Sunday, November 08, 2009

Is that what I think it is in my fire ring?

I had pitched the tent, set up camp, and collected a significant amount of firewood before I took my first little scouting hike for the evening.  It was a brisk Autumn day and I had seen deer in this part of the property before and thought I would build a blind or hang a stand to hunt out of tomorrow. I felt a little rushed, this was only day 1 of a 5 day excursion I had planned and I would need to be back at camp in time to start the fire, cook dinner, and prepare for tomorrow. After finding the spot I liked ( I still hunt from the same tree to today) I leisurely strolled back to camp only to find Items missing (food, axe, etc.) and human scat in my fire ring. I can't prove it, but I believe it to be some anti-hunters who own adjacent property. They know where I camp since they had walked up on me during an earlier hunt and told me in no uncertain terms that I should leave and if anything happened to their precious horses that I would be to blame. I never left and this is the only time my camp was vandalized and it has been years now but I still feel uneasy.  If a woman could do that to my fire pit, what would she do to me?  I wondered if anyone else has had a similar incident and if there is any rational reason for pooping in a man's fire pit besides being a crazed lunatic ( I don't think it is ancient Cherokee custom). Just a thought before heading back into the wilderness where it seems that just like in the city, man's greatest danger comes from man. I wished I had thought to take a picture that day. Poop in the fire pit is a lot like Big Foot, you never have a camera when you need one.


  1. The anti's will stoop to nothing to get their point across and that just proves how low they really are.

  2. Hi Gabe, Well it's a new custom as far as I know! But you're right that mans biggest danger comes from man, whether your in the real or in the concrete jungle, it's just a sad fact of life.

  3. Well now, that is an interesting discovery isn't it! Crazy. For once, California (where we KNOW crazy) has done a pro-hunter thing and just signed legislation that makes hunter harassment such as this illegal and it carries some stiff fines. Outside of the vandalism and theft piece of your story, it would be nice to prove that they did it and have a law like ours to really nail them.