I have been following the forums for a while and decided to join today in order to ask experienced hunters about a problem I am dealing with.
I recently moved to a different state and I am not a very experienced hunter. I am used to travelling with about 6 people on ATVs and setting up a big hunting camp. I like to bring my wife along although she does not love hunting as much as I do.
The reason I moved was to get a better job. The guys I work with were pretty nice when I first met them and I told them that I was interested in hunting but I was new to the area. They all seemed to like the fact that I was a gun enthusiast and wanted to give me advice about hunting in their state.
I tried to ask a lot of questions and they were very happy to answer me. I asked specifically what to look for when deciding where to hunt. One of the guys showed me an online map of where he hunts and why he chose this location. He said he had hunted there ever since he was a boy and there was a lot of game there and hardly any people. He said that he liked to hunt alone because it was his place where he could have peace. I have never hunted alone and I think it would be strange and dangerous to do so.
A neighbor encouraged me and my wife to put in for a tag where he hunted but we were not get lucky enough to draw. The leftover tags went on sale and we were all able to purchase one. I called 3 of my friends from where I used to live to brag about it and they thought it would be a great excuse to visit me and they were all able to buy tags too. I was so excited. I love a big group and without even trying I had one.
The tags were in a different area than my neighbor usually hunted in so he asked me if I knew anything about the area we had tags for. I said that I didn't so he bought a map and invited me over to look at it with him.
When I saw the map I realized that it was the same place the guy at work had told me about. I showed my neighbor the spot the guy at work had told me about and I pointed out why he told me it would be a good place to hunt. He agreed and we decided we could camp near the spot the guy from work told us about.
I went back to work the next day and was talking to the guys about my hunting trip but instead of being happy for me they all stopped talking to me. I asked one of them why and they said that the other guy showed me the spot so that I could learn what made a good hunting area not so I could hunt the same place that he did.
I don't feel like I did anything wrong. Doesn't everyone have a right to hunt wherever they want to? If it was such a secret why did he tell me about it? I have a lot of people who want to kill something is it fair to let them down?