October 03, 2009 at 3:57pm
Had an incident this morning at my hunting spot and wanted to ask for opinions. As a little background I will say that I have written permission to hunt 80 acres of private that is owned by a friend and have been hunting it for 5 years. The property has a state highway running across the center of it from east to west. The south half of the property has a logging road and a steep banked creek which run north-south through the center of it and a power line right of way that runs east - west through it about 2/3 of the way to the back side. The problem is there is a 40 acre parcel of land which borders the south side to which there is no road for access. Nobody hunted this property until last year. The only access to is the logging road which runs through my property. With the limited hunting area on my section of the property, I have several stands which are only about 100 yards to the east of the logging roads from which we have killed several deer. From our experience, when we drive into this property while hunting these stands, we do not see any deer but if I drive into it we may see some. The person that leased the 40 to the south did not ask permission and just started using this logging road to access his property even when we are hunting. I asked him last year not to drive across the property when he was going to his stand and explained why. I only asked that he walk into his stand which would only be a walk of little over a quarter of a mile. I have walked to this property numerous time. I also told him of a couple of alternate ways he may be able to get access though they are also across property which he does not have permission to use. I even said that I dd not and still do not care if he uses his four wheeler to go get a deer if he kills one. He seemed to be agreeable when I talked to him, but then continued to drive in. Today, I went up there to do some squirrel hunting and work on my deer stands and you guessed it there he was again. I confronted him when he came out and again stated my case. This time he gets mad and says that him driving his four wheeler will not affect my hunting any more than the highway traffic will. I differed with him and the conversation got a little heated. He indicated that he was not even sure where his hunting land boundaries are. I offered to show him but he didn't take me up on it. I finally told him that the next time he came up here there would be a gate across the road. Just wanted to see if anyone thinks I am being unreasonable? The answers won't affect what I do, but am just curious on different opinions.