To start this off I want to first say that I try to respect those that establish camps and try to figure out where I can fit in by talking to those that have camps out there. I believe all public hunting lands are for all of us to share and no matter what its not that serious.
Now the story. Myself and 2 other friends are heading into an area that I have done some scouting and hunting in for the last 10 years on and also talked to the old timers that have hunted the area for 40 years. When we got to the first old timers camp which was right on the trail, we checked in asked and chatted for a few and let him know where we were gonna set up. Of course he wasnt happy, but he asked us to set up so those running the main trail wont see us and we took the advise and followed it. As we were taking off I asked if he has seen anything and he stated no, then restated and said he had been watching a moose. I asked where and he wouldnt answer. From his advantage point he can see for miles in every direction. He acted like we wouldnt see it anyways and didnt trust us. So we took off and headed towards the ridge we planned to camp on. About a mile and a half from the old timers advantage point we jumped a bull. I tried to flag him down since from his advantage point I know he could see us. We got no reply. So I made the decision to put one of my partners on it. He was the first shooter. The moose was about 800 yards from us, about 400 yards from any trail. My partners put a stalk on him and got the bull. During the stalk the old timer come flying down the hill on his wheeler and pulled up by me and I pointed to the moose and he stated I know, I know and took off. I told him my partners were going at him from the bottom. The old timer tried to make enough noise to spook the moose. Once we got the moose cut up and continued on out to our camp. There is another camp hunting the back side of the ridge I plan to hunt, we stopped in and let him know we were out there. I met him the year before and he knew we were coming this year. Over the next couple days I worked my way out to my truck to pick up some more gear and stopped at a friend of mines camp whom happens to be friends with the first old timer and told me that If I plan to set any type of cache up for the next moose season next summer that I would probably find it burned. Later that same day I met a younger hunter that was hunting with the second old timer and he stated the same thing that we were not welcome to hunt out there. I am confused, I have been deployed to Iraq a couple times, get shot at, mortard and blown up on the roads in a foreign country, and when I come home to hunt with some friends I get this kind of garbage from people that think they are entitled because they have been there for fourty years on public land. I tried everything in my power to coexist and enjoy the outdoors. For one thing I am usually a hot head and am all for confrontation, but this time I relayed back to my mutual friend that I am here to stay and that if they continue to harass and try to intimidate I will get the troopers involved. I dont take threats kindly and would definately fight fire with fire if I had to. All I want to do is coexist and enjoy the outdoors. One of the hunters that went with me is a moderator on this forum and he may have some for to add. Im not sure where I went wrong. Overall the hunt with my friends was a blast, he harvested a decent moose and had a great time. Is it really that serious?