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Good day turned bad…then good again
Posted: 05 April 2012 08:26 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Let me start by saying any day off in the middle of the week is a great day. My day started by mowing the lawn which made the misses happy…i did let it slide a little (fishing was too good on the weekends recently) thats my excuse. Anyways, i mowed the lawn and called up my hunting buddy who i havent seen since shotgun season and asked him if he wanted to go mushroom/shed hunting out at the property. He is retired so he wasnt up to much and said see ya in an hour. Well catching up was great and the mushrooms were playing an excellent game of hide and seek. I only found 2 yellows. Towards the end of the hunt we walked past my tree that i shot my buck out of last November. Wouldn’t you know it, someone had stolen my tree stand. I dont hunt public ground, in fact i have 400 acres of private land that my family owns and i have it all to myself and my buddy who i was with hunts it periodically. He has been hunting it for 25 years and said in that time he’s never had a stand stolen. So after several choice words about my thoughts on trespassers and thieves we walked back to our trucks and parted ways. I get home and heat up some shrimp scampi left overs and about 15 min into lunch my other buddy from across the river calls and says “Big crappie are biting, better get over here” so i threw the poles and tackle bag in the bed of the truck and steamed towards germantown hills. He wasnt lying. We were catching monster slabs on jerk baits of all things. We only had an hour to fish and caught 7 13in slabs and one 9in bluegill. I cleaned them up at his house and we headed to Crusens for the season opener of the Cardinals with my cousin and 3 buddies. Got a pound of hot wings, picture of beer, and a medium pizza for 9 dollars..what a deal. The overall great day/night capped off with a Cardinals win which was the icing on the cake i needed to forget about the tree stand….for the time being.

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Posted: 05 April 2012 09:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Man i hate to hear of someones gear gettin stolen, Times have changed for the worst but at least you got out and caught some fish!!Id hang a trail cam in the area this year about 6ft up and try to catch the theif….He will be back….

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Posted: 05 April 2012 10:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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WTF i thought about that but with the price of trail cams i would hate to have that stolen too. if i put it 6ft up im sure they would find a way to get it if they ever saw it….im just going to have to start chaining and putting a padlock on all my stands. That alone creates a problem bc if i lose the key then its going to be a major hassle getting it down..and i am prone to lose things.

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Posted: 05 April 2012 12:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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84, I might have an older game cam tht takes 35mm film id donate too ya for the cause:)

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Posted: 05 April 2012 12:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Chains and padlocks won’t stop them. My brother had a stand stolen one year and they left the cut-off chain and padlock at the base of the tree.

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Posted: 05 April 2012 01:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Decoy trail cam time…You buy one of the new fancy cams that sends pictures to your phone when they are taken…Then you put a cheap one on a tree low so they will definatly see it…Hang the expensive one high aimed at the decoy…By the time they see the high one you will have pictues of them stealing the low one…

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Posted: 05 April 2012 01:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Ttar and feather the theif(s) if you catch them…  I have never had anything stolen in the woods - knock on wood….

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Posted: 05 April 2012 02:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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WTF that sounds generous except im not even sure where to buy 35mm film from haha. If thieves are getting so bold that they are cutting chains and the such then i guess my only (inexpensive) option is to just take them down after season is over. I would like to employ the trail cam decoy tactic but i feel like the picture of the person i got stealing wouldnt be worth the money they stole by stealing the decoy. chances are i wouldnt be able to recognize them anyways. Just an ugly side of hunting these days. As the cost of things goes up people get more and more desperate, although i dont think this was a desperate person, just a scum bag whose days are numbered.

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Posted: 05 April 2012 04:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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His days are numbered buddy, And its guys like the theif that make us all look bad…If anything gets my blood boiling its a so-called hunter stealing from another hunter,,I hope karma kicks him in the a** and he falls out of the stand:)

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Posted: 05 April 2012 04:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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As for 35MM film…It cost me $10 to get 24 exposures developed the other day!!!!

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Posted: 05 April 2012 06:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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wild game makes a nice trail cam I picked up a few last year for $40 a piece…they take good pictures during day or night only down fall is the flash

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Posted: 05 April 2012 10:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Ugh, I am so sorry to hear someone stole your stand… people just don’t seem to have respect for other peoples stuff these days…I use a climber as I only have public land to hunt so thankfully mine is packed in and out with me each time.  I am glad however the rest of your day seemed to turn around for you !

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Posted: 06 April 2012 06:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Man that sucks.  Although it’s better you found out about it now instead of on October 1.

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Posted: 06 April 2012 09:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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I dont get how some people can live with themselves knowing they steal other peoples property and do other rotten stuff… do you think they wake up every morning and say ” I am a disgusting, no good, dirt bag and i am ok with it” Definitely better to have found it now than Oct 1st…but i do check my stands about 3 times before start of season. usually right about now when i shed/mushroom hunt, once in the summer when i do some clearing and what not, and once right before season to make sure everything is perfect. I think i am going to buy some trail cams this year and see how it goes. I hear about everyone seeing bucks at night on their trail cams and never see them at all during the hunting hours…not sure i want to be tortured like that though…Neighboring property owner shot a 209 inch bruiser last year and i guess it woulda been cool to know if that buck was on my property as well…

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Posted: 07 April 2012 06:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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I went the padlock route and thought I had the stand pretty well theft proof.  Boy was I wrong I guess they couldn’t defeat the chain and lock so they took a chainsaw and cut the tree down then made another cut where the chain wrapped around tree and off they went.  I have trail cams up around my property and I was really surprised at all the atv and foot traffic that went through my property . I have my property posted and the gates stays locked unless I am there.  I totally understand why sometimes it is almost impossible to find a place to hunt with this kind of stuff going on..

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