I live in North Idaho where hunting is a big deal..neither my husband or I hunt. It is gorgeous here, and very rural. People enjoy all matters of outside activity, in all four seasons, and I've never once run into any issues with gun owners not being responsible.
I have also never heard a news report of anyone getting shot in our local area, via irresponsible gun ownership or hunting accidents, etc.
I think it's a bit of an anti-gun stereotype, TBH, but we are all entitled to our own opinions, and I certainly don't know what your personal experience is!
My husband and sons frequent state land for exploration, and at one point to ride dirt bikes in authorized areas. They've been met with nothing but folks who have a great respect for our area, and all it's inhabitants, including the humans!
I can't imagine a place that is like you are describing. Odd. It sounds more like when we lived in Fresno, CA
We had regular Sheriff helicoptors flying over our backyard with search lights, once had a footchase through our backyard and over the fence, once had a brand new car stolen out of our driveway, AFTER the criminal entered our home to find the keys, and left it in the road when they discovered they couldn't drive a stick...
We heard gun shots occasionally there, and certainly didn't feel safe. I'd walk alone in the woods here..with a large caliber weapon, however, to protect me from the threat of animals. Or assailants that escaped up here from Fresno, LOL!