DairyLandDeerHunter wrote:Bukmastr wrote:I hate it when guys "claim" spots by leaving up permanant stands. Some of the spots I hunt are a mile out thru cattail marshs to get to a small island ajacent to a bedding area. The reason I get big bucks is cause I do the work. I already have to deal with running into chained up stands on public. Making it legal would just make the situation worse.
I disagree with you Bukmastr. Like you, I do my homework for deer season. My spots are deep into the thick cover, and I have a long trek back into public land as well. I do chain my ladder stand up as a precaution, and it really is first come first serve out there. If you do the work, scout and find a good spot, and are the first one there to setup, I think there's nothing wrong with setting a stand there. It lets others know that someone is hunting there so you're not bumping elbows in the morning heading out there. I guess I don't see the problem with it, and I enjoy knowing that I have a spot to go in the morning and don't have to worry about somebody else being in the spots that I have scouted for stand sites. Just my two cents.
A big part of the reason I believe I have shot a good number of decent bucks on public land is because I don't put to much pressure on my spots... I hunt almost every day of the bow season only taking a day or two off a week. However, I rarely ever hunt the same tree more than twice a season. I generally have a specific buck scouted out and wait till sign tells me he is useing a specific bedding area then slip in for the kill. The issue is, guys who chain up treestands and claim locations tend to over hunt them and ruin the area for mature bucks. Sometimes it takes several seasons after the guy leaves for the bucks to start bedding there again. At least when they have to haul there equipment back and forth like I do they seem more likely to move around more and not ruin spots.
Maybe a little of it is greed on my part. I would be ok if the State opens up leaving stands out, heck I am dealing with outlaws doing it now... The good part would be, at least I would know where not to waste my time.