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#5509192 - 12/30/14 05:37 PM Oilfield poaching
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Registered: 10/19/12
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
It occurred to me that we have several members that are employed in one way or another in the oilfield. I'm proud to say I've hunted with a couple. I respect y'all tremendously and know you do a job I'd probably wimp out in 2, maybe 3 days. Ok, 1. Having hunted a large, old oil-play ranch out in far west Texas a couple of times, I can't help but wonder - how much poaching actually goes on? I know most ranches have a no firearms in the truck rule, but the boys I've seen (hunting compadres excepted) don't exactly look like saints. What's the skinny?
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#5509198 - 12/30/14 05:40 PM Re: Oilfield poaching [Re: Creekrunner]
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It happens but most I have met wouldn't risk their job for a deer. I know of a few that were poached by oil/gas field workers. Problem is, they don't always know who is in the woods or on the ridges watching.
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#5509205 - 12/30/14 05:43 PM Re: Oilfield poaching [Re: Creekrunner]
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Ive never done it and dont know anyone that has. I like my job(money) way to much.

Plus if your caught you lose your job, your rifle, some money(fines), and most likely the respect of fellow workers. We make enough to pay for a lease. And thats what i do if I want to hunt.

We have been known to set up targets and do some shooting but thats about it.


Weve been on some high fence ranches and most didnt care we had rifles in our truck.


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#5509224 - 12/30/14 05:50 PM Re: Oilfield poaching [Re: 100%TEXAN]
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Originally Posted By: 100%TEXAN
Ive never done it and dont know anyone that has. I like my job(money) way to much.

Plus if your caught you lose your job, your rifle, some money(fines), and most likely the respect of fellow workers. We make enough to pay for a lease. And thats what i do if I want to hunt.

We have been known to set up targets and do some shooting but thats about it.


Weve been on some high fence ranches and most didnt care we had rifles in our truck.


I know of a ranch west of San Angelo that allowed the guns in the truck and encouraged the workers to shoot every varmint on sight.
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#5509230 - 12/30/14 05:52 PM Re: Oilfield poaching [Re: Creekrunner]
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When we were on the border working any gun was allowed.

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#5509235 - 12/30/14 05:53 PM Re: Oilfield poaching [Re: 100%TEXAN]
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Originally Posted By: 100%TEXAN
When we were on the border working any gun was allowed.


As it should be.
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#5509239 - 12/30/14 05:55 PM Re: Oilfield poaching [Re: Creekrunner]
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When I worked pipeline, I wouldn't dare fire any rounds out there. Like said, you never know who's watching.
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#5509243 - 12/30/14 05:57 PM Re: Oilfield poaching [Re: Creekrunner]
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Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
Originally Posted By: 100%TEXAN
When we were on the border working any gun was allowed.


As it should be.


We were all standing around talking one day and the company man walked up. He asked us who has a gun in their truck. We all looked at each other waiting for someone to admit they had one. Then he said if you dont have one you might want to get one. A few guys had been beaten and robbed a week before we got there. I had my SBR and a pistol in my truck already.

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#5509252 - 12/30/14 06:00 PM Re: Oilfield poaching [Re: Bullfrog]
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Originally Posted By: Bullfrog
When I worked pipeline, I wouldn't dare fire any rounds out there. Like said, you never know who's watching.


We have alot of time we talk to the land owners. They want to know what the well is making. And we have the info. And they are pretty cool about letting you fish or target shoot on their land. Alot of them dont mind you hog hunting.

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#5509262 - 12/30/14 06:03 PM Re: Oilfield poaching [Re: Creekrunner]
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It still happens but not by that Oilfield person. He tells his buddies the info they need and when is the best times to go. Back in the 90's I had a friend with a ranch outside of San Angelo that had 5 mature bucks killed in a food plot one night with a spotlight. He knew they were mature by body size(they only cut off the heads) and after a while knew which bucks they were. The plots was well inside a 10k ranch and had an oil field road beside it with drilling going on the place. He had an on going battle with oilfield workers and their local buddies poaching bucks. He had a camera installed on his gate that he could watch every vehicle entering and leaving. Had the O&G people put a guard on the gate 24/7 to have everyone sign in and random vehicle checks after he lost those 5 bucks for years after it.
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#5509276 - 12/30/14 06:07 PM Re: Oilfield poaching [Re: Creekrunner]
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Its a trust issue with most of them. We were working on 5-10 well pads so you got to know everyone pretty well. Most of the ole timers would bring us lunch on sundays. I miss those pads.

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#5509283 - 12/30/14 06:09 PM Re: Oilfield poaching [Re: Creekrunner]
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It used to be that you would hear about poaching every so often, but in the last 15 years there hasn't been many stories surfacing. Not sure if poaching is down or everyone is being extra quiet. I would suspect the new technology of good game cameras may have a lot to do with the drop in "stories".
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#5509286 - 12/30/14 06:10 PM Re: Oilfield poaching [Re: Creekrunner]
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The ranch I hunted was a convoluted family and one ruling branch blew off the hunting. 'Guy from the local town (if you can call it that) was put "in charge". My friend represented another branch of the family. Somebody died and my friend became in charge. He wrote "it's over" letters and there were death threats for a few years afterwards. You bet I wore a pistol on every step of that place. All this to say, I understand "the buddies" situation.
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#5509295 - 12/30/14 06:12 PM Re: Oilfield poaching [Re: Creekrunner]
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Registered: 10/22/12
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I can't imagine we looked like saints, either.

Like was said, most guys don't risk their jobs for it. It would be hard for us to do it out here, anyway. Some of the production guys, like pumpers, could do it a lot easier, but I've never known any that did.
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#5509395 - 12/30/14 06:42 PM Re: Oilfield poaching [Re: Creekrunner]
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I wish I would have met a few land owners. I was just a foreman. The super usually kept them away from us, or kept us away from them.
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