Quit crying. If it was the DNR you deserved it, If it was someone trying to hunt leagally in that same area You deserved it. That simple. Stay within the law and things like this wouldn't happen.
Everyone is talking about opinions. The answer is, if in your area, it's illegal to leave stands out, it's illegal. If yours got stolen I don't feel bad for anyone. I don't agree with breaking one of the 10 commandments, but you were also stealing in a sense. Stealing others right to be there also.
Even if its the world's hardest to get place, if its illegal then you really should not be defending your actions.
If the law says a treestand can be left, your complaints to other hunters accomplish nothing. Well maybe some mutual hatred, but even then you are in the wrong. You just end up looking stupid and wrong. Imagine the confrontation and a warden showing up. You tell the warden, "I don't like that they can do this." That will go over well for you LOL.
I don't like everything I run into on public lands but it is what it is. Good hunters overcome it anyways, all part of it.
Holy moly did this thread ever blow up! I haven't been back to look since a couple days after the op, lots of good conversation. I'm just glad hunting season is over and we can all go back to hating the guy drilling holes 10 feet away from our tip-ups. I think I'll be up north for hunting next year, lower densities of blaze orange sounds great. Have a nice day gentlemen.
I hunt my uncles 107 acres and it was worthless this year. Tried out public a little this year and it wasn’t that bad. Had plenty of room on 59,000 acres. Only thing is I hunted off the ground and didn’t really care for it. Will definitely be packing in a climber next year. Variety is the spice of life.
Unfortunately you have people thinking they own the woods just because they hunted there before. Even when everyone is on the ground. Stands don't change that. Many folks are just possessive by nature. I have had a guy by clam lake walk up to me and ask me to leave the area because he had been hunting it for the past few years (I was there first). I Iaughed and mentioned I started hunting that area in 1977 just been gone for awhile. At any rate I told him have at it. Wasn't much happening anyway.
Respectfully, I disagree. A stand left on public, no matter where, can create an issue. Just because people are a little more sparse north of 64 doesn't change that, it just minimizes it.
Again, respectfully, I don't need a lesson on how to pattern and harvest deer. I was lucky enough to harvest 3 nice buck in the spot from my previous post (a tornado wrecked it a few years later) AND it didn't take me all day to get to my Dad if he were lucky enough to fill his tag. This area was good specifically because of the pressure - I knew the routes the deer used to escape pressure from other hunters.
At the end of the day, all most of us really want is to be able to enjoy our hunt. For me in the southern half of the state, that means being able to co-exist with others sportsmen and women because, thankfully, there are a lot of us. IMHO, eliminating "claims" people make to a spot by leaving a stand there is an important part of that.
Take care and enjoy whatever outdoors activities you have left this season.
To all of you “ethical and right doers”. I’ll provide exact GPS coordinates of the trees I used to sit and you can pack in your Lone Wolf stands into these spots. They won’t fit in the white pines though. Talk to me after that. PM me and I’ll provide anyone with those spots. I have moved north.