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So last saturday I get out to the hunting club (bow season) and pin out. Drive ATV to a good spot for me to walk in a comfortable distance to where I wanted to climb, when I am about 100 Yards from where I want to be, I run into another hunter coming into the area from opposite direction. (in the dark).

I was like, hey what are you doing? He seemed surprised I was there, and then proceeded to tell me he would let me have the area, but that I needed to move my pin. 

When I went back to camp he comes and an apologized and starts in again about my pin location. I said look, there are 2700 acres out here, and you don't need to be hunting right on top of me. Well now I am a dick because I don't like this guy on top of me. 

I was like, look, the map isn't exact, and neither is my pin location, its the general area of where I am. That is the whole point of giving someone space and our lease calls for 1 hunter per 100 acres. 

Am I crazy, or would you be hacked someone was sitting 100 yards behind you during bow season?
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Yep if that's what the rules are and you were pinned first I'd tell him to " FO " politely.
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Originally posted by Lockjaw Lockjaw wrote:

So last saturday I get out to the hunting club (bow season) and pin out. Drive ATV to a good spot for me to walk in a comfortable distance to where I wanted to climb, when I am about 100 Yards from where I want to be, I run into another hunter coming into the area from opposite direction. (in the dark).

I was like, hey what are you doing? He seemed surprised I was there, and then proceeded to tell me he would let me have the area, but that I needed to move my pin. 

When I went back to camp he comes and an apologized and starts in again about my pin location. I said look, there are 2700 acres out here, and you don't need to be hunting right on top of me. Well now I am a dick because I don't like this guy on top of me. 

I was like, look, the map isn't exact, and neither is my pin location, its the general area of where I am. That is the whole point of giving someone space and our lease calls for 1 hunter per 100 acres. 

Am I crazy, or would you be hacked someone was sitting 100 yards behind you during bow season?

I ran into this same issue several years ago because the club I was a member of used a hand-drawn "map" of the place that wasn't remotely close to scale or proportionally correct. We marked our stand locations the same way as yours, with pins, but pin locations were a guess at best, made worse by neither the map nor the trails being accurate. The best way to solve the problem is to get a large laminated aerial photo of the place, mark all the stand locations with GPS waypoints, plot the waypoints on Google Maps/Earth, and you then have a more accurate representation of the stand locations. Once you establish all locations with GPS coordinates, everyone then knows exactly how far away all adjacent stands/blinds are before establishing any new stand/blind locations. Then establish a firm club rule on the minimum distance one can set a stand to any others, and conflicts are eliminated because the GPS doesn't lie.
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Good, spatially accurate maps really help. However, sometimes (and this is always an issue on public land) you're just going to have to deal with it. I've had a hunter walk right into elk when I was about to shoot one and blow my shot. That's life. My main strategy is to be willing to go where other hunters won't.

In a lease situation, with money involved, no need to be a jerk, but plenty of right to be firm and strict.
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What upset me about it is his attitude. Like you can just walk through the woods in the dark with a climbing stand and be exactly where you pin out. It's not possible, especially when you have to find a tree you can climb and be able to see too. 

And when you get right down to it, distances on a map aren't exactly like being there. I ended up perhaps 50 yards from where I pinned out. 

What I did was use the property boundary, not the field that was hand drawn on the map. So my bet is I was actually quite accurate about my location. And he thought I drove all the way around the property, rather than hike in with the wind in my face from the back side, and shorter distance of travel for me. 

I swear..... 
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