Had something similar happen south of Hays a few years ago. Was getting ready to walk a quarter section of WIHA when a couple of trucks from Crawford County pulled up. They asked to join and I said sure, and I wound up killing a couple of quail that their dogs flushed but flew towards me. But I worry about being out there with Alabama plates--have heard stories of hunters with out-of-state tags getting tires slashed at the boat ramp. Just doesn't create a very welcoming vibe. Hunting used to be about camaraderie. Now it seems more about competition, especially for hunting spots and access. Maybe one of the reasons the old folks are hanging it up and the younger ones aren't even starting. I sure don't get upset when I see Kansas tags headed down to Gulf Shores in the summer--but maybe that's because there's still plenty of beach and we need the tourist money.Kind of depends. There used to be a half section of good CRP that we tried to hunt opening morning. There was always one truck with 2 guys and 2 dogs there very early. I think they slept there. They camped out on the east side and would walk a mile through to the south and then a mile back, right over the same ground. Our group would often take a pass down the east side. There was plenty of space in between and no harsh words. No words at all really. The problem was when other groups would try to fill in the space or walk a different direction.
Just yesterday we (3 of us) rolled up on a WIHA as a guy and his son were getting ready to hunt it. They were from Missouri. I stopped to chat, but really didn't have any intention of hunting it. They were already there. Anyway, he invited us to hunt the other end, saying there was no way he and his son would hunt the whole field. I thanked him. We took a closer look at the south end of the field, decided the cover was too thin and moved on.