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Public Land Question

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Leverb66, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. Leverb66

    Leverb66 Well-Known Member

    While hunting in a state Wildlife Managment Area yesterday, I happened upon two tree stands. They were the metal/ladder type that lean against a tree with a small platform at the top. They were both also tied up to the trees. I was the only one in the WMA. Would you use the stand if you found them?

    When faced with questions like this I usually feel that is I'm wrestling with an answer than the answer is no...but I don't know maybe the state is providing them? If an individual leaves their stands in public hunt land, are they giving permission to anyone else to use it?
  2. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't but that is just me.
    I highly doubt it.
    I don't know but they shouldn't be surprised if they arrive to hunt and find someone already in their stand.
  3. Old Shooter

    Old Shooter Well-Known Member

    Is there a posted or keep off of me sign on it?

    If not I'd use it and if someone comes along and says "Why are you in my tree stand?" I'd get off and explain no sign etc. leave and be happy.

    Different states may have different rules so I'd check in your fish and game handbook to see what it says about tree stands.

    It would be embarassing to be in someone else's tree stand and be ticketed for an unauthorized tree stand! :(
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    It is quite common for people to leave tree stands in trees all season.

    But they must be stamped with the owners name & address, and you must be prepaired to lose one to theft occasionally. Chains & padlocks help but not if the thief has a bolt-cutter.

    Here in Kansas, a tree-stand on public hunting land is fair game for anyone to use if you aren't in it when the sun comes up.

    Georgia law, on the otherhand, seems to require them to be placed on public land the day prior to the hunt, and removed by noon the next day following the hunt.

    You need to pick up a copy of your states deer hunting regulations were you bought your licence and see what it says.

  5. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't use it.
  6. cottswald

    cottswald Well-Known Member

    Check with your state wildlife department. Here in Ohio, they respond within a day or so to e-mails. Unless I knew for sure that the state provided them (I kinda doubt it), I would leave em be.
  7. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    As an ethicak hunter, you know it could be from another hunter who left it there the day before. I would nt use it if it was me.
  8. Leverb66

    Leverb66 Well-Known Member

    In ND one can leave tree stands on public land, but must be removed at the end of the season. I didn't use the either of them but one of them could've been useful. If someone leaves the stand on public land though they have to expect that someone is going to use it, right?
  9. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    If someone parks their car in a public parking area they have to expect that someone is going to use it,right? ...just asking...
  10. FLAvalanche

    FLAvalanche Well-Known Member

    I'm going to assume you're from Florida because you called the hunting areas "WMA"s.

    It's legal in Florida to leave your treestand at a WMA as long as it isn't screwed to the tree. I wouldn't use it. It's obviously not yours and the state isn't putting them up. (If the state IS putting them up I want to know about it ASAP so I can fire off letters to every politician in Florida).

    If it's not yours don't mess with it. And if you ARE in Florida the chances of you getting shot for using it are probably pretty high.
  11. Leverb66

    Leverb66 Well-Known Member

    It seems you like to play devil's advocate, and I'm ok with that, but a deer stand sitting in the woods and a car in a parking lot are hardly the same. I didn't use the stands because if they were mine I wouldn't want others messing with them however I would take my own down....just like I lock my car and take the keys with me.
  12. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    Why? Neither one is your(speaking in general terms not you specifically) property.
    Same here. That would eliminate any confusion.
  13. Yarddog

    Yarddog Well-Known Member

    If it's a wooden ladder stand & tied to the tree with rope & looks like it's been there a few years, now that's alittle different. As stated by others I would'nt use it, But if I had
    my climber with me and the sign looked good I'd climb in the area ; )
  14. Yarddog

    Yarddog Well-Known Member

    There are WMA's in alot of state and they call them such ;)
  15. mptrimshop

    mptrimshop Well-Known Member

    if you see a nice chair that that has been sitting in a park for a few days and the owner is not going to be at the park that day...would you sit in if you were looking for a place to rest..............................i would.....and on the other hand...if i used a tree stand on public property..i would be in it and ready to hunt well before sun up...if not i would be ready to find someone else in it
  16. cowpoke

    cowpoke Well-Known Member

    Its not legal onall WMA in fl. Check the rules only a very few is it leagl to leave your stand.And no i would not sit in it.
  17. FLAvalanche

    FLAvalanche Well-Known Member

    I've never heard other states call them that. Learn something new every day. But that's why I put assume in there, just in case I was wrong.

    Most will let you leave them through the season. Few, if any, will let you leave them there all year. But you do bring up a very good point and that all WMAs do their thing differently and it's always good to have a copy of the regs for that particular WMA.

    But like I said, I wouldn't use the stand if it wasn't mine. Stand theft is rampant down here on the WMAs and there are way too many people that are tired of people stealing their stands and will more than likely take a shot at you.
  18. kanook

    kanook Well-Known Member

    I might not use it. but I would hunt from under or around it for sure and this is why; a couple of years ago on a WMA I had picked out some nice areas with promise only to find tree stands at them on opening day. They sat empty for the first 3 days. On the 4th day I walked into a fellow hunter and we started to talk. I mentioned all the stands to him, he told me that they were his. He said he put out 7 stands so that he could cover as much ground as he could.

    So I missed some good spots because I thought I was doing the right thing by leaving the area as soon as I spotted the stand.
  19. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Well-Known Member

    This is the correct answer. Here in Wisconsin, on any public land, trees stands must be removed at the end of the day(only exception is the Friday before the opening day of regular gun season). Stands vacated during the day must have the owners name and address clearly visible from the ground. If either of these criteria are not met, the stand is fair game.....not only to use, but to take. The reason most hunters leave their stands in the woods on public land is not because of convenience, but to "stake out" a piece of ground. They think that by leaving their stand they have a legitimate reason to tell other hunters that they were there first, this spot is taken and to go somewhere else. IMHO, Those that leave their stands on public land for this reason are just slob hunters. Kinda like the slobs that leave their rubber gloves on top of the gutpile when they get done instead of takin' 'em with them.....or the slobs that can't find their way on or out of the woods without leaving a Hansel and Gretel surveyor tape trail.........:mad:
  20. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    Illegal or not, it isn't "ethical" to leave erect a tree stand on "public" lands nor to leave a portable stand in place. (Nor is it ethical to steal one just because it's there!) But using one that's been left there is certainly not unethical; the dude has a right to his stand but not to using his stand as a book mark to reserve "his place" on public land. I've used such stands quite a few times and only once had a fellow claiming to be the the owner come in. I came down without argument, wished him good luck, told him to be careful because my buddy was near by and left quietly but without apology. The same issue on private land would be entirely different, posted or not.

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