Wow. You are a warrior.I can relate. “Obviously” you haven’t walked in my shoes. I am in fact very aware of the big world out there...I’ve lived all over before I came back home and settled in the middle of no where. Since you don’t know me or have any clue about my experiences before making assumptive statements...I will give you my short resume of run ins with actual bad people.
Had my shoes and about $50 robbed off me when I worked down on La Salle in Chicago. Lived upper west side on Manhattan while working in the financial district had many a sketchy encounter. None of them started out with “nice truck do you hunt?”...
Good enough qualifications for you?
Ok...so you missed my point. Be nice to people. Be an ambassador to the sport. Stop being scared of everyone and thinking everyone is out to get you...that’s a poor way to live a life.
PLUS...I’ve locked up some great hunting pieces in several states off conversations at cafes and gas stations! Most of the time I start out with “Nice truck...do you hunt?”
Happy Easter everyone!
FWIW, my comment wasn't meant to question your "cred.". Only make you realize that you weren't there and have no responsibility to question how the OP handled their approach. No matter what you've determined was proper or not. You simply assume your judgement is best for him. Then you claim of the same wariness the OP exhibited when you lived in those type areas. The OP himself talked of lightening up as he got to understanding their intent. Yet, you can't see that for your irritation in the OP's actions to lead the couple on and have some fun himself.
Life is short. The way he handled it is not the way I'd chosen. But, I'm not going to loose sleep over it and realize this interaction won't change life for the young man or, his hot girlfriend.