... thread struck a raw nerve with me:
My son-in-law and I were hunting on a lake off of Swanson River Road on Saturday. Yeah, not exactly wilderness hunting I know, but we've hunted about everywhere on the pen without connecting, and only had a brief window to try to get a moose before the season closed.
Anyway, we took a back way into this lake (which also has an official entrance from the road) and found some very promising meadows in the afternoon which we planned to hunker down in and do some calling. Just as we were paddling back to the camp along comes two very noisy guys in a red Coleman to investigate the area where we were obviously going to hunt. Well, end of the season, and lots of people were scrambling, so we knew we had no claim. The lake was fairly big, two parties could hunt it if these guys could just take a hint. A little disappointed, we made our way back to our camp to wait until sundown.
When the time came, we paddled to our chosen spots to sit, glass and call. And just about then, what should happen but that the guys in the red canoe start to fire semi-autos volley after volley in their camp. This went on for about an hour. Just when you'd think they were done, they'd fire off another 20 rounds of rapid fire which echoed around the lake.
I'm not sure if they were trying to harass us or what. The trailheads on all the lakes say: "No gun fire unless hunting", so these guys were clearly illegal in doing firing at all in that manner. But even more than that, who would be moronic enough to ruin everybody else's hunting within a mile or more radius, and on the last weekend of the season? I just don't get that kind of inconsiderateness.
No moose showed that evening or the next morning. I'm guessing that all the noise spooked them.
I thought about leaving a note on their vehicle but figured they would be too stupid or selfish to pay attention, so I let it go.