Originally Posted by WildRose
What you are describing isn't "unethical hunters" it is "game thieves" and armed robbery.
Boy, that sums it up right there. It's not an annoyance, it a felony.
There aren't too many things that give me the "pit of the stomach" feeling like your story did. When you walk away, you sure feel crappy and like you got walked all over. Doesn't help when your teenage kids are with you. If you escalate it, there are about 10 different ways things can go bad and change your life forever....
You for sure did the right thing in not engaging those ********, but it sure would be more rewarding if they got theirs. Problem seems to be that LE doesn't have a whole lot of tools to deal with this kind if behavior. Too easy for ******** to shrug and deny trying to intimidate.
I go out of my way to be courteous and helpful to other hunters I come across in the field. I hope that by increasing the ranks of "the good guys" we can minimize the reputation the "bad guys" give us all.
Sorry your hunt was ruined and hope you get a shot to redeem it!