These 20 things that we have to tolerate from other deer hunters are the reason why we take pills. We’re trying to hunt over here!
We work and we slave and still these other folks show up to the dance without dancing shoes!
Some of those same folks will probably even see a bit of themselves in the pages herein. While some of us scout, prepare, and get everything ready there are those out there whose job it is to annoy and frustrate the hell out of us.
included thusly are things that you’ve had done to you, and maybe a few that we’re all guilty of. In fact I’m certain that some of the good people reading this do some of these things as a matter of course. It’s just that most of us don’t care for it. At all.
Either way you’ll draw a suspicious eye towards some of these foibles and failings that some in the deer hunting community just do without the discomfort of thought.
1. Show up for the first time on opening day
We’ve been pruning lanes since late summer, checking stands for safety, pulling cards from the trail cams, and scouting. Haven’t seen you since last season.
Sure, come on over.
2. Talk too loud or too much on the radio
If we can hear you without the radio, you’re talking too loud. Shut up.
3. Text too much
Texting is one of the best tools ever discovered for the hunt, but: no that wasn’t me that shot, yes I’m hunting, yes I’m staying all day, no I haven’t seen anything yet… shut up.
4. Shooting before sunrise or after sunset
It’s about safety and the rules are there for all of us.
Once on opening day the landowner in the next property over touched off the first shot of the year at 6:35 a.m. on a 7:08 sunrise, then I got to listen to him drive in and out with his ATV before it was ever official sunrise.
5. Shooting fawns
Some will say things like: “If it’s brown its down, looked bigger from the tree, gotta fill my freezer!” No it’s not illegal, but you can do better.
6. Not wearing any safety colors
As of early 2016 only eight…eight of the 50 great U.S. states do not require hunter orange as well as six of the 10 Canadian Provinces including the three territories. All I can say is that when we’re up in a tree with a loaded firearm, we want to know whether that the movement we see is a deer or a human, immediately. Do what you want, but it’s border line ignorant not to use safety orange.
7. Walking right up to us in our stand to chat
You better be wearing safety colors and it had better be an emergency because I don’t want to chat. I’m hunting over here!
8. Wandering endlessly
You know what? Eventually you are going to kick deer our way, but when I see you go by, and then back, and then by again… just go.
9. Showing up unprepared
We’re putting on a drive and your wore sitting clothes, heavy boots, and no radio? This leads to number 10.
10. Never wants to walk for the big deer drive
You can’t consistently be that hunter that never brush-busts. Don’t wonder when you stop getting the call to go.
11. Acting ignorant of private property
This could be the number one reason that we chew on nails during deer season. I’ve said it forever: there is nothing like firearms deer season to bring out the a-hole in people. Respect private property and do not act like you didn’t know it was posted.
12. Never used their gun before the season
I have a rifled barrel that has the scope mounted right to it so that when I take it off for bird season, the scope goes right with it. I still shoot before the opener! Don’t you want to know what you are shooting when that big buck walks up?!
13. Never sighting their gun
So you missed that first deer wildly and now you’re going to sight in? I’ve seen them do it: walk right out into the open field and start plugging away at a tree to see where their shot is going. Couldn’t do that ahead of time, huh?
14. Hunting in their work clothes
I’m not talking about under your hunting clothes, we’ve all done that. I mean those jeans, steel-toed boots, work shirt, and that vest you were flagging traffic with earlier. How long can you sit in those clothes? That’s right, you got here late, walked up to say hi, and have been wandering ever since.
Actually a lot of folks feel like cigars are attractive to deer, and they’ve been making things that smolder in the woods for a while now. Sitting there having cigarette after cigarette is just not conducive to deer hunting, I don’t care what you say.
16. Taking a poo
We all eventually have to pee, bottle or no bottle, and there are varying opinions about that. Do what you have to do, but when you choose to drop a number two in the woods you just left a negative scent bomb that just nuked every deer within miles.
17. Shooting young bucks
The endless argument over harvest versus quality management. Maybe the worst thing of all is when you and I let one walk and somebody else shoots it. Yep, it’s perfectly legal, and no you can’t eat the horns. Congratulations.
18. Taking bad shots
19. Wounding deer and tracking them too soon
It’s one of the most difficult things to do in deer hunting, but find the last decent sign of blood, mark it, and then walk out the woods the other way. Losing the blood can be a sign that the deer is still running and won’t stop until you do.
20. Acting like Mr. Know-it-all
This is the guy that just instinctively knows where all the deer are, which way they will go, where to set up, what brand of ammunition works the best, why his firearm is the greatest one of all, which moon phase is right for you, how to hunt the rut, blah, blah, blah and doesn’t mind telling you all about how he does it better than you.
Dishonorable mention to overusing the ATV. It’s the workhorse of the hunt, but when you’re coming back and forth constantly… well lets just say that if we can hear you from 200 yards away all day long then everything else can too.
What else can you think of that fries your potatoes when you’re deer hunting? Which of these don’t bother you at all? Is there anything that you are guilty of on this list? Is there anything that you feel we’re all guilty of?
Maybe I’ll shut up now and go away… yeah right.