There are a number of threads about meeting others in the field that aren't so positive, so I thought I would mention a few things that left a smile on my face this weekend.
First of all, my 6-wheeler broke down on me about 5 miles from the road down in the bottom of a deep ravine. I was in the process of manually winching it up a hill (which would have taken 6 hours at least) when two different groups of hunters stopped to help. One kind gentleman offered to tow me all the way to the road, and then helped me load my machine into my truck when we got there. Thank you!!!
After that, I headed down the road to see if I could spot any animals from the road. I spotted a group of caribou about 2-3 miles out across some swampy land and headed out on foot to try to intercept them. I was successful, but after butchering and packing one load out, I realized that I was quickly running out of daylight. I asked a gentleman camped next to my truck if he would shine a spotlight out in my direction periodically if I didn't make it back before dark so that I knew which way to walk. Not only did he agree to help out, but he offered his handgun to me so that I could leave my heavier rifle behind for the 2nd load. Thank you as well!
While negative experiences certainly happen, I'm often amazed at the kindness I experience from fellow hunters when out in the field. I try to help others out as much as possible, but I always feel like I recieve way more than I give.