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Bowhunting opener, 9-17-11
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Have you ever come across a hunter in the woods while geocaching?
Yes
54%
 54%  [ 27 ]
No
44%
 44%  [ 22 ]
not sure, I may have
2%
 2%  [ 1 ]
Total Votes : 50

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Rustynails
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RudeRat wrote:
There is an underlying feeling to this thread that hunters are bad, unsafe people.


I think people are saying a there are a few bad hunters like there are a few bad drivers. Most hunters are safe hunters as are most drivers are safe drivers.
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timewellspent
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Aix sponsa
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I go caching in the woods to get away from the hunters. This time of year hunters are driving up and down the county road that runs past our place "road hunting". Those are the bozos I worry about. The hunters in the woods usually have made an effort and sacrifice to be there. Most are careful knowing that people of many interests may be enjoying the autumn season. That is why they are there. When it comes to the two weeks of deer (rifle) season I find places to cache that aren't in the woods.
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tonkaMN
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before I never say anything about hunting in the forums again I just want to say that hunters are awesome people. I have several close friends and relatives who are avid hunters and I hope to join them someday (when the kids are out of the house) on some hunting trips. I own several guns and enjoy shooting, I have just never had the pleasure of hunting anything other than gophers (is that even hunting?). I never meant to imply that hunters are bad people. Now I will shut up!
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tonkaMN wrote:
Before I never say anything about hunting in the forums again I just want to say that hunters are awesome people. I have several close friends and relatives who are avid hunters and I hope to join them someday (when the kids are out of the house) on some hunting trips. I own several guns and enjoy shooting, I have just never had the pleasure of hunting anything other than gophers (is that even hunting?). I never meant to imply that hunters are bad people. Now I will shut up!


I hunt. Some consider me bad. You don't need to shut up. Confused
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sigilwig44
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
tonkaMN wrote:
Before I never say anything about hunting in the forums again I just want to say that hunters are awesome people. I have several close friends and relatives who are avid hunters and I hope to join them someday (when the kids are out of the house) on some hunting trips. I own several guns and enjoy shooting, I have just never had the pleasure of hunting anything other than gophers (is that even hunting?). I never meant to imply that hunters are bad people. Now I will shut up!


I hunt. Some consider me bad. You don't need to shut up. Confused


I agree with Bart on this one. You really DON'T need to shut up.
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Draconisdax
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spent the whole weekend in the woods...hunters all around and I am still here...just saying...a lot of worry and negative reactions in this thread for nothing.

Last thing to say...I don't worry about hunters...I worry about the people that call themselves hunters just because they have a firearm...those people are not hunters...
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ArcherDragoon wrote:
Spent the whole weekend in the woods...hunters all around and I am still here...just saying...a lot of worry and negative reactions in this thread for nothing.

Last thing to say...I don't worry about hunters...I worry about the people that call themselves hunters just because they have a firearm...those people are not hunters...


I spent the weekend in the woods too and I got shot in the leg.
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Mrs. Mizzou
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
I spent the weekend in the woods too and I got shot in the leg.


Oh my, there must be quite a story behind this!
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sigilwig44
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
ArcherDragoon wrote:
Spent the whole weekend in the woods...hunters all around and I am still here...just saying...a lot of worry and negative reactions in this thread for nothing.

Last thing to say...I don't worry about hunters...I worry about the people that call themselves hunters just because they have a firearm...those people are not hunters...


I spent the weekend in the woods too and I got shot in the leg.


What!? Wow you're lucky you didn't get shot somewhere else!
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3humphs
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if I have caused more harm, than good, in an effort to make people aware. I am a bow & fiream hunter. This last spring, while caching in the Sand Dunes area, a group of us walked past a turkey hunter in a ground blind. I felt bad that we messed up his hunt for a few hours, and have thought about that time, everytime I go into the woods. I guess that was the motivation behind this poll. I did not intend for hunters to be cast in a bad light. But rather to make you aware... and to save you the embarrasment I felt. [/list]
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AerosmithPA
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Joined: 19 Nov 2005

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Location: Grand Rapids

PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3humphs wrote:
Not sure if I have caused more harm, than good, in an effort to make people aware. I am a bow & fiream hunter. This last spring, while caching in the Sand Dunes area, a group of us walked past a turkey hunter in a ground blind. I felt bad that we messed up his hunt for a few hours, and have thought about that time, everytime I go into the woods. I guess that was the motivation behind this poll. I did not intend for hunters to be cast in a bad light. But rather to make you aware... and to save you the embarrasment I felt. [/list]


I'm not a hunter (except for ammo boxes), and I live in the north country, where being a non-hunter, I am in the vast minority. I am surrounded by family and friends who live to hunt.

In a way, I am more comfortable when I meet someone toting a firearm on the trail, because you know what they are doing out there. When you meet someone without a gun and you don't recognize them as a cacher, you have to wonder what the heck they are doing out there? Will I stumble across a meth lab soon?

Anyway, how I change my caching during the fall months is, of course, wearing orange. After that, I am more particular in where I go. I generally will not stray more than 300 feet or so away from the car, unless I know there is no hunting allowed. I always take note of vehicles near the parking area, that includes a half mile away or more. I always keep an eye out for hunters or their blinds/stands.

I believe hunters and cachers can live in harmony, because I have been able to do that. I try to recognize their activities and not disturb their hunts, but I also ask them to respect my right to be in the woods.
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sigilwig44
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AreosmithPA wrote:
what the heck they are doing out there?


Lots of people like to explore, hike, and have fun. I wouldn't think you'd see too many people out in the wilderness though.
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A-body
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3humphs wrote:
Not sure if I have caused more harm, than good, in an effort to make people aware. I am a bow & fiream hunter. This last spring, while caching in the Sand Dunes area, a group of us walked past a turkey hunter in a ground blind. I felt bad that we messed up his hunt for a few hours, and have thought about that time, everytime I go into the woods. I guess that was the motivation behind this poll. I did not intend for hunters to be cast in a bad light. But rather to make you aware... and to save you the embarrasment I felt. [/list]


We all have as much right to be in the woods as the hunters. I am a hunter, and a cacher. I also love to hunt morels in the spring. I used to not hunt morels in the morning in respect for the turkey hunters, who only could hunt in the morning. Then the state allowed hunting all day. At that point in time, I decided, I'll walk in the woods when I want to, especially on public property, which is where most caches are anyway. I have as much right to walk there as they have to hunt. I do not feel bad at all
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry all, that WAS A JOKE. I did not get shot in the leg. Confused
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