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Stealing deer stands on public ground
Posted: 06 October 2013 11:22 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Pretty pathetic these days.  A friend of mine and I bought a low end ladder stand and humped it way back into the timber at Mackinaw Fish and Wildlife Area.  We had it out right after they say you can put them out.  Some lowlife goes out and steals the stand and humps it out of the woods.  Pretty crappy to be stealing from others who are already hunting public ground.

Have some common sense and leave other people’s stuff alone on public ground!

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Posted: 07 October 2013 08:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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My best advice is to use climbing stands on public land. Its difficult to steal them when the stand is attached to your back or you re sitting in it. I learned the stolen stand lesson a long time ago. I got tired of buying stands for other hunters. Thieves are thieves.

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Posted: 07 October 2013 11:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Yeah its just pathetic that someone is going out onto public ground to steal stands.  They would have had to take it down and carry it out a long ways to get to a truck.

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Posted: 07 October 2013 02:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I once had a ladder stand that I thought was stolen from public property.  I reported it to the site superintendent and it turned out that THEY were the ones that removed it because permanent stands were not allowed (I was unaware of that at the time). They kept it at the office and, after a brief lecture, they let me have it back. Now I only hunt with portable stands for a number of reasons (that experience being one of them). I’m not saying that permanent stands aren’t allowed at your site, but checking in with the site superintendent and at least notifying them of the issue could help. At least they will be aware…. Sorry you got ripped off though.

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Posted: 07 October 2013 08:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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This shows how times have changed for the worse. Back in the 80s u never heard of guys getting their gear taken.

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Posted: 07 October 2013 10:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I’ve had several stands stolen from me on public ground. Once it was a hang on and I had removed my climbing sticks so that no one would be able to go up and get it…wrong. Another time, we were walking out after dark and noticed a light coming from the no hunting area. This restricted area is actually a forest preserve. I probably should have been on my way and let it be, but I decided to approach the assumed hunter and let him know that he was not supposed to hunt in there. I was thinking maybe he just wasn’t familiar with the grounds and maybe I could save him some big time trouble. He was not happy to say the least that a 20 something year old kid was telling him where he could and could not hunt and made that very clear to me. Guy ends up calling the law ON ME saying that I was harassing him. I explained my side of the story to the officers and then inform them that the hunter had been attempting to poach off a forest preserve. Some time passses and I notice that the guy had moved to the legal side of the boundary. Only problem is he was on a creek line and I was hunting a visible spot on a large field not very far away but far enough. I harvest a buck one evening and he approaches me while field dressing it. Just asking some regular hunting questions and being very nice, saying how he had watched me stand up and shoot it. Then he was on his way. I return a couple days later to find my stand was gone. Possibly still mad at the altercation, possibly jealous of the buck, maybe both. I’m about 99% percent sure the guy went back and took it the next day. Sorry for the length of the story but it happens, the ugly side of hunting is very visible on public grounds. All said, I invested in several cable locks and every stand gets locked every time. I even lock my deer cart up when I’m not pushing it to and from my spots

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Posted: 07 October 2013 11:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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That’s just part of hunting public land.  Dewitt county is terrible!  I stopped hunting there due to losing stands every year.  And a deer cart right out of the back of my truck!

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Posted: 09 October 2013 07:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I have to agree that hunting public can be tough, I’ve hunted strictly with a climber on public and to be honest thats usually one of my first recomendations to anyone who is planning on trying a public spot.  Not just to deter theft but also for the easy ability to tweak my setup and get closer to the action while its happening.  If your not comfortable using a climber (easier than alot of hunters think, with a little practice.  And to be honest usually more comfortable for all day sits.) or just prefer permanent stands then sadly you almost have to lock it!

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Posted: 09 October 2013 10:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I’m going to buy another as cheap as I can get and fasten it with Masterlock Python cables between sections and to the tree.  They’d have to cut through hardened steel cable to separate it from the tree and to separate the ladder sections.  That would be a crap load of work for a stand you buy on sale for $49.

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Posted: 09 October 2013 10:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I would like to see every scum bag who gets caught stealing on public land get banned for life from our state parks.  Maybe they would think twice about stealing from fellow hunters.

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Posted: 14 October 2013 12:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I had climbing sticks stolen once, treestand was locked with a thick wire rope. hunteda pop up blind across the field from where the stand was a few nights later and some guy rode up on a harley, parked and walked out to the filed edge where the stand wzas carrying bolt cutters( obviously the guy who stoled the sticks) I walked to the parking lot first got the plate and called the park ranger, then walked out to the stand to find the guy trying to figure out how to get up the tree. It was a great feeling seeing him get caught.  After that I started packing the stand in and out but that gets to be a pain cause I hunt morning and evenings.  Solution has been the Muddy treestands, lightweight and easiy to install.  Now this year they came out with a supermount bracket, leave the bracket in the tree take the stand with…plus you dont have to have 3 hands anymore trying to get the satnd up.  Check out Muddy,great products for public land hunters.

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Posted: 22 October 2013 10:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Maybe I’ve been lucky, but I’ve been leaving 2 or 3 ladder stands out on public land for the last 5 years and have yet to have a problem.  Have also left a cart chained up out there.  I use these steel cables from Lowes: http://www.lowes.com/pd_73467-352-720018999263_0__?productId=3043533&Ntt=steel+cable&pl=1¤tURL;=?Ntt=steel+cable&facetInfo;=

Loop the cable back through itself around the lowest ladder section, then snake it up to the top securing each section along the way, then secure the other end to a tree using a masterlock cable lock, which also passes through the platform section of the stand.  I’m sure someone could get through it, but so far, it’s always been enough deterrence.  Got 2 out this year, and we are adding 3 more Thursday.

Were the stands that got stolen locked to a tree?

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Posted: 31 December 2013 10:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Funny story, well not so funny to me I guess. A few years back I had two lock on stands stolen from two different pieces of state ground. Both were locked with cable type locks, both were cut off. One of the stands stolen was the first stand I ever purchased. Very small plywood platform and a pitiful excuse for a seat. Pretty much a death trap. They didn’t get much but at the same time, it was mine. The second stand was a nice API baby grand, that I kinda liked. Believe it or not, they took my stand and hung an el-chepo metal contraption in it’s place. I guess they thought that made us even?

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Posted: 12 January 2014 03:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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For this very reason, every one of my stands on questionable ground be it a lock-on or a ladder stand has a hardened section of log chain and a high quality rust resistant lock on it. Stands are expensive i would hate to lose any of my high dollar stands to thieves.

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Posted: 24 March 2014 10:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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This is why i use a ghuilly suit when i hunt public sites

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Posted: 20 September 2014 01:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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I just moved up to Lake County, IL is there any good spots to hunt. Mostly preserve ground,,,frustrated.

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