The two instances that I have some hesitation being in the woods during hunting season are the days during the regular shotgun season and anyplace pheasants are stocked, such as the Manahawkin WMA. I hunt upland game myself, but prefer grouse over stocked pheasant. The guys that try to get out there a few days after the stocking truck are often (not always!) the ones most success oriented and least concerned about safety. Those are the guys that shoot onto the property of others or shoot other people’s dogs. That’s another segment of the sport I dislike anyway. I see no sport in hunting an animal that was essentially a domestic one until the last few days. Unfortunately, in an effort to satisfy the hunters that demand birds for their pheasant stamp money, the state has turned to put and take hunting (and fishing) rather than trying to improve more of its habitat to try to have self-sustaining populations. I get satisfaction from getting as much of my food as I can, animal or vegetable, from nature, in a most natural way and setting as I can. Some of the hunters who pursue the segments of the sport I described in this and my last post are either all about the killing or were brought with what hunting has become in much of this state, and think that it is real hunting."non hunters do not have realistic reason to fear being in the woods with hunters."
Having been hit with pellets in my own backyard when living in Manahawkin and having a friend's dog shot because the hunter shot on sound rather than sight, I believe I am VERY justified and realistic in my fears.