I actually initially posted this on a thread last year, about 3 days after it happened.
Blatant Disrespect Turns Into 10 Pointer
So... today was opening day of rifle season here in Missouri. If you look back at some of my other posts, you will see my dilemma with a BMX track set up on a property I hunt. Basically, this property is teaming with deer, and has very little hunting pressure. The property is owned by my friend's father.
Well, he allowed 3 or 4 younger guys to set up a BMX track to ride their mountain bikes on. They decided to do this right where I was set up to hunt. Over the course of the past 2 months of bow season, I have been patiently waiting in the stand, only to have one of the guys come down with a leaf blower, or with a shovel and start repairing ramps. Needless to say, I wasn't seeing any deer on these days. So, I moved about 400 yards up on top of the ridge, to get a bit farther away from them.
Fast forward to last week: the BMX guys decide that they want to do some major construction on their track; build bigger jumps, etc. They ask my friend's father if next Saturday (Rifle Opener), would be a good day to do it. He is not very familiar with deer hunting seasons, but tells them that he thinks the Rifle season is coming up, and they probably shouldn't go in there, as I have priority, and it probably isnt safe for them anyhow.
A few days ago, I was at my friend's dad's house. He mentioned that they had wanted to work on their jumps. I told him that it was opening day, and he said that he had thought so. So, I wrote a letter to the BMX guys, telling them that the rifle opener is pretty much the holy grail of hunting days for the year, and that they should not be in the woods. I went further to tell them that I would be in the woods, and that after the 14th, the woods was all theirs for the rest of the year.
So, this morning rolls around and I am seeing quite a bit of activity in the woods. The morning started off with a doe running full sprint towards me, with a 4 pointer (which looked to be in velvet, though that should be impossible) chasing after her. I saw a few more does. Then, around 9:00 a.m. I hear what sounds like heavy machinery enter the woods. I think to myself "That can NOT be the BMX guys. I sent them a very respectful letter, explaining how important this day was to me, etc." Next thing I hear is the machines starting to work in the woods. Now, I can not see what is going on down there from the ridge, but I can sure hear a lot of racket. Next thing you know I hear a man screaming in an incredibly angry voice, and a large dog going nuts and barking aggresively.
About 30 seconds later here comes a doe running away from the noise, towards my position. She appears to be being chased, so I let her pass. Sure enough, 20 seconds later a 10 pointer comes rolling through the woods trailing her. Now, the brush was very thick down the ridge and I knew that I had to get him to stop in a specific spot to get a clean shot. I didn't think it would work, like it does on TV, but I tried it anyhow. I grunted twice, right when he got to the clear cut and he stopped dead in his tracks and looked my direction. BOOM, I sent my .270, 130 grain Hornady SST through him, broadside. He flapjacked right over, and didnt move an inch.
At this point I watch him for a little bit to make sure that he isn't going to get up. He doesn't move, so I get down and head towards the buck. I then call my friend Jason, who's dad owns the property, to come pick me and the deer up with the 4 wheeler. Right when he answers the phone he says "I'm sorry man, I chewed them out.." I told him that I had shot a deer and to come pick me up.
When he got down there, he explained that he had heard the engines running and had thought that it was me coming up with a 4 wheeler and a deer. When he went outside, with his gigantic German Shephard, and saw that it was one of the BMX guys, driving a bobcat, he went nuts. Yelling at them for being so disrespectful etc. Well, when Jason gets upset, the German Shephard gets REALLY upset. That is why I had heard the dog barking like that. The guy claimed that he did not get the letter until this morning, (Was put on his door 4 days ago) and that he did not know it was deer season. He is telling my friend this WHILE he is wearing a hunter orange vest. (hahaha). Anyhow, this is my friend's property that he has allowed this 'neighbor' to use, and he flat out disrespected him. He BLATANTLY knew that I was going to be down there, and did not care. He even went on to wear an orange vest, probably so that if I shot him out of anger, there would be a better prosecution. [:D]
Anyhow, I was joking about 4 days ago with my friend about them showing up with bulldozers and what not on opening morning. I did NOT however, think that it would ACTUALLY happen. It all turned out OKAY though, as I shot my first buck ever. His rack was nothing to brag about, but it sure looks great to me. Needless to say, iIt was an experience that I will NEVER forget.
Btw: I had hunter orange on going into the woods to my stand, walking to the deer, and had it hanging over me when the picture was taken. I had simply taken it off for the picture. Not sure why, and certainly wasn't smart, or probably legal safety wise.