"We live out in the country and have problems all year
long with hunters and people feeling as if it's their
right to trespass on our property. Out biggest concern
is hunters shooting into our woods and field. We cut
firewood all year long. We've been shot at, and even had deer running right at us terrified trying to escape someone on the other side of our woods.
While retrieving firewood during the week, I have come upon more than one man with a gun walking down our property line, or standing on the property line looking into our woods. When we confront these people, they don't care. They know they are trespassing and what they are doing. Property owners have no rights. Anytime we have called the game warden or the sheriff, they do nothing! In the beginning, before camera and video, they couldn't say much. Now....all you hear is....."Did you get it on video? Do you have proof they were trespassing?" As if your own two eyes weren't enough to see that they were indeed trespassing. We have been threatened. We have been screamed and cursed at. I even had an incident where an officer allowed the guy to go back and retrieve a dear illegally. When I said I was going to walk over to my garage and house to watch to make sure this guy didn't trespass,(he claimed the deer was on the neighbors property and it wasn't), I was told I would be arrested. I was also told I would be arrested if I didn't give him a phone number out of my phone. I no longer feel comfortable on our property or in our woods alone. I fear for my dogs safety in our chain link fenced area. I also told my husband I will NEVER call the police again for anything. What I experienced that day three years ago was terrifying. To the cops, if you want respect, you can't treat honest, upstanding, law abiding, citizens like they are the criminal. Just because you grew up with these people and know Billy Bob from school, does not mean you have the right to allow them to trespass. We have spent 28 years trying to protect the deer in our woods and on our property from psychopaths that feel their rights are more important than ours. We don't understand how these hunters are allowed to stomp around on anyone's property and shoot towards their home. My husband and I both have said, if either one of us are ever shot or worse yet killed, it will be our life's mission to make those who are responsible to pay. Until then, we will do what we can to try and make a change. I have called and written several letters in regards to the horrible hunting practices in NE Ohio. We don't know how these people sleep at night. Maybe if a loved one is shot and killed in the process of this whole thing, then, but then, will they see a different side."