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Got to my spot today on public ground only to find a climber tree stand locked to a tree within 40 yards of my hang on.the guy also baited it with about 50 lbs of corn.I know it's not my land it's everyone's but I personally would have kept looking around until I was at least 1 or 200 yards from the nearest guy.what would you do?

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 I don't hunt public land but I think 40 yards is uncalled for. However; as you said you don't own the spot so why should it be of limits 24/7 while you maybe there only one time per week or so?

Keep hunting the stand  if you get to your stand before he gets there.

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Personally u don't know his habits. I would move my stuff to a new spot 200 yrds

 

Good idea why look for confrontation it's a big woods use him to your advantage when your resetting yours.   

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I used to hunt public land and that stuff happened to me occasionally. I always assumed the hunter just didn’t see my ladder stand. I left a note letting them we were close. Most guys were cool and moved (climbers) the next time but some guys were difficult. As HH said, public land....first come...

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Sometimes you just don't see the lock on or ladder stands based on foliage and he may just have missed it. We all try to keep our stand and blinds as concealed and unintrusive as possible. Leave a note on his climber and be polite about it. Possibly leave a contact #. Don't always assume the worst.

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 I've seen 2 climbers (knew) not even locked 50 yds apart w/a feeder and one was 10' feet from my tree hook which had a water bottle hanging from it. Since I use a climber I just moved on . I hunted every other day usually and never seen anyone in the stands. Come gun season no tracks, but I did take 2 does which dropped 20 yds in front of the stands, next time there feeder and stands gone.

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The state woods spot where I got my 12 pointer this year had a guy set a ladder up 70 yards from my spot.  I ran into him earlier in the year and told him good luck and told him I will still be hunting it. He first had a pile further from my spot but than week before he put a pile on either side. The one was 40 yards.

The joys of state land hunting, good luck!!

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Personally if I wasn't there first I try to stay away, problem is as mentioned before lot of guys will hang a stand and then just leave it. Tough to tell what is an active stand. 

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the guy put this stand up sunday, in my opinion just total lack of respect for another hunter. I would never put a stand up near another guy like that

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My biggest concern would be the type of hunter the guy is. He may not have seen your stand, in which case it was just an accident.  He may be a total a-hole and put it there on purpose.  

 

I'd also be worried about his scent/noise control. He may be a ninja or he may be the type of guy who stinks like crazy, tries out 100 new products and makes a racket every second he is in the woods.  If that is the case, he will blow that spot up and make it worthless.  

 

You could leave a note on the stand and see what kind of guy he is.  Personally, I'd probably move anyway.  I don't trust most other people's scent and noise control abilities

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the guy put this stand up sunday, in my opinion just total lack of respect for another hunter. I would never put a stand up near another guy like that

 

Leave him a note, maybe, and very likely he didn't even see your stand. "My stand is only 40 yards from where you set up, give me a call so we can work something out". If he is an a hole he will not call you or call you to tell you to get lost. If he didn't see it he may move or tell you days he will be hunting. Until you know what happened you are just speculating and driving yourself nuts.

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