Fellow hunters advice needed
Had a very strange thing happen in my neighborhood the day after I got home from Elk hunting (sadly no luck). I live in an A-typical sub-division that backs up to Federal Wet lands and small sections of farm land and a busy hwy about 50 yards behind my house that wraps around the sub- division. All of a sudden I hear gun fire in the neighborhood. 3 distinct shots as if they came from the house next door. It isn't long before I hear another single shot. I call the police and they tend to think it is the Duck hunters club a few miles away which I new better but didn't argue.
My wife comes home from work a short while later and notices two guys behind our house kneeling down working on something. By the way they were acting my hunch was they were dressing out a deer and sure enough it wasn't long and one stood up knife in hand covered in blood. Keep in mind that this is just 30 feet back from a tract of over 150 homes (read suberbanites) in a city of about 25,000. At this point we are video taping it and I think I have just caught myself some reckless poachers. I call the police again and this time they show up and take it serious.
After about 20 minutes they intercept the hunters as they are proceeding with dragging the buck up to the highway. Ends up it was three of them and it isn't long before they head back down to retrieve the deer and the police drive away. We get a call back from the police who said they had tags, license and verified permission from the land owner to hunt his land. Nothing they can do, perfectly legal, case closed.
Now I am a Deer and Elk hunter, firearms enthusiast, CCW holder, retired USMC, etc. but I am beyond WTF dismayed. I may be no expert but I know enough to realize that any or all of those 4 shots could have gone into my neighborhood or across the hwy and into a car, cyclist, or jogger. The fact it took them 4 shots at that close distance doesn't inspire my confidence as to their shooting prowess either. My point is that given that close proximity to so many obvious no fire hazzards this may be legal but it is beyond comprehension stupid given the potential if not guarantee for rounds landing were they have no business ever going.
I'm thinking what if one of the 400 kids in my neighborhood gets shot off of thier swing set or my wife while she waters her plants on the back deck. I'm no hero but if that happens there will be 2 shootings. I'm ticked and want to do somthing about this beyond going to the land owner and giving him a good verbal beating or looking into his left ear to see if I can see light at the other end of the tunnel or not. He is taking a huge risk to save a few acres of crops from some tame deer. Has to be another way.
I can only imagine if one of the countless soccer moms had heard and seen that instead of someone like me. She would have freaked out big time. Oh, and kids go down and play in that area all the time too. Probably not supposed to but boys will be boys and I know I would of been down there every chance I got at that age. There is a small crick after all. My thought is to go to our home owners association to see if we can't get a petition put together to have a no fire or safety zone mandated for that area. I want to make sure this never happens again because next time somone stands a good chance of getting killed or hurt. What do you all think?