Re: someone using your treestand
First there is a difference between PRIVATE and PUBLIC property. The question asked about PUBLIC LAND.
a) Check the states law regarding the hanging/leaving of stands! Some states require the removal of stands after the hunt is over, or at the end of the hunting season.
b)-Public land is just that PUBLIC LAND. First come first serve. You can't just hang a stand and "lay sole claim" to that area! Sorry, I pay my taxes also! If you are too lazy to tote your stand in and out, then just expect that someone else may use it! or at least set up beside it, and he has every right to do so.
a)- It is private, either you own it or lease it! Either way it's yours for the hunting, you pay for the right to be there. To hang stands, build stands, leave climbing stands or basically to do as you wish or as your lease allows! The trespasser does not have any rights to be there and in FACT by being there, he is a THIEF!! plain and simple a crook, and should be dealt with accordingly!!
I have been on both sides and in fact still am. I lease 1200 acres and still hunt Public Land in South Carolina. I rarely have trouble on Public Land, but have had major trouble in the past. To the point of sitting on a stand and having a nut come up and sit down within ten feet of me. He was in front and to the right of me, by about 3 feet, both of us on the ground. After a heated "conversation" I continued to sit there praying a deer would come out so I could fire off my 7mag, just waiting to see what the concussion would do to his ears, but no luck. Now, being in charge of 1200 acres it is a battle dealing with trespassers, I have had several charged by SCDNR and then ran some off, who "abandoned" their climbing stands during the pursuit. Which just adds to my climbing stand inventory. So I do understand both sides here.
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