I've got this friend i've known since the mid 80's that's been asking to get a permit from me. We have gone hunting and to 3-d's in the past but nothing since around 1994. When I hunted with him in the past I swore to myself I would never hunt with him again. Back then, for him this is what I remember as well as what I wrote in my hunters journal.. he had never made any attempt at scent control, he wore sneakers hunting many times, I heard him from 200 yards away set up his climber and climb the tree, and then according to him he would then only stay in the tree for around 2 hours then get down and just "walk around" until I was ready to leave.
Now that he's older he says he wants to get back to hunting just so he can kill 1 deer in his life.
I feel that giving him a permit for my land may really screw things up for me. I mentioned to him that I really go all out with my scent control and wearing of rubber boots, his response was pretty close to.. the deer around here are used to people so they won't get scared of by me.
He also took down from the attic of his garage his old 2 wheel bow and arrows from the late 80's. Not that the old stuff won't kill a deer but holy cow, he didn't take care of any of his stuff and it looks as though its just a pile of scrap. He also will not invest in anything new, nor does he ever practice even though I offer to shoot with him.
Now he's a great guy that helps whenever I may need a hand with something... and I ask, but i'm very leery about giving up a permit to hunt my land to someone I know has not changed his old ways. Not only that, but he knows how much work I do out there.. recently a small food plot, but I rented a tiller as well as buying seed, lime, and fertilizer as well as all the money I dump on feeder corn, salt, and minerals and everything else that goes along with it, stands, blinds, cutting of trails...you know the list goes on and he never has offered anything. Money or help. Help would be good at times.
I kinda avoid the whole permit on my land conversation when he asks, which lately has been every couple of weeks but I turn the conversation to "we gotta go out on the (local public land) property."
So I feel this the right thing to do. Go out on public land together where if he ruins my hunt it won't be as bad as it being on my land? Thats what I'm leaning towards doing. Thanks for letting me vent.
You'd probably do the same right?
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