From left, Bella Kinsbourne sits atop Peaches. Maddie Kinsbourne, second from left, is riding Moon, as instructor Dana Caldwell helps Hannah Brady settle with Dakota, right.

DERRY — With deer season right around the corner, hunters soon will be out in full force, along with horse riders and enthusiasts.

Heather Evans, an instructor at Follow Your Dreams Farm in Derry, had a surprising, but pleasant encounter with a local hunter.

Evans has heard the occasional horror story about hunters who have caused problems for horse riders in the past.

“Some former neighbors in Amesbury have had hunters shoot toward them,” she said.

However, a hunter she encountered earlier this month was anything but confrontational.

Evans said she was out with a few other instructors, giving lessons in Ballard State Forest in Derry in earlier October.

Evans only regrets one thing about her conversation with the unidentified hunter — she forgot to get his name.

She said the hunter was very thoughtful and courteous. The mystery hunter was not upset horses were scaring away game, but told his friends to stop hunting as well, so the horses would not get scared.

Evans has urged the sportsman to contact her, so she will be able to properly thank him.

While Gail Harrington of Black Magic Farm has not had negative experiences at the Derry location, some hunters in South Hampton have not been so welcoming, she said.

“This time of year, you have to really careful when riding in public places,” she said.

Harrington advises anyone out riding in public areas to make themselves very noticeable when out on the trails.

From a hunter’s perspective, these types of confrontations are easily avoidable and rare, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game education coordinator Joshua Mackay.

Mackay said hunters are advised to steer clear of any hiking or horse riding trails, and should always know what they are shooting at.

Evans said the polite encounter has “renewed her faith” in hunters.

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