Donít be that hunter

Hunting can be a good time, but every once in a while thereís that hunter that ruins it all. Itís not always clear when you are being one of those unfavorable hunters, itís just important we attempt not to be.

For new hunters this column can help you remain neighborly to your neighbor, but even the experienced may learn or be refreshed as to what hunter ethics is all about. Border disputes are common and avoiding them will surely help maintain neighborly relations. Wounded deer crossing a fence line and being pursued on to the neighborís property is also another common issue. Both of these are easy to handle, but there are total yahoos out there that defy all logic. Knowing how to deal with these folks can be most helpful and prevent future issues.

The problem with borders is deer like to use them to travel from place to place. This can put hunters nearly on top of each other, attempting to intercept deer moving along their line. This often creates tension and can even endanger one or both hunters. The solution to this problem is some simple communication. Instead of butting heads put them together and formulate a game plan that benefits both hunters. Itís often possible to set up a few hundred yards apart on either side of the fence and benefit each other, but by sitting in someone elseís lap you decrease your chances by at least 50%. Being the wind freak that I am, I will always be thinking of ways to avoid being scented and sneaky routes into stand sites. Sometimes the only good way in is on the other side of the fence, so if you are friendly with your neighbor, they may allow you to get in that way or even join you. Remember when your side of the fence has a bad wind, theirs likely doesnít. Work as a team and enter from both ends of the line on the same side and set up. You will often push deer back and forth between each other, just walking in or on the shot.

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