I would let it go. Grumpy old men like this one are not going to change, and all suing is going to do is cause you a waste of your time and money. It will not change the old man so i would just say piss on him.
YEAH... I like the way you think.JoeZ (11/17/2008)See, if you'd a just punched him, all this would be over.
I miss the playground mentality of you piss me off, I punch you. If you don't fall down and punch me harder, you win, arguement over. If you do fall down when I hit you, don't piss me off again.
Too bad there's way too many crazies out there now to just punch someone. You;ll get shot ... or sued.
Sounds like you handled the situation just like a role model dad should. You defused it and done it without violence. The upside if there is one, is your son got a first hand life lesson that he will benefit from as he takes on the world, just sad it had to be in the feild, but don't you think he is gonna have to deal with such people as an adult? I have the think the property is large enough that future hunts aren't in jepardy, and going after the guy is just gonna make it difficult on your buddy (property owner) for years to come. JoeZ is right on, the days of working out disputes and going our way afterward are in the past, and to do so in this day and age, is dangerous. I would have hated to read about your episode in the paper, instead of on the forum.Sir Reel (11/17/2008)While visitingmy friends hunting club this last weekend in Georgia, My 16 year old son shot two does. The neighboring property owner immediately confronted my son in the stand, located on my friends property, accusing him of shootinghis deer over an unmarked property line. He berated and cussed my son for nearly 45 minutes before he called me about the situation. I would guess he is around 55 years old and my son is only 16. He told my son that he could not leave to get his parents. My son said he was afraid that the guy was a mental case and was going to shoot him. About an hour after the incident I arrived to find the man furious that my son had shot deer which by his description of the property line could have only been a couple of feet over the line, if they did not run after he shot them. He kept threatening to call the DNR but would not call when I said that would be fine. Not wanting an armed confrontation I apologized over and over and asked what I could do to make the situation right. The situation was diffused about two hours after my son shot the deer when another hunting club member came and did the same as we had done for the previous hour and a half by apologizing profusely for our actions. After talking to my hunting buddy who happens to be an attorney, he wants to sue the fellow for false imprisonment, unlaw detention, kidnapping etc. He says we need to teach this man a lesson and he will handle the caseat his expenseif wewill allow him to pursue the matter. Should I forget about it and just move on, or should I let my friend pursue it?
This is absolutley true, from the way he was talking to your son (assault, a 3rd degree missdameanor) to holding a minor against his will ( 1st degree felony) both could put him in jail for a good bit of time.I don't agree with putting someone in jail for a missunderstanding, but if some random guy did that to my oldest son ( 21 yrs old ) I really think he would have shot the guy, or told him he would shoot him if he did'nt back off.It's not that my boy is violent but he at 16 would have probably been legitimatly scared enough to shoot. We have had a family member shot and killed while hunting turkey and no one was ever charged or even arrested.It was no accident either he was shot twice once in the side and once in the head at close range. There are alot of unstable peolple out there , however you end up dealing with this , the man needs to learn , for his own saftey, that he can NOT act that way.I applaud your level of maturity handleing the situation:clapXanadu (11/17/2008)The issues you described are criminal and you should call the cops. Put him in jail.
Sir Reel (11/17/2008)The question in the other thread is what led to my post. While not an expert it was my understanding from talking with my friend the attorney that our situation would have been totaly different if we had physically been onthe neighbor'sproperty and he had actually called the DNR or Sheriff...He could argue that he was making a citizens arrest.But after learning the things I've learned I would be very careful before I held anyone against their will. While I'm inclined to forget the matter it could legally be a very delicate situation both civil and criminal. I also am very sympathetic to the post that questioned how many other times has this person dealt with people poaching or trespassing on his property.