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bearpaw:
How to Deal with Anti-Hunters and Harassment

Posted on June 19, 2013

As avid sportsmen and women, we may cross paths with our biggest foes: the anti-hunting community.  Whether in the field, at a sporting event, a restaurant, or any other place, it is generally a rather unpleasant encounter.  If this happens to you in the field, the question is: How should I handle this situation?

Remember, hunter harassment is illegal in all 50 states!  Over 25 years ago, USSA wrote the draft hunter-harassment language that was used by the majority of states when they passed laws protecting hunters and hunting.  This language has withstood all court challenges during those decades.

If you happen to encounter an anti-hunter while in the field who attempts to disrupt your hunting experience, follow these USSA guidelines:

 - Report the incident to authorities as soon as possible
 - Have an accurate description of the protesters, as well as a license plate number and vehicle information, if possible.
 - Be prepared to file harassment charges against the perpetrators

However, harassment doesnít always just occur in the field; you can come across it during every day activities such as social gatherings or your childís baseball game. Often times you will find yourself on the defensive end against uneducated individuals and itís best to be prepared to help educate them.

 - Be courteous, not defensive. Often times individuals are not educated on how hunters are actually helping conserve wildlife, and may just need to be told the facts.
 - Know your sport. Provide details on how hunters help fund conservation.  Sometimes individuals do not realize that hunters pay for wildlife conservation.
 - Explain that sportsmen eat their kill.  The animal rights lobby constantly spreads misinformation that hunters kill just to kill.

You may not succeed in persuading anyone about the positive aspects of hunting, but you will have at least left them with a better understanding of our outdoor heritage.

See more at: http://www.ussportsmen.org/antis/how-to-deal-with-anti-hunters-and-harassment/#sthash.QWuKQ6Jl.dpuf

washelkhunter:
The die hard righteous anti hunter is becoming extremelly bold, or should i say radicalized? Two years ago we had a hunt ruined because of one. We had elk around us every night prior to and during the hunt. Day 4 my partner hears an elk barking and wonders what the heck. He moves off and away but the sound keeps following. He finally stops ands sees this guy across the way blowing on a call making the warning bark. This guy was in camo. Later that evening we talk about it and think it must be some rookie and his buds put him up to it, kinda like a snipe hunt. At 3am the following day my pard wakes up to hear somebody walking down the road blowing that call. 3am! Im crashed and dont rouse. 5 am were up and he tells me what happened. What! Now we know the score. Never saw or heard another elk after that. We have our own ideas about how to handle something like this again in the field and being polite doesnt figure into it.

cowboycraig:
We have to be the most upright and respected in society. Always be kind and professional. Never give the anti-gun Liberty and Constitution loathing disturbingly large element in our country something to take to MSNBC (or the like).

Craig

oldcamper:
Never (be caught) educating an animal rights person the "old fashioned way".  :chuckle: Always insure all cameras are collected (by any means) and that there will be no chance of stories being told..  :dunno:

And most of all, always say thank you for your time.  :IBCOOL:

JJB11B:
I just walk away becuase I have a quick temper and a filthy mouth. Would get myself in trouble

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