On another note, I was leading a crew doing some trail work on state land the Saturday before thanksgiving and a hunter comes up and asks for all our information, lectures us, and since I said I was in charge, asks me for my address and phone number. He then proceeds to tell me that the land manager who granted us permission (the New York State Office of General Services) had no authority to do so and that I can expect a visit from the Game Warden (for scaring off the deer) and the Forestry Service (for cutting tree limbs out of the way and creating "all sorts of erosional problems").
I smiled, said I looked forward to talking with the aforementioned authorities, got the hunter's contact information, and contacted the land manager. The land manager got in touch with the New York State Legal Council in Albany who are writing up a letter (with the NYS Legal Council and OGS) stamps on it stating that we are in the right and that hunting is not permitted on the property in question.
The hunter also said that the Game Warden had been patrolling the property, found the new section of trail and the 50 or so flags marking where we would continue our work, and removed the flags. He said the Game Warden then called him and asked if he knew anything about the trail, which he denied. He tried saying he was going to conduct citizen's arrest on all of us until I said that we're within the city limits still and I could call a couple officers (had their numbers in my phone since they sometimes ride with us). He forgot about that citizen's arrest pretty quickly.
The whole time we were talking the hunter, who was dressed in full camo (no orange at all), failed to sling his rifle over his shoulder (would have been good etiquette), kept shifting his rifle in his arms and was trying to be as menacing and threatening as possible without actually pointing the darn thing at us.
I'm looking forward to sending him the letter from NYS, posting signage up on the property (which the land manager will probably pay for) and continuing to build and ride.
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