11-17-2010, 12:14 PM
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B&C 180 Class
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Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: North-Central Missouri
HECK no it's not wrong. It's your land, period, end of story. If you are afraid of ending a friendship, then tell them you want to stay off the land for a couple years to let the natural habitat grow back and/or to let the deer have a sanctuary for a couple years before you hunt it again. Then hunt it all you want to by yourself.
If I let one of my buddies come onto MY property that I hunt, I tell them what they can and can't shoot. If there's a BIG buck I'm after (and this year I am, old split tine 9 pointer) I'll flat tell them and show them the buck that they are NOT to take. If they don't like it, then they don't have to come out hunting my property. I think what you need to do is just be more clear to them.
I have a good friend I work with and she and her husband have a rule for anyone who hunts their land. They can't take a buck until they shoot a doe. Period. Even if a MONSTER comes out, if they haven't killed their doe yet, they can't shoot him. Plus, another rule they have is if they kill a buck, it has to be mount worthy. Nothing too small b/c they are trying to get the herd back in order and grow bigger, more mature deer.
your heading hits the nail on the head, "UNAPPRECIATIVE" is exactly right. It's also disrespectful to you. Be more direct w/them. If they hunt there next year tell them, only does. That's just what I would do.
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