vehicle.
I've heard this: Bring a light cloth bowcase and upon confrontation immediately case the bow. Record the incident if possible....and if carrying concealed,KEEP it concealed.
Another thing I do is waypoint that location and later study the aerials. That's to see if I missed anything - like maybe doe bedding area or a tower stand nearby on private....
But I search out those spots because they tend to hold the most - and most unpressured - deer...I have also decided that in most places,the guy who walks under my stand and apologizes,saying he's mushroom hunting - or whatever - really IS mushroom hunting.
(edit) Oh,an another thing I do is walk the exact property line during winter at areas I really like. I'm looking towards the private land for stands: I honestly DO NOT want to be hunting near anyone else. If someone's hunting - or OVERHUNTING - the area I'll look for a different way to hunt to the area,or I'll move on and leave it to the guy already hunting there.
Hunting public is a mixed bag. Hunting over bait, well in my opinion that limits how much area you can cover to get away from other hunters.
There is a guy up by my place who everyone hates, has had harassment brought up against him numerous times but it never sticks. People say he even shoots his gun when people get anywhere near his property line, total nut job. Have to prove it though or you have no case.