When is it okay to remove someones tree stand?

Discussion in 'General Hunting' started by 6.5x55swedish, Nov 7, 2006.

When is it okay to take somebody's stand

  1. Never

    14 vote(s)
  2. When it is where it doesn't belong

    2 vote(s)
  3. When the stand is placed illegally

    18 vote(s)
  4. Both 2 and 3

    69 vote(s)
  1. 6.5x55swedish

    6.5x55swedish 12 pointer

    May 27, 2005
    When is it all right to take a stand? I have taken stands off of property they where not supposed to be on. I also think that if you find a stand on public land with no name on it, and it is after the deadline for removal that it is an abandoned stand and it is okay to take them. I always remove screw in tree steps from public property as they are not legal and as a member of the public that is partly my tree that is getting destroyed!
  2. keith meador

    keith meador Got the Spotted Fever

    i dont know the law on this, but, if it were on private property, i would contact the CO and follow his direction....if on public land, i would contact the CO with the location of the stand/screw in steps, and have him remove the stand/screw in steps. unless you are a LEO, i would think removing someone elses property from public ground would not be legal, no matter how illegal the stand/screw in steps are.
  3. trader rob

    trader rob 8 pointer

    Apr 5, 2004
    ne ky..
    i wouldn't any more take someones stand, than i would take his auto if it were parked illegal.
  4. 120+

    120+ 12 pointer

    If it's on public land then I say it's never right to take a stand or steps.
    I have to cry foul on the "that is partly my tree" crap. Are you really worried about the tree or getting the steps? The damage is already done to the tree. If you want to take the steps out and lay them at the ground then that's another story but I bet that's not what you mean.

    EKY.MTN.HUNTER 12 pointer

    Jul 19, 2006
    Bell County, KY.
    6.5 Id more than likley bust your tail if I caught you messin with my stand or screw in steps. You need to find a new hobby buddy.
  6. finelydeerhunting

    finelydeerhunting 8 pointer

    Nov 7, 2006
    Finley, KY
    This is my take. If someone puts a stand on my property, I first take it town from the tree, and leave it there, so that they know that I know. If they leave the stand and don't take it out by the end of the season, then it is mine. Also, if they take it, and I find it elsewhere on the property, then I take it down and it is mine. I give everyone a strike, but after that, they are out.
  7. scrape

    scrape 8 pointer

    Jul 24, 2003
    Manchester, ky.
    If it was on my land or land that I was the only one with hunting permission I would take them down. I would okay it through the lanowner to see what he wanted done with the stands. When it come to public land, I would stay out of that fight. I have left my stuff on public lands before, not wanting to, but it made going in a little less dificult. If I ran up on someone elses stand on public property, I would just continue on hunting for another spot. If you take someones stand from a public track of land, then you stole it. What happens when that man walks up on you while you are doing this? If he doesn't ruff you up, then he can take legal action against you for the theft. It would be easier for someone to prove you were in the woods stealing, than it would for you to say it was illigally placed. Get a CO to do that, don't take the law into your own hands.
  8. 6.5x55swedish

    6.5x55swedish 12 pointer

    May 27, 2005
    The damage to that tree is already done, but the person may think twice about using those steps again in the future. Especially when they have to find a new way to get their stand out of the tree. Calling the CO is all well and good, but the areas I hunt you usually need a boat to get to and I can save the warden a trip by taking them while I am there. I haven't ever called the warden about a stand that is unmarked, but I do mark the few I do find on the GPS and check if they are still there after the end of the season. I haven't found one still in place, but if I did I would either call the CO or remove it. And no I don't pack the steps out as I don't use them and I already have enough weight in my pack. I try and find a spot to stash them that is out of sight or they may slip into a nearby body of water. I would not call it a hobby as much as just feeling it is a shame that people can't follow the rules.
  9. duffiel3

    duffiel3 6 pointer

    May 17, 2006
    Morehead, KY
    Finelydeerhunting, I agree with your comment.

    Also, I'd say don't mess with anybody's junk on public land. Who knows, I might have gotten sick or something on the days i was planning on getting it out of there. I'd go with the "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" policy.
  10. kentucky_redneck

    kentucky_redneck 6 pointer

    Jun 16, 2005
    So what you saying is , that you would rather save a tree but let the steps fall in the lake and kill fish and polute our water from the rust.
  11. george poe

    george poe 6 pointer

    Oct 10, 2006
    cleveland tennessee
    this happened a few years ago.while hunting lease land that was well posted my friend found a stand that had been placed near where he was hunting.he informed the land owner who in turn went and took the stand down and left a note in its place"if you want your stand back come see ------ ph#" the guy showed up to claim his stand and the land owner informed him the land was leased,legally posted and next time he would be turned in for tresspassing.
    i for one think stands on public land whether legal or not should be left for someone with a badge.jmho....
  12. watermelon3308

    watermelon3308 8 pointer

    Nov 21, 2005
    if someone catchs you taking something that belongs to them off of public land.i would say that could turn into an ugly situation real quick.as far as the tree being partly yours because it is on public land and they are distroying it.(come on) thats like saying im gonna start blasting away at all the city chickens because they are shating all over the public st and it is partly mine.like someone said.call a co if you are so concerned about someone putting a few little holes in a tree.and if the wrong person catchs you taking their stand that they have left up for some reason or another.alls i can say is (good luck to ya)
  13. backyardbeagler

    backyardbeagler 6 pointer

    Oct 10, 2004
    london ky
    I don't know about everyone else but I can't stand a damn thief and if you take something that doesn't belong to you thats what you are. I don't think its legal to try to act like a cop or game warden if you are not one. If YOU own the land and find a stand then do like has been said and take it down or leave a note for it to be removed, if its not then call someone of authority and ask what to do.
  14. raktrakr

    raktrakr Cyber-Hunter

    Jan 20, 2002
    central ky
    It would suck pretty bad to be removing someone elses screw-in steps when the CO walked up
  15. 6.5x55swedish

    6.5x55swedish 12 pointer

    May 27, 2005
    will do less damage than the millions of tons of lead we have put in the lakes as fishing weights over the years!

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