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Hunters Ethics

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So a buddy of mine has told me several times that if I plan on hunting on a Saturday morning, to go out to my spot Friday evening and set my climbing tree-stand on the tree I have scouted. That way it is much much easier to move to your spot without hauling a big climber on your back. He does this mostly in Thistlewaite area and sometime Shurburn. I myself would be weary about it due to someone without an honest bone to steel the climber...anyone else do this ? is this a common practice for people hunting public land? what you yall think the odds of a shady hunter coming along and stealing your climber ?
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Re: Hunters Ethics
It is against WMA rules to leave your climber on the tree. It can be left on the ground in the area. However, I find deer stands everywhere attached to the tree on WMA's.
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Re: Hunters Ethics
Back when I hunted the Homochitto Forest I would leave my climber in the woods from Oct 1 to Jan 31. I used a combination bike lock to chain it to the tree, just to keep people honest. It could have easily been cut though. I did that for about 5 seasons and never had one stolen. In MS WMAs it is legal to leave a climber in the woods attached to the tree as long as it is tagged with your info. In LA WMAs however, you cannot legally leave it attached to the tree, it has to be laying on the ground as Pwilkinson stated.
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