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#5960263 - 10/04/15 12:52 PM what do to do when being followed
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Registered: 09/23/12
Posts: 39
Yesterday while bow hunting on public land I kept hearing a noise 100+ yards behind me but every time I'd turn around and scan I'd see nothing. Well I went ahead and kept on walking and ducked off the trail real quick into so very thick cover and scoped down the trail and finally I see some guy being very quiet and moving slowly up my trail and he has no orange on at all.. So I through the clip in my pistol and put the safety on and quickly hightailed it through the woods and met up with my dad and we called it a day....

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#5960363 - 10/04/15 02:16 PM Re: what do to do when being followed [Re: fishingoncredit]
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Registered: 07/13/09
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Loc: Franklin, Tx Hunt in Panola ...
You do know that a lot of times, deer will stay put and let you walk on by, then circle back from the way you came. Maybe the guy was hunting that way so you could push a deer to him.
Just a thought.

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#5960393 - 10/04/15 02:41 PM Re: what do to do when being followed [Re: fishingoncredit]
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Light Foot

Registered: 09/23/12
Posts: 39
That could easily be possible but he should have had his orange hat on at least to signify he was a hunter not bigfoot so yeah that's what made me feel uneasy about the whole situation.

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#5960437 - 10/04/15 03:07 PM Re: what do to do when being followed [Re: fishingoncredit]
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Coulda been the GW?? outta uniform??? was he wearin' bib overall's? OTOH didja hear any banjo's?? off in the distance??

I hate that kinda freaky stuff where some local tries to intimadate folks off Public Land, but's it's good you got away without a confrontation...mighta been fun to turn the tables on him though and see what he was all about.

What Public Hunting Land was this, so's nobody else will go in there "unprepared" ??
Ron
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#5960627 - 10/04/15 05:20 PM Re: what do to do when being followed [Re: fishingoncredit]
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Have had that happen few times also.... It is public... OSBWMA used ta have squirrel & archery sepetate... Archery didnt have ta wear orange... Was walking from truck down old atv trail, could hear people behind. Got were cut in, it was two teens just walking trails, think none hunters supose ta wear orange, not sure.. Any ways set up stand seen deer just oit of range... 2cents 99% of time its just other hunters just out hunting... flag
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#5960729 - 10/04/15 06:25 PM Re: what do to do when being followed [Re: fishingoncredit]
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Registered: 12/30/12
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Loc: Helotes, Hext
Was the guy even hunting? Did he have a bow?
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#5960855 - 10/04/15 07:29 PM Re: what do to do when being followed [Re: fishingoncredit]
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He could have been following you to see if you were going to set up a climber, or stand, or camera, and then relieve you of them.. Just no way to know why he would have been following you. You should have waited for him to pass, and then stepped out on the trail behind and then really loudly (with your gun in your hand) said "Howdy Neighbor-what's shaking?"..

I would have definitely let him know that you were aware that he was there. Maybe seeing his face would deter him from doing something stupid later on.
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#5960973 - 10/04/15 08:16 PM Re: what do to do when being followed [Re: Kawabuggy]
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Woww, ya meen they coulda been terrists ? We are living in the age of leave the bible at home & bring your pistal ta church.. Maybe a Blessing that can't aford ta hunt this year... Ya'll be safe out thar...flag
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#5961389 - 10/04/15 10:58 PM Re: what do to do when being followed [Re: fishingoncredit]
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Registered: 12/22/14
Posts: 18
Could have been hunting you? But then again I watch way too many Criminal Minds episodes!

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#5961415 - 10/04/15 11:43 PM Re: what do to do when being followed [Re: fishingoncredit]
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Light Foot

Registered: 09/23/12
Posts: 39
honestly from that range I couldn't tell a walking stick from a bow but I sure could tell it was a man in camo holding something and doing a pretty decent job following me from a distance. If it was a game warden hell I sure woulda liked to talk to them but i'm pretty sure they didn't want me talking to them since I waived my hat at them after I scoped them with my bow.. It's tawakoni wma btw But either way it didn't ruin my hunt bc it was was close to 10 am and the sun wass beggin to spoil some meat. Before all that bs I did have a big beautiful doe walk across at about 40 yards away and stop to stare at me but she had a fawn right behind her sooo they walked for another day!

My pops and I went for an evening hunt about 4:30pm got there and after trekking about i'd say around 5:30 I walked up on a deer that was 30 yards or so away with its head down butt facing me naturally lol! Well to my surprise it was a young 6 point buck with like an 8 inch spread we locked eyes and he knew he was free to walk away dang it. well upon further inspection there's few kennels of corn on the trail.

Well I followed the trail to the water to see what might be thirsty other then me and there's nothing but I had to check so I went through some swampy stuff and decided lights fading quick gotta go find my dad. well I finally catch up to him bc hes been running from the texas humming birds all evening and tell him about the deer and hes like oo you shot and I look down and I'm missing a freaking arrow. So i decided to time to high tail it back to the swap and get my arrow!!!

So I'm trekking quickly lettting my dad take his time but where I had a meeting with the young buck there is now a large pile of corn... but I keep on moving bc lights fading and I want that arrow I dropped! As I'm almost running I'm about to plant my right foot and I see A wide open cotton mouth so I side stepped him and tried to persuade him to move off the trail... He decided he would only leave without a head.....

Anyways I make it to the swamp opening and there is a pile of freaking corn!!!!!!!! I'm like wtf mate that wasn't there an hour ago but i had to leave it bc I was looking for my arrow in the brush which I found minutes later!


Edited by fishingoncredit (10/04/15 11:45 PM)

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#5961456 - 10/05/15 02:57 AM Re: what do to do when being followed [Re: fishingoncredit]
Mike H. Offline
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Registered: 02/11/11
Posts: 83
Glad you made it out safe...reading stories like these make me feel lucky when I consider all the times I hunted alone!

Mike H.

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#5961894 - 10/05/15 11:31 AM Re: what do to do when being followed [Re: fishingoncredit]
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Registered: 03/16/12
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texasHF is a wealth of information... Up in general discussion form... Learn about others complaining about neighbors stands & feeders to close ta fence.. Discutions on aging deer& judging racks, wicth ones they dont want you ta shoot... Already new about the ye pay ta play hunts... People investing time money, then time ta renew lease, price goes up, & loose lease cause of ecconomy.. First lease got told by credit adviser leases bad investment... Less than a buck a day, 24-7-365 hog hunts & chance for a deer, thought was pretty good deal.. Family time, we already camped, had ta find cheap camper for lease... Every one else doing it... When WMA opened up down road, stopped leasing... huntsolo starting out.. Pretty safe hunts, started bring rest of family..
Tawakoni have hunted several times... Have heard rumors of break-ins & crack houses... Think its archery only going on... So dont have ta wear orange... Carrying pistal during archery they got good thread in discution part of form... WMA has different rules, so woud check... People carring them ta Church these days so maybe ya can... Corn, think is illegal, baiting... Could have been GM checking on it... Would report it, so keep you from ticket... nidea Hidden cameras could put dent in alot of illegal stuff... Then posts not worth 2cents #1 on ignorance list... Always good ta hunt with a friend... Hunting is easy part, work begins when ya get lucky... Cant drive on WMA like lease or privete land... Stay safe, its a jungle out thar... Edit: had few typo errors... flag


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#5962129 - 10/05/15 01:40 PM Re: what do to do when being followed [Re: fishingoncredit]
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Light Foot

Registered: 09/23/12
Posts: 39
Yeah I'm to poor for a lease and all my friends don't hunt and they rather watch football or play their fantasy league lol! So I hunt mainly alone or with my father on public land..
I guess I'm confused about the wearing orange part bc I was under the impression that on public land you're required to have like 400 Square inches of orange no matter the season.... Guess I'll need to read more fine print

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#5962544 - 10/05/15 05:31 PM Re: what do to do when being followed [Re: fishingoncredit]
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Registered: 09/03/04
Posts: 422
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: fishingoncredit

I guess I'm confused about the wearing orange part bc I was under the impression that on public land you're required to have like 400 Square inches of orange no matter the season.... Guess I'll need to read more fine print



If there's an open gun season,squirrel etc,going on in that county you must wear the orange while walking to and from your stand. You can take it off while in your stand,but you must wear it to and from.

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#5962624 - 10/05/15 06:22 PM Re: what do to do when being followed [Re: fishingoncredit]
colt.45 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
cheers Everything goes up, except wages... We payed $200.00 for year round lease, think one might have been $250.00... We did it as family, 1buck counties... Got on one just before season started, old book said 2buck with up to 2 does... That year it went ta 1buck.. Beig rooky on lease, get whats left over... Ours we could hunt other stands... Change of view... WMA & think theirs other public land available not in booklet, no baiting for deer... Maybe some draw hunts ya can.. One or two during Hog only hunts... If GM would found ya by corn, yah might had ta do some answering... Only time i've ever brought pistal ta WMA was hog hunts & gonna hunt the realy thick stuff... Family or friend not bad idea, more fun when sharing memories, & its work getting something out by ones self... Mostly hog hunt, & backpack out, no gutting, have orange over back pack... Take backstaps, front shoulder is just a blade, easy ta do hind quarter has ball & socket, cut from under & lift up, it pops out... Deer feet & hog feet easy ta distingwish if stoped... For deer, a chain on stand with step ladder type... Usualy get safty harness & belt with stand... Can make a make shift two cart gurny like indians did with teepees... Straps for around tree used ta strap deer.. Harness & safty belt hook on drag.. Not best at explaining... Anyways Best wishes... Edit: If ya hunt solo ya learn tricks ta make it easier, what works best... flag


Edited by colt.45 (10/05/15 06:25 PM)
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