...but there comes a point when you have to. I tried talking to my buddy about this, and he wouldn't listen. I proceeded to send him this email (see below). I just don't get ignorance....
Hey man - this is not a lecture, by any means - but I do hope you listen.
I sat on this for a couple days, and let myself calm down a bit. As a hunter, and your friend, I was extremely disappointed in the choices you made hunting on Saturday morning. When I got close to your tree stand, I had a hard time finding you, because you had no orange on. When people shoot at a deer, they are suppose to identify their background. Had someone shot at a deer from down below you, or up above you, they never would have seen you in a tree, including myself! Just look at the school bus accident that happened here in Randolph.
Then, you proceeded to lower your gun, loaded. Not only did it put yourself in danger, but it put me in danger too. Had the rope broken, the gun accidentally gone off, or ANYTHING else, that gun could have discharged, hitting you or me.
I value my life, and my friend's lives, and take every precaution necessary to ensure my own safety and theirs. I don't want to be another statistic, and either walk up and find you dead, or the chance of me being killed by someone else's poor decisions. I tried calmly talking to you about it below your tree, and you quickly dismissed me. This is why I walked away from your tree, and am now sending you an email.
I don't care what "god's plan is," as you mentioned to me earlier in the weekend, when I was trying to be safe and make sure nobody got hurt or shot, walking around your land. There's no room for ignorance and complacency with hunting. Just take a look around you, and read the news. Another hunter was killed last night in Stockton.
I enjoy hunting with you, but if you're going to continue making these decisions, then unfortunately I can't hunt with you anymore.