Let me say up front: 1) I'm a hunter and a landowner 2) I've not coon hunted, but I've got nothing against the sport 3) I'm asking questions. I don't have an ax to grind. I just spent the last hour reviewing camera footing from my camp. I put up cameras last fall so I could watch the place when I wasn't there. Last night, there was about an hour's worth of footage with coon hunters coming and going. All told they made three trips to the house. On one trip, they climbed the gate and went back on the property. However, for the most part, they stayed right at the road. This is not the first time it's happened. I've gotten calls in the wee hours from neighbors. In one case, the sheriff was called out. In each and every situation it all amounted to nothing-- just a shrug and "It was coon hunters." Now if it was any other body of people doing any other sort of activity, that would be poaching and/or trespassing. If a guy shows up in a truck in the middle of the night with a shotgun, climbs my fence and wanders off onto property, he's doing something wrong. No permission asked. No permission granted-- that's poaching. Dog box in the back of the truck? Oh! No problem! Just coon hunters. My point in writing this thread is not to complain. I'm just trying to understand. I am relatively new to this. I've only been a landowner in the country for 19 years. I'm used to playing by city rules. When I've asked about it with my neighbors I get a shrug. Some folks accept it like you would a 3-day rain. Some folks are obviously irked about it. Few people I've seen seem to be happy with the situation. "Oh look! Here come the coonhunters! Hurray for the rural life!" -- NOT! I have to say that if I'd been sleeping down there last night, I'd not have appreciated 3 visits with guys shining flashlights in my bedroom windows for an hour. On the first visit, I'd have dressed and gone to the door and I'd have been armed. Coon hunters, until you see the dog box, look remarkably like housebreakers and gang rapists-- I'm just saying. I'm asking questions. I'm not trying to be judgemental, but if there's a Beginner's Guide to Dealing with Coon Hunters, I'd sure like to read it.