First before some people come on here and get all PC on me let me first say i have no problem with anyone being able to hunt but i have noticed a trend here lately.
I have recently returned from a couple of my old hunting grounds and have noticed something that well i never dealt with before. Experience number 1
Mystery Creek Road.
Headed up to this for a day trip about a couple of weeks ago. This was my favorite hunting spot many years ago when i lived up here. We always made it a point to make a couple trips to this area. I used to know this place like the back of my hand. Well this was the first time in 12 years that i had a chance to go back. Well we got there early and i told a hunting buddy how the trip usually goes. First trucks in get the birds, there will be stragglers for the trucks behind but you really have to watch the road sides etc. So anyhow we headed in early, got to about mile 6 when we found a small group of about 6 birds, Got two out of the bunch. Well we headed past the construction going in and went past the first creek. Much to our suprise we met a truck pulling up. We slowed down to talk and the group in the truck told us to turn around and dont waste your time. I said what? This place is always loaded with grouse. He simply looked pissed and i thought what the hell did we do. We continued to drive all the way up to the airport and saw no birds. Headed way past the airport when we come across some guy walking out in full fatigues with boonie hat etc. My friend looked at me and said where are we laos or cambodia. I laughed but up walked three more guys, all flashing their guns at us with weird looks. We continued passed them about a couple of miles and picked up another grouse. Well as we where headed back to the truck we noticed another truck meeting us on the trail. We stopped and noticed it was a toyota truck with about 10 asian guys in the back box with three in the truck. We followed them and the would drop off about 3-4 guys every couple hundred yards. THe truck would drive and wait for them with driver on walkie talkies and the troops amassed in the trees like in a military formation. THey did this to such perfection it was almost unbelivable. We left that day with three birds and surprised but what we saw. What was this operation and is this normal for up here now.
Trip #2 Took us to old man trail ptarmigan hunting. my buddy commented i hope we dont run into that organization again but on the way back at permenente trail we noticed a similiar group with 8 atvs with about 2-3 guys all packing guns riding on the vehicles. they where loaded down and had tons for game and coolers coming out.
so the next day my buddy made some inquiries at work. An older gentleman told him dont bother if you can reach an area on a truck or 4 wheel drive vehicle the asians have already hunted it out. they go in and literally wipe out everything of small game and they do it in large professional operations. animals be ****ed they will take everything they can get their hands on. that was the comment he heard and a couple of other guys said the same thing. basically you almost need to do a fly out hunt for great small game hunting now.
HAVE anyone here experienced this and how did you handle it. I felt very out of place and didnt think the whole thing seemed fair in the idea of fair chase and wise use of our natural resources. Please people give me your thoughts. Also i am wondering at mystery creek road if i shouldnt have taken their license plate number and called someone with what we saw. thanks and please understand i am not trying to call out the asians it was just wierd to experience and see what we saw recently in our small game trips.
By the way out hunting has sucked this year. worse than any other times in the past and that is the next thing i am wondering. Are you seeing many birds or not our there..?