Well, we’re back for Round 2 with the Pennsylvania deer hunter who says his leased property is overrun with other hunters who don’t have permission to be there.
This was the first video and gives you a glimpse of what’s going on. Sound familiar? Many of you probably have encountered similar problems. When you watch the video you’ll likely hear some of the same reasons, too.
“I’ve been hunting here since before you were born!”
Well, that doesn’t really mean squat when a signed lease agreement or ownership is involved.
“A guy told me I could hunt here. I don’t know, some guy a long time ago.”
So when someone during the Clinton Administration said it was OK, that transfers lifetime rights no matter what? Apparently so, to some people. Some folks often don’t care, of course, about whatever’s right, and then sometimes get snotty because they’re “just out walking and not hurting anything” or “we’re just doing a little hunting.”
Just traipsing around land that isn’t yours because no one is there, someone let you hunt there 16 years ago or because you’re 74 years old and Grandpappy ran rabbit beagles there back in the day ain’t the right thing. Ever.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
Here’s a sample of what fellow D&DH fans are saying about this topic on Facebook:
Adam Proctor: Every situation is different. BUT, if he is truly “leasing” the property for the hunting rights, then typical hunting leases give ALL hunting rights to that person. No one, not even the land owner can grant someone else hunting rights unless approved by the person paying for the lease. Why bother leasing property if the land owner can give other people access? I’ve dealt with people like this. I had a guy once question me about hunting on a piece of property where I had permission. He pulled out a piece of paper that was over 10 years old that claims he had the right, per the land owner, to kick anyone off his property. Problem is, the land owner was dead and his daughter was executor, who I had permission from. Some people are just plain ignorant, like the guys in this video.
Mike Ware: I’m kinda torn on this issue, because I totally understand the rights of someone who signed a contract, but I also feel for the ppl who have in fact been hunting there since “before he was born” kinda reminds me of the tourist moving into your neighborhood and then wanting you to change to his way of living. I don’t know.. I still feel if you are seeing this many ppl around its time to venture further into the bush or get a new hobby, maybe hacky sack or something.
Robert Forss: Just because someone hunted somewhere years ago, doesn’t give them lifetime access. I rented a house years ago, should I just be able to walk into that house now?
Greg Macri: I don’t care how long they’ve been hunting there. If they don’t own the land, they have ZERO right to hunt there without permission.
Chad Buchholz: I feel your pain, I also think you are doing a great job of runnung these guys off.. Seems like a trip to the local PD and Conservation office with the footage you have should be able to fix the problem right off. And if you are a hunter that always plays by the rules you should ask a conservation agent to come sit ony your property for a couple of mornings to catch some of these guys.
Tommy Burdine: It doesn’t matter if you hunted it for years if its not your property. You have to get permission every year.
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