- Apr 12, 2011
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I was up on my land by the new pond on Sunday, setting up a few targets to shoot my new shotgun. I hear "Hello Sir".
Immediately I was shocked. (I live at the end of a dead-end road, chained gate with a No Trespassing sign right on the gate)
There was a guy standing just off my driveway about 50 yards from me, maybe 35 years old. I couldnt believe what I was seeing, but he was there. I ask What are you doing up here? He replied I hunt all this land up here. My family owns it.
As I am telling him that I am the owner of this property, I get a little worried and make my way to the passenger side of the truck where my trusty .45 is loaded and ready to go. I dont get it, but stand at the back of my truck and tried to logic this out with him. I guess my body language told him that I was ready to pull out the firearms, because he did not make a move towards me.
I calmly and politely told him that I was the owner of this land and that he was trespassing and needed to leave the exact way he came in. This is where my heart started pumping a bit . He started in on how he was raised on this land and saved the life of so-and so over there by those rocks and he had just as much right to be here as I did. Told me That truck right there belongs to my grandfather.
Thats when I knew I was dealing with someone with their head screwed on not so straight. I cut him off quickly and explained once more that he was trespassing and that he needed to leave, now. (I got a bit firm in my voice and body language ok so I may have used some foul language as well, but I wanted to get my point across).
He said, that there was no need for me to get upset and that he wanted to shake my hand. I told him that I was a nice guy and would shake if he hadnt come thru a locked gate that is clearly marked No Trespassing and that makes him a threat to me. Once again I told him in a not-so-polite manner to get the F outta here. Which finally, he did.
On his way out to the drive way, he pointed down the driveway that would go to my house and asked, Can I go down this way to get out? I told him if he walked down that road any further he would be shot and not by me. (my wife wont ask the why are you here questions).
As he headed down the hill to the gate, I walked up across the ridge and watched him go thru the gate and back up the road. The closest neighbors have a son that lives in a trailer off the road a bit. I figured he was one of their meth-head buddies that was out to check out the area.
When all this was going on, I kept repeating to myself I really dont want shoot this guy. Sure glad I didnt have to.
That type of behavior is really disconcerting. I think I would have called the cops to make a record of the event and, more importantly, find out who the guy is and what kind of a threat he poses.
The closest neighbors have a son that lives in a trailer off the road a bit. I figured he was one of their meth-head buddies that was out to check out the area.
I'd keep a shovel in the truck...