Tree stands left on public
I've pulled illegal stands and screw ins out of trees more than a few times. However, I leave them at the base of the tree with a note. Basically, I tell them how I did the work of pulling it for them and all they need to do is carry it out. I also note that if they refuse to follow the rules that I will be informing the warden. Probably saved a few lives pulling some of those screw in steps out of the trees.
Swampy is probably right. Let the wardens take care of it.
Still, it's unfortunate that so many POS leave stands on public ground illegally, trying to make public ground theirs. I used to keep a distance out of respect but not anymore. These dicks are not sportsmen. Sportsmen follow the rules set down by the DNR.
Another reason to not leave stands out year round (public or private)is porkies and squirrels chewing on the straps. Had a friend that fell out of a stand while climbing into his stand because of a chewed strap. Messed him up pretty good.
I use to work with a guy that would steal stands and justify it by saying, they are illegal and it was his duty to remove them. He would actually brag about how many stands he acquired.
I told the POS he should report it and let the proper authorities deal with it and that stealing is stealing no matter how you attempt to justify it.
By all means, report it to the proper authorities and let them do their job.If you steal them, and taking them without permission is stealing, you are no better then they are.
That's awesome. I guess I should have explained myself a little better because our group also have stands 100yds off the road that are producing stands, we see lots of deer out of and have tagged many deer out of. These spots all came with plenty of scouting. In fact the stand that we saw the most deer out of this year was a stand next to a County highway. I was more or less talking about the guy that comes up one weekend takes a stroll in the woods puts corn down and puts his stand up and waits for the deer to come to him rather than trying to figure them out. I used to hunt a piece of private land in Door County that our best stand was 75yds off of the county highway it seemed like the deer ran parallel with the higway on that piece of property I saw some really nice deer from that stand and unfortunately I missed the biggest buck I have ever seen on stand from that spot.
I know two people that hunt the area I do that killed a 156" buck and 160" buck within 100 yards of the road this year off public land. Both deer were shot within a 1/2 mile of each other. The guy that shot the 156" deer was telling me he had to wait for a car to drive past so he could draw since it was dead calm that night.
In some areas hunting by the roads is actually better because there are a lot of people that think they need to get in deep and end up pushing the deer out to the roads. You just have to spend time and get to know the area you hunt.
3. Portable stands are allowed on National Forest lands and must be capable of being removed OR taken down each night after the hunt. Permanent stands, anything nailed, bolted, or otherwise attached in such a way as to do damage are prohibited. Screw-in steps are not allowed. Stands used by hunters can be left in the woods until the last day of the season. After the end of December, any stands left on National Forest land will be considered abandoned and removed from the forest.
4. The excessive cutting (any tree over an inch in diameter) of shooting lanes is prohibited.