coulda just been a stupid local.
I had my share of experiences with them in Black River. They move from NYC to the suburbs, buy a house and try to blend in. They hike the WMA, let the dog off its leash and wonder why its running around when its scents a deer.
I saw one run a deer right past my stand one day. The guy came along a few minutes later, and looked scared sh**less when he realized I was in the stand. Then he gave me a dirty look, so I asked him if that was his black dog that just ran by. He said yes, and I told him that dog could be shot for running loose on a WMA. He wasn't very pleasant about it, but I told him to look it up or call a cop if he didn't believe me; in fact, I'd be happy to call a cop myself....
The only funny thing is that the guy told me the realtor never told him there was any hunting in the "state nature conservancy" (the realtor had ba**s to put that in an ad), so I figure he thinks he got cheated when he bought his McMansion.