That's a bummer John. We have lots of land to hunt on...but it's all public land. So, unless you've got weeks and weeks to spend traveling, scouting and hunting it's likely you'll end up competing with everyone else for a decent area closer to home. I can't count the number of times our hunts have been intruded on. ATV's & pick ups road hunting, barking dog walkers and my personal favorite is the target shooters or hunters who left it til opening weekend to sight in their rifles just a little after daylight...you know when the rest of us got up in the middle of the night and got into our spots BEFORE daylight??? Mutherchuckers!!
My last time out we were slowly, winding our way up the mountain well before daylight and were greeted by flashing lights and honking horns about 2km's from our spot. We were gonna park about 1 km from our spot and hike the rest of the way up.
Some fellas had set up camp for the weekend and someone had set off their bloody truck alarm at about 45 mins to 1hr to daylight. Needless to say we didn't see a bloody thing all morning. Found some fresh whitetail droppings and warm beds (no frost)...probably scared the heck and gone about 45 minutes or so before daylight. Fortunately, none of those guys had the nerve to follow us up the mountain and we didn't SEE anyone else until the afternoon but HEARD lots of repetitive shots further along the valley which just added to the frustration level.
Who needs bears when you've got a-holes like that!! LOL!
EDIT: I'd have welcomed a bear that morning...at least it's just a dumb animal with every excuse for intruding on our hunt...LOL!
EDIT 2: Whoops...sorry fellas...didn't mean to hijack or derail the conversation.