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.
I admit I used to put my stand in a tree the day before the season when I hunted on public land. I can also guarantee there wasn’t a hunter within 1/4 mile of me as I was smack dab in the center of an 8 square mile block of unbroken forest. The closest access was 2.5 miles and it took me an hour to walk in with my hunting clothes packed on my back. We paid the price when my brother and I had to drag out 3 bucks on opening day. My 72 year old father made 4 trips back and forth shuttling our rifles and clothes while my brother and I alternated dragging two bucks at a time and then the third buck. We would drag the pair ahead 200 yards and then walk back to the single and pull that one 200 past the pair and so on. After 6 hours of continuous dragging it was getting dark so I drove the truck through the woods around trees so we wouldn’t die. So were we lazy for putting our stands in the day before?
Ok I find it funny when people are so proud of themself for carrying their climbers in a mile. But then cut branched all the way up. That's illegal too but see it all the time. Same with cutting shooting lanes. At least with sticks and a stand you have more options and aren't so likely to do so. I hate when I see that. Totally agree with the disabled or age related stand tag post. Much safer than putting a stand up and down 10 times a week. And again leaving a stand doesn't have to mean your "claiming" an area. Neck put two in one tree for the guest who walks by. At least won't be spooking deer getting up. In case the question comes up I also use climbers just not always best option. Nice chat everyone. Oh and the lazy comments are are funny too, come and see if you can keep up. Not doing things the hard way doesn't mean someone is lazy. There could be reasons you are not aware of.
For crowded parts of the state where it's illegal to leave stands overnight on public land...I would have no arguments against a "stand tag" for handicapped and senior citizens. ONE tag.
And if the warden ever shows up and someone is in the stand that isn't the tag holder,the fine would be high enough to discourage a second violation.
I equate this issue to camping out all night to see that hot new movie release, then you 10 minutes before the theater opens another line forms and people are cutting ahead of those who did the work to stay in line all night. Cheating with a deer stand is the same sort of thing. It is wrong.
couple years ago found a spot on bago in middle of nowhere no one within 1/2 mile. i caught fish there most of season. one weekend i get there and there is a city with 4 ft 2x 4 for a marker about 30 ft. from my gps spot. i fished 1/4 mile away that day and did pretty good . fish are all over. at end of day every one was gone i moved 2x4 about 200 yards away . the next weekend nobody around the area and fish were back again.
X3 on the ice fishing. Doesn't even have to be on the ice. People think they own spots on shore too. It's applies all over.
HOWEVER, I don't take kindly to people that make ice fishing a monkey see monkey do situation. If someone is in a spot, way off in the distance and the whole lake is weeds, cane, deep water etc....walking up to someone and sitting down next to them is douche-baggery. Find your own spot to fish, don't fish up on people. It goes the same as public hunting, if someone is hunting there, go else where. No one owes the lake or public woods, but common sense should be used. No one owns public, however, if you see a stand, hunting that area is your right too. It just makes more sense that you move on to option #2. If hunting public and you don't have 10 spots to hunt, you didn't do your homework. If you don't do your homework, you'll only hurt yourself.
Now if your fishing and you don't have a person around. Come back the next day early and people are in your holes ....that's douche-baggery but there is nothing you can do. People watch with bino's and like to benefit from others efforts. It's going to happen to you at some point if if hasn't already. The joy's of the outdoors and the morals of human kind...the spectrum will baffle you.