ORIGINAL: Dan Schmidt
Have you ever caught someone trespassing on land you own or lease? What did you do about it? Did you confront them? Please give details on how you handled it .... and if your actions helped rectify the situation (or did it make it worse?).
I've had a number of indirect run-ins with trespassers/poachers on my place. Unfortunately I have only discovered the aftermath in most cases. Since I do not live on the property, they are pretty good at avoiding direct contact.
I did have one incident worth mentioning though. I was hunting a stand inside my timber, a few days into the Missouri rifle season. Mid-week is when the road "hunting" really kicks in. Anyway, I heard a close shot and assumed it was a hunter on the next property. Suddenly a doe and fawn came crashing into my timber from a nearby field. I could see the doe was wounded so I shot her, to get her on the ground for the neighboring hunter. Suddenly a SUV came tearing into the field, along the edge of my woods. I could not believe that this was happening, especially since I had just shot! When the vehicle stopped, I saw the doe struggle to rise. I had a safe angle so I took a finishing shot. Boy did that get the poacher's attention! He threw it in reverse and tore out of there like a scalded dog. I tagged the doe and called the conservation agent with a vehicle description (but unfortunately no plate number).
The guy never got caught but I did find out who it was by way of rumor a few weeks later. By then it was too late to prove anything. The best part was, he was going around telling people that I shot at him when he went to get his deer! That's not at all what happened, but I kind of liked his version.