I'm a runner mostly and a hunter sometimes. The first hunter was a jackarse and gives all hunters a bad name.
From the limited details of the second confrontation, it seems that Pope's attitude of the first tempered his actions 3 years later. Pope is not a wildlife officer and he has no authority to demand anything just as the hunters have no authority to demand that Pope stay off the trails.
Depending on the game hunted, Pope has the trails to himself over 70 percent of the year. In the interest of not pissing off nut jobs with a firearm, the preservation of my own safety, and not interrupting the hunt of those hunters who are by and large solid people, I find another place to run during hunting season.
I don't like people messing with me when I run but based on the limited details of the second encounter Pope started that confrontation. He could have just committed the plate to memory, continued his run, and taken action through proper channels.