Actually the situation with the Poacher/Moonshiner was not my most potentially dangerous run in with a back woods whacko this year.
A few weeks after that I found a sweet deal on some snow fence... Had to drive 2 hours from home to get it...
Guy lived down a po dunk dirt road 9 miles from the nearest small town.
When I got there he had a tubular cage gate that was easy to open the first one and drive the truck in... The second one was locked and he was up in a "Deer Stand" across a field watching me through a scope... A bobcat blocked the way to the forest, where his place was a half mile back.
It wasn't until I was following him down the road with the bobcat that it occurred to me that I hadn't give my wife the exact directions and address of where I was going.
Guy could have pulled a gun on me and man raped me in his back woods compound and no one would have known where to look for me.
At least the guy who fired the warning shots, my buddy's all knew where I was and expected me back in an hour or so or they would have gone looking for me.
I guess you could say I need to work on my own personal safety protocols!