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Harassed by Anti's

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Saturday night I had the pleasure of seeing the Aitkin area anti-hunting chapter in action.

About an hour after I had set up a car drove by and saw my truck parked in the woods. They then proceeded to drive back and forth blasting the car horn for a while. Then they moved to a road about 300 yards across a field from where I sat and began banging on buckets and pots chanting "go home, ain't no deer". This lasted for a couple of hours.

The honking car horns i'm used too, but it is usually just as someone drives past. The chanting and drumming is new one.

I wasn't too upset at first, but the more I think about it the more it burns me.

Anyone else ever experience this?

Brandon

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If you got the license plate number, you have a case. This should be reported so that they stop and do not do this else where! Sorry to hear that these people can do this type of thing!

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Wow...I'm a pretty mild mannered guy but that might just put me over the edge. Never have I ever heard of anybody doing something like that. Weird.

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jlm- A case..what could you charge them with? Disordely conduct?

[This message has been edited by Mayfly (edited 10-06-2003).]

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Hunter harassment of this type is illegal. If you have a cell phone, plug the local CO's number into speed dial and call them when/if this happens again.

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I never heard of it happening in this state.. have heard all kinds of things in others.

I would recommend taking a cell phone along.. A call to 911 would have had them arrested. In Minnesota, it is illegal to harass hunters and wildlife alike.

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Nobody is going to jail on this. maybe a ticket which is probably a Petty Mis...I think the best idea would be to take matters in your own hands...=)

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I would go to the local taverns and let the good o'l boys there know what is going on and I would bet you it wouldn't happen again!
Word gets around fast in that small town and when the gossip gets'a flying as to hunter harrassment those people will have a hard time existing in that area when the finger pointing starts! There's a huge hunting population in the Aitken area and they take there hunting seriously! I would let the word out and let the Conservation Officers know what happened. That just isn't right!
Good Luck!

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Tom and the others are right about letting law enforcement handle it. One of the tactics that bunny huggers have used in other areas is to dress as bunnies or bears and harrass some lone hunter, usually a young one, and videotape it. They get him mad until he reacts with threats or other antisocial behavior. Then they have their own assinine behavior editted out. It makes good propaganda if people take it at face value, which, unfortunatly, many people do. Can you imagine how many smarts it takes to dress as a large brown animal and go into the woods where armed hunters are?

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If you get a license number, you can go to the local authority (likely sheriff in a rural area) and request a citizen's arrest. If the antis were doing what you claim then you've certainly got a case. Even antis don't feel so smug when they have to mess up a day by appearing in court. And once they're on record, they'll have their own hell.

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I never really thought to call the authorities to tell the truth. But, I grew up in Aitkin and can tell you that the proper contacts were made and that half the county probably knows the story by now.

I'll be in the stand again next weekend with binoc's and cell phone at my side.

Hopefully this was an isolated incident. I would never confront anyone in a hostile manner but I worry that if something similiar happens during rifle season, to the wrong people, that it could get ugly.

Brandon

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Advocating vigilante justice is something we cannot condone on this site. That being said, they can be charged with harassment, get a ticket and if we're lucky they will continue or disregard the ticket, then they can and probaly will get something more thrown at them.
Call the DNR, the local sherrif, and let them handle it. No use in going to jail yourself, that's probably what they want anyway is for you to blow a gasket and do something stupid like bashing the little weasles over the head with your bow....like I said, I do not condone violence...lol.
Odds are that the sherrif or the deputies are hunters too, so you'll have that in your favor....Can't believe this is going on in Aitkin of all places....wow.

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This is NOT an isolated incident because I have experienced the same thing but much more extreem. It is hunter harrassment and is against the law. They would be charged if you can prove they did what they did. Bring your video camera next time and nail these jerks!

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I also hunt in the Aitkin area. Without being too specific, can you give me a ballpark idea of where this happened? I'd like to keep my camera ready too. Thankfully technology and my wife have provided me with a picture taken cell phone!

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Insp Gadget-

It was by Lone Lake, off County Road 81. If you want to post your email I can tell you exactly where.

There were a lot of hunters in this area (deer and duck) on Saturday, I'm sure someone else heard/saw something.

Brandon

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I am currently going to school to be a game warden and harrasing hunters is a misdemeanor and should be reported to your CO. There won't be any jail time for the first offense but you know they will do it again. Report it every time and you will see them in jail sooner than later.
Good Luck

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Brandon, sorry to hear about you difficulties. I ran in to some antis while training my dog. Turned rather ugly really quit. Seems like you can not hunt or try to get ready to hunt with out it being difficult. Oh well the Vikings are 5 and 0!

You should have been with me on Sunday morning we hammered the eyes on Gull!

Give me a call we should set something up.

Scott

[This message has been edited by Mr. B (edited 10-07-2003).]

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Mr. B,

Was your encounter in the cities or in Brainerd?

I think whoever it was lives in the area 'cause they've gone by and honked before. I've also had nights where I swore someone was walking through the woods banging sticks or something, thought i was just losing it. Maybe not, as it turns out.

I'll be up every weekend till rifle season so we should get out. I'll email you.

Brandon

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My encounter was in the Cities.

I ran into someone who thought I was the most evil abusive person in the world for using an e-collar on my dog. Everytime I called Maggie this person would call Maggie. I was far enough away that I did not know that this person was calling Maggie. Maggie was confused because she was getting a correction for doing what she was being told. After finding out what was going on I tried to explain to this person what they were doing was wrong and because of it Maggie was getting corrected more than she should have been. It did not matter this person just got all worked up and told me how abusive I was.

It got a little ugly after I offered to demonstrate the e-collar on this person. Thinking back I probably did not handle it the best way I could but there was no reasoning with this person so Maggie and I left. Atleast I never have to go back a a dog park.

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Thanks Brandon, I know the general area. We hunt near Palisade, and have a group of friends who hunt near Long lake.(Dam lake -long lake) We'll keep and eye out, be up over MEA grouse hunting/deer stand repairing and then rifle season. hope none of them walk behind the gravel pit where we practice shooting. :ogrin.gif

Just kidding!! (hmmm tempting though, maybe we should protest their unecessary waste of tire tread and road way? costs all tax payers for the resurfacing I think? Those tires are suffering, we could put them out of their misery!)

JUST KIDDING AGAIN - CHILDREN, PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS NEAR YOUR WOODS!

Good luck!

Gadget

nothing stated in this or any other reply should be construed as a suggestion or approval for any or all types of inconvienence, discomfort, or political incorrectness to any being, organism of life form as we know it.

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Though these one-who-thinks-I-am-silly won't do any time for it, the court cost and fine sure will hit home this close to Xmass.
Money out of their pocket hurts them worst than jail time any way.

Benny

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Insp Gadget,

I'm jealous. I've been seeing a ton of deer in the mornings along the river road on my way to fishing. More than a few big bucks too. Hope you get to hunt 'em in peace and quiet.

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Eats,

Your jealous, I see nice bucks every day too, the ones I see are on the way to work, and they are in a fenced corp property in the north metro! At least you are on your way fishing!!

Maybe what you should do next time out hunting is put a sign by your truck that says, "Fellow PETA's - I'm in the woods here harrassing some poor working slobs hunting trip, so this areas covered. There are others hunting on the rail line behind Bill's sportsman. Go get'em dudes!"

Think they's take the bait??

Good luck,

Gadget

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I have some news for us...the court costs and fines involved mean nothing to them.....especially if they are affiliated with a national group such as PETA (and it doesn't stand for People Eating Tasty Animals). Thanks to the Hollywood people many of us of support by going to their movies etc., these groups have literally millions of dollars to support their agendas. All we have, as far as I'm aware, is the NRA. Who has any more?
TALKOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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I have some news for us...the court costs and fines involved mean nothing to them.....especially if they are affiliated with a national group such as PETA (and it doesn't stand for People Eating Tasty Animals). Thanks to the Hollywood people many of us of support by going to their movies etc., these groups have literally millions of dollars to support their agendas. All we have, as far as I'm aware, is the NRA. Who has any more?
TALKOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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