Yesterday, I saw two guys standing next to a truck, one of them with a rifle in his hands, as I drove through the Lake Como recreation area and campground. One of the guys was pointing up the hill, seemingly guiding the other one, and as I rounded the corner, I lost sight of the guy with the rifle, that was, the last I saw, leaning over the hood of the truck looking at something through the scope that the other guy was pointing at…
Being that this area was a recreation area, there are signs posted that read “No shooting”, so I was wondering what the two guys were doing–especially leaning over a truck from across the road, aiming the rifle up the hill. I stopped my Jeep, and waited for Jason, who was driving in front of me, to stop his truck to see if he saw them, and then there was a gun shot.
I ended up parking my Jeep, and I got in the truck with Jason, and we drove back to the group, where nobody was wearing orange, and they had already headed up the hill after whatever they were shooting at–and now there were three. Apparently, there was a girl with them, too.
On top of the hill, two of the three decided to put on orange vests, and then another shot echoed. Being that this is a recreation area with “No shooting” signs posted, we decided to head down the road to where we could get service and give FWP a heads up that these people were so blatantly hunting in a recreation area, without orange and across the road.
We notified FWP and headed back toward my Jeep. As we were driving by, a teenage kid was cleaning off his bloody knife, with a smile on his face, after gutting a young doe the crew had dragged down the hill. There was an older man, maybe 60 years-old, who was beaming. I recognized him as the man with the rifle that was being guided by the teenager.
We reminded them that the recreation area is a no-hunting area, and the older man’s smile instantly disappeared and he seemed genuinely surprised and responded with “oh no, really?”, while the teenage male immediately responded with “it’s a no SHOOTING area–you can hunt here”. Um. What? That almost made me laugh out loud, as he must have also forgotten how they got the deer that was on the ground at their feet. You aren’t even supposed to fire a gun in the recreation area. More....