I have run into situations like this many times on public land here in PA. Nothing burns me up more than walking into a spot that you spent all year scouting, only to find someone else moved right on in. I have dealt with people sitting in my stand, which I absolutely hate. I know its public land and some people think they have every right to sit there, and I guess they do, but I believe in some sort of etiquette.. I would never even dream of setting up in someone elses stand. I would much rather the guy set up in a tree right next to me than sit in my stand.. Either way its a losing situation. The flip side is, I'm sure I have unknowingly encroached on someone else’s spot.. So no matter how much it stinks, when someone else does it to me, I end up pulling my stand and moving on. In your case with the climber, messed up tree bark would probably be something not too many people are looking for when setting up a stand. I would just recommend moving elsewhere.. There are always better spots out there. I like to think my spots are untouched, except by me, so that makes it easier for me to scout more to find those spots. Your situation is something that makes my spine tingle, but there really is nothing you can do about it... It’s easier to move on that way you can enjoy your time in the woods.
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