What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

Gary Lewis Jr.- My Next Door Neighbor

In my hometown of Coatesville Pennsylvania there is a long standing tradition of outdoor recreation. Hunting usually brings the community together, but not always. My property borders a county park and the woods behind my house are extensive. Every year we climb into the tress and hope to get lucky with a passing whitetail deer. We hunt ethically and legally. This includes respecting harvest limits as well as property and trespassing laws. One of my neighbors, however, does not follow the same code.
Years back my mother was startled by the sound of a loud WHACK coming from the woods behind my house. Hours later flashlights were seen moving throughout the woods. When the lights neared the road my father confronted the intruders. My Dad was shocked to find my next door neighbor, dragging a buck he had shot with a bow and arrow. My father was angered beyond belief but did not call the authorities. I can only assume he thought the poaching violation would not manifest into a recurring theme. Unfortunately, my father was wrong. The following year my brazen neighbor once again trespassed onto our property, and illegally shot a whitetail buck. A war of words ensued and I commend my father for not turning the altercation into physical combat. Craig, my neighbor, swore he wasn’t on our property when he shot the deer. My Dad suggested Craig walk into the woods with him to point out where the deer was shot. With a beat red face Craig responded “No way, you’re just going to beat me up.” Luckily for his sake my Dad has self control. This time, similar to the previous altercation, the authorities were not notified. However, I think Craig got the message this time because he hasn’t been back since.


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