The hunting season woes that I hinted at in my last post have come to a swift and favorable ending! Basically it goes like this.... as you all know from my yearly gripes, with September's hunting season comes a veritable parking lot of hunters' cars in my cul-de-sac as they go back in the woods behind my house and hunt deer and sometimes turkeys. We have seen some really old Posted signs on various trees, but figured either they were outdated or maybe these hunters know the landowners and have their permission.
In any case, things took a nasty turn when Dave discovered a tree stand installed in a tree NOT TEN FEET away from the edge of our property in the woods. Our property is lined on 2 sides by an old stone wall as is common in New England for marking property, and this tree is just steps away from the wall. This was just too much. I do not exactly live in a rural area. We live in a residential area that just happens to have some nice woods behind it, and LAZY hunters think they can just go back there and do whatever they want near people's houses. So we were really ticked off by this as we do not want bowhunters dangling around in the trees around our house. HELLO?!?!?!?
Dave was nice enough to keep this discovery to himself for a while so he could figure out what to do. He knew I would be furious about it (and I was) but in the meantime he was trying to find the hunters to personally ask them to move it elsewhere, but wasn't able to. He even called the landowners at home but couldn't get anybody to answer their phone.
When he finally did tell me, after I scraped myself off the roof, I emailed the Law Enforcement Division of the NH Fish & Game Department for advice. They basically told me to go fly a kite as I have no rights as a homeowner apparently. WTF??!?!?
Here is my email:
Subject: tree stand at edge of my backyard
Law Enforcement Division
NH Fish and Game Department
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
A few thoughts on this.... this quote ticked us off to no end: Bow hunters play an important role in thinning the deer herd in the more urban areas of the state. First of all, there aren't that many deer around here. We've been here five years and I only see deer a few times a year, probably less than four. They eat my hostas, yes, but not that often. Second of all, just because they are doing the ecosystem this huge favor does not mean they need to be hunting over people's backyards!!! There is JUST NO NEED FOR THAT. It is ridiculous that these hunters have more rights to scamper through the woods than the homeowners who want to enjoy their backyards with their children.
Anyway, to get on with the outcome of the story. Dave finally got a call back from the woman who owns the land and she is SO nice. And clarified for us that the land IS posted, and that NOBODY has permission to hunt back there. So we are all about nailing these guys as soon as they show their faces again. We are now hunting THEM. We're taking license plate numbers, taking photos, whatever it takes to make them go away. Dave bought some new Posted signs last night that are going up today.