I went out at 5:30 yesterday morning, parked the truck, walked about 3/4 mile off the road to a beaver pond I'd staked out on State land earlier in the summer (unit 20B, outside the Fairbanks Mgt. Area). There's a pretty wide game trail, but nothing more to get in there. All went well for the morning - I saw two cows with calves, one grizzly passed by, and I got one distant response to some brush scraping and grunts. But it all ended after noon. Around 1:00 pm, the ATVs started showing up. 7 different riders with gun scabbards on their ATVs ran down to the beaver pond, found they couldn't go any further, turned around and came back out, and one of them - a young teen with no muffler on his machine - made three trips in and out. I don't think any of them knew I was there, even though they passed within 50 feet of me.
I want to put some meat in the freezer, but I'm too disgusted to even go back out there today. I don't have the time or resources to fly out somewhere and get away from everyone, and I'm pretty much stuck with day trips in 20B. I know they have just as much right to hunt there as I do, but there's a difference between hunting and busting through the brush on a noise maker. How far do you have to go to get away from the yahoos who can't tell the difference. Any guesses what kind of response I'd get if I put up signs saying "Quiet please: hunting season is open."