When I was growing up I used to hunt while living in Casco, next to what was then one of the largest deer herds in Maine. I was about 20 when one day I had a shot just miss me and hit a very nearby tree. It was a young man from out of state that had been separated from his hunting party. His bright idea was to squeeze off a shot so they could find him. They found him just before I was ready to strangle him. Accidents happen almost every year in the woods to someone while they are out hunting, and sometimes to innocent by-standers. Remember the woman that was shot while out hanging her laundry. Some please correct me if I am wrong here, but didn't that accident lead to the law that you cannot hunt within 1000' of a house. I just don't want anyone from the geocaching community to get hurt, or worse.
I have nothing against anyone who does choose to hunt. :)
Thanks, Bruce. For asking. ;)
I used to be an avid hunter, mainly because I accompanied my Dad, and we had some great times together. I haven't hunted in a couple of years, and I think this is the first year I didn't even get a license. At age 86, my Dad doesn't hunt much anymore, and I can get great steaks at Hannaford or the local Sure Fine grocer cheaper than what it costs to have a deer butchered.
I'm glad that Maine requires "hunter safety" training before kids are allowed to get a license, but I wonder what other states require - and what Maine requires for "out of state" licenses. :eek::eek:
As for the training required for out of state licenses, I'm not sure. All instate hunters are required to prove that they attended a hunters safety course. You are not allowed to hunt within 300' of a residence. You are not allowed to shoot over or within 50 yards of a public way. And not to really kick the hornets nest, but Maine averages one fatal hunting accident every two years. Maine averages 15 fatal snowmobile accidents every year. (www.maine.gov/difw) That being said, I'm saving up for two snowmobiles!! (Just don't let my wife know, it's easier to apologize than ask permission :) )Wear a little orange, make lots of noise, I think that we will all be fine.
One of my theories is that any hunter who is dumb enough to shoot on impulse at a target he/she was unsure of is dumb enough to hunt in areas and at times not allowed for hunting anyway.
I heard an announcement on the radio the other day I found interesting as well. They were giving hunting tips for firearm season and suggesting that you walk in off a busy road until it's just out of sight and look for deer trails there. They claimed most bow hunters don't hunt those areas and the deer are used to the road noise so they would not be so easily spooked.
and if you want to buy an ATV or sled don't go with jake, he'll make you buy everything in sight! :rolleyes::rolleyes::p
BTW Jake, since this thread is about the huntin topic, you mentioned before the trails in thorndike/unity close to ATVs during hunting season (but open on sundays) when do they close, and are they still usable to gain access to the caches on those trails (without using an atv?)
Incidentally, in another few weeks I should have every other weekend more or less free for riding . . . or we can mount our one final cache adventure with Medawisla and finish off our maps . . . should be good for a day trip . . . if we can tear you away from the Poo-laris.
And incidentally, Josh says your snowmobile is ready to be picked up any time you want to swing by and grab it. ;):D
Thorndike Trails (not Troy trails) close during Deer Hunting Season (whenever that starts . . . and I'm talking firearms, not bow hunters) with the exception of Sundays. And I believe all of my caches (with the exception of one) are on the Troy Trail System so you can access them by ATV, foot or car.
- Shooting within 100 yards of dwelling. It is unlawful to discharge a firearm or crossbow within 100 yards of a residential dwelling or a farm building used for sheltering livestock, machines, or harvested crops without permission from the owner, or in the owners absence, an adult occupant who dwells in that location.