That's right, someone has been hunting on our 35 acre property up north. Maybe that's what happens when you buy land and you can't live there full time right away.
Our neighbour, the cattle farmer, gave us a call a few days ago to report that he saw blood stains on our gravel driveway. He reckons that someone shot a deer and dragged it out under our gate. He also shared some horror stories of irresponsible hunters shooting livestock.
Farmer P. lost one of his Charolais cattle to a hunter's errant gun shot a few years ago. This year, he had to move his cattle from the pasture near the beaver pond because the duck hunters could be heard in the area. He warned us that during hunting season, you can't even walk out to the mailbox without wearing your hunter's orange vest and cap. We also heard that a local veterinarian's horse was shot, too!
The frustrating thing is that you can't do anything about it! The hunters are unseen and there's no way to hold them accountable! A farmer not only bears the financial loss, but also has to deal with the grief of losing an animal that he or she has spent a lot of time and care in raising.
This makes me feel angry and a bit scared, too. We will put up No Hunting signs, along with our No Trespassing signs, but unless we're there on the property, it will be impossible to enforce it. Plus, a hunter can shoot an animal without stepping foot on our land. They can hunt from the road or from the adjoining woods.
|Our long driveway and front pastures|
Do you have any stories like this? Any trespassers hunting on your land without permission? Have you lost livestock or pets to a hunter's bullet? We're new to country living so this is culture shock to us! Please share your stories and advice!
P.S. We are certainly not against hunting! My son and I are looking forward to doing some deer and wild turkey hunting. But we want to protect our future livestock, as well as ourselves. We want to be the hunters, not the hunted!
UPDATE (November 28, 2012)
Thank you, everyone, for all your thoughts and advice. Let me tell you the latest news: My farmer neighbour phoned us to say that last Saturday in the wee hours, some drunken yahoos broke into some seasonal homes, destroyed a mailbox, and SHOT and killed our neighbour's cow, who was pregnant with twins--they were lost, too!!! What a senseless tragedy. This dear man has put a chain and lock on our farm gate to try to protect our property from intruders. So far, the Lord has protected us. That's the update, for now :-(.
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