Your thoughts on trail markers

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Your thoughts on trail markers

Postby striker » Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:55 am

I was out last week with my nephew and we hiked a couple of miles back in the woods and planned on staying out until dark which meant we would be hiking back a long way in the dark. I put out some flagging tape in a few spots just to be on the safe side. On the way back I didn't see any of my markers but we got out with no problem. I go out the next day to find that the reason I didn't see them is that they were ripped off all the trees I had marked. I first thought maybe the guy who took them off thought of it the same as littering but that proved to be wrong because I found a few laying on the trail. I can't see that he was trying to hide a route into the woods because that particular route is already well used by quite a few hunters. Maybe he sees it as a lack of woodsmanship and he's trying to teach me a lesson I don't know. I'm only talking about a few markers over the course of over a mile so it wasn't like they were on every other tree. Mostly they were placed along a couple of streams to show the best spot to cross. What are your thoughts?

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RE: Your thoughts on trail markers

Postby mag30079 » Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:30 am

I used the ribbin for a few years and found the same results as you. People just rip them off the trees. This year I got some reflective tacks. They work very well, with a red lense flash light. Or any light for that matter. On opening day of gun season it was like following a run way. I looked for them after day light and had a hard time locating them. There only a buck or two for a pack.
Give them a try.

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RE: Your thoughts on trail markers

Postby DeerCamp » Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:31 am

Some people just do it to be pricks! I hate it but hey, there are people out there like that. Anyway I to use the tacks.. I put them on the bottom of the tree. Ive noticed that less people look at the bottom of a tree rather than the middle of a tree.
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RE: Your thoughts on trail markers

Postby trophyhunter1980 » Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:22 am

I use a ribbon to mark the place I enter the woods and then I use the tacks attached to my deer stand to locate it in the dark. I am however fortunate enough to hunt my own woods so I don't have people messing with stuff to much.




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RE: Your thoughts on trail markers

Postby fasteddie » Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:29 am

I have put the orange Engineer's tape up on private land in the past with no problem . Only used it once on state land and it had been removed . Nothing like a GPS now . The Woods Jerks can't mess with that !
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RE: Your thoughts on trail markers

Postby DeanoZ » Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:37 am

I use the refelctive tacks as well..they work great and as others said, they are hard to pick up by others if yu don't know to look for them...of course a GPS would be great as well

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RE: Your thoughts on trail markers

Postby JOEL » Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:27 pm

i take em down and put em in my pocket because they are an eyesore.I also pick up other peoples garbage,what a jerk i am
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RE: Your thoughts on trail markers

Postby striker » Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:27 pm

Thanks for the response I guess I'll go with the tacks. Yeah Joel your right.

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RE: Your thoughts on trail markers

Postby 270.tomcat » Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:40 pm

There's also limb lights, there reflective twist ties you put on a branch and when hit with a light from any dirrection will be seen!!! Happy hunting...
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RE: Your thoughts on trail markers

Postby dxthunter57 » Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:29 am

some people are morons
either they are anti hunters and dont want you to find your stand
maybe they dont want you to get a deer
people are jealous creatures


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