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Well, wasn't sure if this was the right place to post this, but it relates to fishing so I figured it may be. Anyhow this is a question that was asked in another forum I use, and it was fun to hear the stories, plus it'll be good to read some stories to lessen the cabin fever :-/ ;).

What I mean by anti-fishermen is someone who started giving you crap about fishing, like a peta guy for example. Someone who tryed to go as far as get in your way while you were fishing (in person) in an attempt to stop you. Or just plain out started jabbering their bs about why fishing is bad and cruel etc. So have you ever had a run in with a individual(s), like this? If so share your story, it'll be a good read. I have yet to be confronted by someone like this *thankyfully* (knock on wood), but I was shocked to hear how many people were when this question was posted on the other forum I use :o.

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It's against the law to do that in Georgia. So nope, I've never had it happen.

It may be against the law, but some people still do it regardless. Which is why I was shocked to hear so many reports of it on the other forum, I don't think it was legal in any of the states in which these guys were from, but it happened to em anyway.

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I know there are some that have. But in GA the right to hunt and fish is written in our constitution, voted for by over 95% of voters. It just doesn't happen here.

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Never had it happen here in Kentucky either.  The PETA folks are really screwed up people.  

It will be interesting to hear some of the replies.

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Nope, but if you do just move on. You are not going to change them so

there is no reason to waste time trying. A very small percentage of

Americans actually hunt, but the vast majority are not against it.

Those are the people we should care about.

One example will illustrate my point. Deer hunters should never

tie their kill on the hood of a truck. When carcasses are being

transported, they should be covered. Bambi mother's head flopping

around with her tongue hanging out and blood are over her is not

a pretty sight. Those sad, dead eyes really upset some of "our

friends". So, a little common sense is all that's needed. Your rights

have a better chance of being protected if your responsibilities are

met.

8-)

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I know there are some that have. But in GA the right to hunt and fish is written in our constitution, voted for by over 95% of voters. It just doesn't happen here.

It's a Cali thing,lol

I had someone pretend they worked for the state and he was telling me I was not allowed to be at our lake because it is private access. Wrong dude to try that on.

Question 1

Who do u work for again?

D.E.M. (our DNR)

what dept?

Fisheries

Soyou work for Jim?

Yea

There is no Jim, the directors name is Bob and the fisheries management directors name is Christine. I'll need to see your ID before I call her.

We don't get ID's

I have written permission to be here from Christine and the Providence water supply board. I've petitioned the neighbors and have 17 signatures allowing me to be an advocate for the neighborhood in reporting my findings back to the supply board so they can use the data in conjunction with their testing. (I used to go get the Max depth samples for them once a week) I have permission to park on 3 different properties. So do I need to call a cop or are you going to go away? (3 of us, 1 of him)

He left.

Turns out he moved in up the street (off the shore, not a legal "lake" resident") and found out this was semi private and was trying to enforce this fact himself. He's lucky I'm a diplomatic guy,....I know people that would have used him for chum that afternoon.

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Nope, but if you do just move on. You are not going to change them so

there is no reason to waste time trying. A very small percentage of

Americans actually hunt, but the vast majority are not against it.

Those are the people we should care about.

One example will illustrate my point. Deer hunters should never

tie their kill on the hood of a truck. When carcasses are being

transported, they should be covered. Bambi mother's head flopping

around with her tongue hanging out and blood are over her is not

a pretty sight. Those sad, dead eyes really upset some of "our

friends". So, a little common sense is all that's needed. Your rights

have a better chance of being protected if your responsibilities are

met.

8-)

This happened to us (myself and our two sons, 5 and 7 at the time) the past fall coming home from a fishing trip on the Shenandoah River.  The guy had a dead buck (uncovered) tied to an ATV he was towing.  It didn't bother me so much, I've done my share of hunting in the past.  However, it pretty much turned our sons into anti-hunters.

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I have two brothers who feel that its their job in this life to show me how fishing is a dumb sport, and that only people who aren't smart enough to do anything else. But then again their are the first guys who want to go fishing when the crappies are running.

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Well I was fishing with this other dude once and we went into a store to get some food. We wore our fishing vets, and carried in the poles we had. There were two teenage girls sitting on the porch of the store who says "You know you could of picked a better sport" so I quickly replied "You're right but deer hunting season is not open" And we just went into the store and got our food.

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One time.

Two years ago I was fishing on the Rappahannock River in Virginia when a ski boat, and a big one, with a bunch of collage age boys and girls on board, made circles about 100 yards from where I was fishing, turning the boat around and around about two or three times each time they came by.

Their big ski boat made big waves that forced my bass boat to the shore.

So I left.

I met another guy and his young son a bass bout a mile down the river and he told me that they had to leave where they were fishing due to the ski boat.

We contemplated going back and getting the boat's registration number, but then decided that it was better just to move on, which we did.

Other than that, I have never met any anti-fishing folks.  :)

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I have never had any run-ins with any one who was anti-fishing but like Sam said I have had quite a few run-ins with people who try to run you off with a big ski boat. When the warm weather warms up it is hard to fish when they are out running right beside you and throwing a wake that completly moves you off your spot. >:(

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I would just say "Isn't it great that we live in America, where people like you can have an opinion and folks like me can ignore it??!! Have a GREAT day!!"

ajr

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Don't be surprised if you find them on forums such as this. It is part of their strategy!

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I have had a time where i was fishing and a girl walked down the path next to me and made rude comments about fishing than about 20 min later she came back with her boyfriend who looked like a hippy.

He went on and on and on and on about how i was Littering the lake with lead and killing nature. I explained to him i release everything i catch and that got him more upset so he kicked my tacklebox in the river .... the rest i shouldnt post but he crawled away.

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When I was about 16 I was camping with some friends up in the N. GA mountains and we decided to go out and catch our dinner. We were catching crappie and throwing the keepers in a cooler for later when a woman came up cackling about how cruel is was to let the fish die in that cooler but when we stood up she left. I guess you're supposed to have a veterinarian on hand to euthanize your fish before you fry them.

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Oh man...a lot. Not in fishing so much but in hunting, fur trapping, and animal research. I've chosen to live rural, as I'm a naturalist ("nature lover" to some, "nature hater" to others), but have spent plenty of time in more urban settings including University towns often dubbed "rarified air", which means steeped in deep thought, which can be really great, unless the "thinkers" let their Opinions jump ahead of their experience human nature I guess.

I'll give one pathetic fishing related story: I was running a Learn-To-Fish-Day event in a University town and we had kids excitedly casting, tying knots, and then fishing in a river mouth (pre-baited for carp). A boy kept showing up at the outskirts, obviously very interested, then running off. The third time he came back I said, "Hi, would you like to join us? It's free." He looked at me, looked at the other kids and their parents, his eyes darting back and forth as if he was in real turmoil. He then looked up at me and said, "We don't believe in fishing," and he ran off. I really felt for that kid. Parents should NOT dump politics on children. My Mom didn't like it when I started fur trapping, but she said she made the decision to let me develop my own interests, knew I was sensitive and responsible, and trusted me.

I try to understand both (actually the many) sides so I can know where I stand on the things I participate in, and when to shut off, or re-think, my Opinions. I guess it comes from having had to defend myself amongst people from many walks, on the many consumptive uses for animals I've been involved in.

Another quick story, but hunting related: I was pitching dummies for my lab at a small manicured corporate pond. I was at one end with my dog, and several family groups of geese were at the other, calmly preening on the bank. Now both the geese and the dog are aware but indifferent to one another, from experience; Amber knew she cannot catch those geese, and the geese knew it too. Plus, she was tightly obedience trained and knew when to get serious about hunting (she knew who had the gun and what it can do).

A guy came peeling up in a van, stormed up to me, and said, You should not be here! Those geese LIVE here! Now I happened to know every pond and pothole within a 15mile radius of that place. I knew where those geese raised broods and where and when they roosted and fed. He didn't have a clue. I calmly but forcefully said, No. They don't. They spend some evenings here, And so do I. He looked stymied, then without another word, turned on his heels and was gone. When I get the chance I at least try to give someone like that something to think about.

Another...this one, because of the audacity of the girl, I was less helpful. I was grouse hunting with a friend, and an Audi appeared bristling with Nordic skis. The driver pulled up and said in a snide tone, We'll be skiing here, you won't shoot us will you? I turned to my friend and said, Colin, is Nordic skier season still open? Colin took the nod and pulled out his wallet and pretended to consult the regs. Ummmm....lessseeee....Nordic skier season....closed....Yesterday! You're safe, I said.

Hunting, at least, IS in trouble, and so is a basic understanding of nature the real culprit I think. Our society, the world in fact, is rapidly urbanizing and people are growing up without in depth experience with the natural world. Here's a worthwhile read on the subject: Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv (2005).

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It's against the law to do that in Georgia. So nope, I've never had it happen.

I'm a long time lurker and havent posted much here but i would like to comment on this as I am used to dealing with matters of the law

I'm a police officer and I have to be honest, how would this would be against the law???

what if you were fishing and someone pulled up next to your boat and started slapping the water with their oars or something. I dont see how thats against the law, but its sure going to screw up your fishing.

just because we all have the right to fish with licenses on public water doesnt mean we cant prevent anyone else from being on that same body of water unless they are doing something that is a crime against your person.

I would like to know your thoughts

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In the state of NY it is illegal to "harrass" (or some other term) someone engaged in hunting or fishing. It's a state law. Now, how one proves that may be a challenge, but oftentimes "anti" tactics are less than subtle.

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In the state of NY it is illegal to "harrass" (or some other term) someone engaged in hunting or fishing. It's a state law. Now, how one proves that may be a challenge, but oftentimes "anti" tactics are less than subtle.

I agree, they could some up with a million reasons why they are there doing whatever it is they are doing.

videotape them in the act! that will help out when you call the authorities

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It is always interesting to read post like this. Inevetiably it is always the same. People in the North East, The Left Coast, and Colorado (something about Colorado attracts the nutters), sometime Montana are the areas that have this sort of thing happen. It just doesn't happen in the south to often, there are several reasons for this. For a southern boy there are certain things ingrained into you growing up, the three G's God, Guts and Guns. Sorta like that Hank Jr. song, "A Country Boy Will Survive", the liberal democrats (not all dems are liberal) and anti's just don't get it. To avoid sounding arrogant, or giving the anti's who lurk here ammo, I think I will leave it at that. Anyway Sportsmen are the single greatest conservationist there are, we have a stake in the future of game and fish. I won't bore anyone here with information that most of you would know any how, but the single most dangerous threat to our environment are environmentalists.

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