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topdog1961

A few years ago I started occasionally hunting a nice private property about an hour from me. I noticed several stands that appeared abandoned, but still safe. After several trips up there using a climber, I started using some of the stands. One day another hunter came up, introduced himself, said that I was sitting in his stand, and asked to see my permission to hunt there. This could have been a explosive situation on both sides. He busted my hunt, and not being DNR, had no right to demand to see my permission. But we handled ourselves like rational adults.  I showed him my permission,  he showed me his, gave me his number, and said I could use his stands but to call first to make sure he didn’t plan too. I now count him as a hunting friend who amicably shares a good hunting spot. You don’t see that very often around here. I don’t think it would have turned out the same way if I took his stands, and I wouldn’t blame him for being upset. 

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Big Al

I don't allow tree stands on my property.  My lawyer said that if I did allow them that there was a lawsuit somewhere in my future.

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SelbyLowndes

I am certainly not advocating stealing deer stands, and since I don't climb anymore I have no use for one.  I don't hunt public property much, but I would not remove anything I found there without ranger approval. On permission property belonging to my host, I would follow his or her direction about apparently abandoned stands.  On my own property, I know who has my permission to be there, and if anyone without my permission leaves a stand on my property, I will see to it that it is removed.  If it is known who it may have belonged to I might make an effort to return it, otherwise I tell my lessees to do whatever they want with it... SelbyLowndes

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SelbyLowndes
5 minutes ago, Big Al said:

I don't allow tree stands on my property.  My lawyer said that if I did that there was a lawsuit somewhere in my future.

 

 

Mr. Al, your lawyer gave you good advice.  My risk management policy is to lease my land to a hunting club which is required to furnish "Hunting Club Insurance" naming me specifically as an additional insured.  That will cover defense costs in case of a lawsuit as well as loss/liability coverage.  Like I've said, I also do all I can to keep unsafe deer stands out of my woods.  A landowner has to either do or fail to do something to be liable for someone's injury...SelbyLowndes 

 

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Big Al
8 minutes ago, SelbyLowndes said:

 

 

Mr. Al,  

 

 

It's funny you should call me Mr. Al.  A lot of my southern acquaintances, I live in Florida, call me that.  I grew up in Michigan and never heard that.  One of those local things you were talking about earlier.

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SelbyLowndes
Posted (edited)

Unabashedly Southern, I'm afraid.  Can't help it...SelbyLowndes

 

By the way, I suppose you know it, but the Mr. prefix to one's given name is meant as a term of respect in the South.

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MAArcher

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MAArcher

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MAArcher

Those are a couple sweet ones on public land that just got put into conservation with no hunting.  Stands were old when I found them 18 years ago.

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garyRI
On 5/12/2019 at 12:01 PM, SelbyLowndes said:

Boston Scrod is just a fancy name for fresh fish.

it is a small cod fish.

 

To get rid of a tenant who was stiffing me on the rent I had to go to housing court and had a counstable lined up to move out all the furniture and put it in storage. Fortunately the threat of eviction/moving out furniture caused them to leave (and of course leave garbage all over the place).

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