Ran into a chap I had not seen in a few years over the past weekend and we discussed hunting of course.
He said,"well, did you see me on TV"? Hmm - no, why should I have? He said on the second morning of our IL 3 day deer gun season a warden and 2 news people with a camera running walked up to his elevated deer stand a little before 8 AM - prime deer hunting time - and the warden proceeded to check him out. He was told the tv crew was doing a story on deer hunters and wanted to tag along. All was Ok as this guy is very by - the - book, but in essence it ruined his moring hunt. The crew of 3 went on to check 2 of this guys friends and then the property owner who was very irate over the group of people running through his woods during the morning hunt. Warden said to calm down as he could go anywhere he wanted to - owner said maybe so, but I am pressing tresspassing charges on the tv people!
I could have understood the tv crew interviewing hunters at their vehicles, and then asking the hunters if they could follow them to a stand if it was OK, but this seems to go way beyond what a warden should be doing to hunters in the woods??? I know after waiting a year for deer season to arrive, and it only running for 3 prime days, I would not be a happy camper to see a crew coming to my stand site! I have had wardens do it alone though - it may be part of their job but it sure leaves a sour taste to loose those quality hours when there are so few to enjoy...
Anybody else have any unusual encounters?