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    Helping out other hunters???

    Last year I helped out another archery hunter. He was having trouble getting shots at elk. He stopped by my camp and asked if I could help him the next day since his partners had to go back and work. I somewhat knew this kid since he is from the same town. I accepted his offer since it would be easier to pack out an elk if we got one. Saturday he came to my work and asked if I was camping in the same spot this year. I told him I planned on it but wouldn't be able to get up there to set up til next weekend since work was super busy. He then told me he set up camp there already. He really liked the spot when he saw it last year and decided to set up his camper and tent there. I didn't know what to say. I told him that it was fine (it is on public land, first come first serve) go ahead and camp. I couldn't help but feel a little betrayed after thinking about it for a while. I can only imagine that he will be heading to the same two spots I showed him while we were hunting. At least I didn't show him my really good spots. I have a couple other spots to camp but kinda feel like it is too much into the elk. I will brush this off. What has everyone else done in this situation? I'm sure I am not the first this has happened to. At least he told me before I drove into that area and set up my camp. Any suggestions on what to do besides not helping him out in the future?

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    that's a damn shame. my brother does that same crap. had to stop sharing areas with him because he moves all his buddies in. some people just aren't geared with common sense. if he is able to drive up a camper he is no kid and he's big enough to know better. he will notice you don't show up and he will ask about it, be honest with him.

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    Wow that is a shame. I have to agree some folks just don't get it. I've had a area ruined by saying to much to the wrong person. What I've learned is this. I like to get to know someone a bit before discussing areas. I never give out MY own honey hole to anyone that I haven't personally hunted with and trust that person to not tell anyone. I still will
    Be hesitant on going to my exact spot with anyone. What I usually do is give folks spots that I know will hold animals but aren't where I hunt anymore that way if they screw it up it doesn't affect my hunting.

    Sorry but your the better person by letting it slide. I don't think I could with out a few words first.
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    My buddy out in Wyoming and I are the same way about our spots. The only way anyone gets invited to hunt with us is by almost taking a blood oath BEFORE we agree to take them with us. So far we have only had one guy that was a jerk. He worked for the company my buddie's Dad owned up here in MI. He hunted with them for a few years before I even met them and all of a sudden a few years ago he told them he wasn't going with them any more. Then we found him with a couple other people we had never met right where we hunt. Then in 2012 he had five people with him and we didn't even get close to him we were so mad. Last year he didn't show up and I hope it goes that way this coming season. I remember back in the early 50s when I was just starting school and could only hunt with Dad on a few weekends. Once he took a guy that worked with him to his duck honeyhole and they limited out with five mallards a piece. The following weekend he took me and right in our spot was the guy with three of his friends that Dad didn't even know. I don't remember my Dad ever taking anyone else but me to any of his hunting spots after that.
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    I hear this all the time, and I mean all the time...... its public land I can hunt it if I want. true, but c'mon! find your own blasted spot, that is half the fun and rearward anyway.

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    Ahhhh how damn frustrating! Same thing has happened to me a couple times, I gotta stop being the nice guy too.
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    My secret spots will go to my grave with me.
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    I couldn't agree more!

    Quote Originally Posted by ivorytip View Post
    I hear this all the time, and I mean all the time...... its public land I can hunt it if I want. true, but c'mon! find your own blasted spot, that is half the fun and rearward anyway.

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    That really sucks. I hate being the nice guy.

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    It can be hard but being honest with him to me is the best approach. Sometimes we have to be hit over the head with the obvious before we understand some things in life. I would take the time to explain how you feel to this kid and hope he understands. At least your words will have a chance at helping him in the future. I was lucky and had an experienced hunter teach me the basics when I was young.

 

 

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