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Found a deer stand, need advice

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I realize that the person whose stand I found may not read this forum, but I am going to give it a shot.

I spent some time scouting this past week on the eastern portion of the Maurepas Swamp WMA and on one of the canals, by a pond, on the spoil bank there is a fairly newly constructed permanent deer stand. I have to say it's in a great location. Matter of fact, I want to hunt that spot, but I am leery of encroaching on other people's turf.

The rub is that this is supposed to be public land and that deer stand is not supposed to be there. I just want to hunt the spot that I found (and obviously others have found before me)

Any advice?
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   BangFlop
Just hunt it. I'm sure whoever put it there will understand.
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Report it. I would not touch it or not hunt right next to it.
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I would call the Wildlife and give them GPS coordinates in Deg/Min/Sec format. Unfortunently, today's Agents are mostly city dwellers and have no woodsman skills, they should be able to work a GPS, a boat, and a crow bar. The crow bar, maybe.
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   Jefroka
Find you another spot, if you want to be an idiot, report the stand location to a game officer and the guy who illegally claimed the spot loses out as well.

If the guy loses his stand and catches you hunting that spot he may accuse you of taking his stand and then a small war may ensue.

If you really, really love the spot try and befriend the guy who put up the stand and maybe, just maybe, he wouldn't mind you sharing the site, either way, it may be removed by an officer at some point anyway.

Good luck!

...Jefroka
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   cullin
Find out where the deer are coming in at and cut him off.
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   hipboot
State property is just that STATE PROPERTY, there are rules and regs to follow, which are mostly never enforced. It is against the law to build a permanent stand on state property. If the law is enforced, whom ever is in the stand is ticketed, no matter if that hunter built it or not. For the Idiots out there, thats why they make climbers. There are clubs that put permanent stands on state property and charge people to hunt them. Where ever you decide to hunt follow the rules, this is a SPORT, not a competition! We do not do this to feed our families. if that were the case I could stock my freezer with T-bones and Porter House steaks for the amount of money we spend.
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   mike d
I am concerned about two things. One, being ticketed. Really not that big of a deal, but enough to think twice about. Two, getting in to it with whomever has claimed this spot as their spot. All the camps that were supposed to be removed and/or burned are still there and look like they are actively being used. My understanding is that people are not respecting the rules of the WMA and the fact that it is state land.

It sucks for everyone. The folks who have been leasing the property for years are upset. Then there are guys like me who are looking for a place close to home to hunt who really don't want to walk into the middle of this BS. The fact that I found a good spot to hunt and a tree stand in the second place I looked means that this is one of many. So its more than just finding another spot, because the next spot good spot is pretty likely to have a stand there or someone who is still claiming it because of all of the hurt feelings.

I guess the question is, what is the DWLF going to do? How are they going to make this place safe and available to the public if they don't remove the camps and end the territorialism?

Before anyone goes and bashes me and says how your family has hunted on this land for years and etc... I empathize with your position, but unless I am mistaken the fight is over. Now its time for the public to be able to safely use this property.
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This is the problem with allowing stands to be left overnight. Stands should be carried in and out daily, to avoid conflicts over a spot. Whoever is first there gets it.

On the other hand, in my experience, you almost never run into the other hunter. I found stands and ground blinds in most of my good spots in Lac Ophelia NWR. I hunted my climber nearby on many occaisions, and never saw anyone. However, they stunk up the spots so I wound up going elsewhere.
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   BangFlop
I wouldn't bother LDWF with it. Beginning tomorrow they'll be too busy patrolling the interstate for untagged deer to worry about working up a sweat removing improper stands.
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   Jefroka
Mike, call this number 225-765-2360 and report the stand so a specialist(this is what enforcement calls them) can remove the stand. This is the phone number I was told to call when I contacted enforcement concerning your problem.

...Jefroka
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   sowtrout1
Mike d, you are spot on point with your comments. My suggestion is for you to tear it down, then add a pound of moth balls to the spot to get the deer off course.
What you have found is a fellow hunter that puts you in an unfavorable predicament where YOU have to decide his fate. I say to heck with him, tear it down and carry out the materials to a water hole and chunk em. Moth ball the spot & mark it off your list of good spots for a while. If enough people act in this form someday the locals that refuse to obey the law MAY get a hint.
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I live in Laplace and used to hunt there until I also hunted someone elses so called spot, since this is public land. That was until someone pulled the plug from my boat and almost sank it. I would forget that spot, its just not worth the trouble. I dont even hunt there any more.
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You should hunt it anyway. Public means PUBLIC!! But you should also be willing to accept a ticket that may come along with it. As for the camps being there, The only ones left are ones that are standing on private campsites, meaning the 75'X75' area where the camp is, is privately owned. Good Luck!!
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The only question that I have about the spot that you found is how close to a road or canal bank is it. The Maurepas Swamp WMA comsist of 67,712 acres of land I would think that you cuold find another spot. I'm sure there are deer in other spots. Most people that hunt that area don't venture more than 200 yards from the highway.
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   hipboot
This has been an ongoing problem in the Ramah/Maringoin area. When it was reported to LDWF they said to hang the state regulations on them and maybe the builder would move them. The jerks tore the regulations off and hunted it anyway. But now.....I really like this MOTH BALL idea, I will definately report the results. Hunting certianly can be a challenge.
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   BangFlop
Never heard of the mothball repellent for deer. I have heard of human hair and soap shavings having the same effect though. Or you could always just take a dump in it. That'd be more of a human repellent.
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If it is on public land... hunt it. Whoever left it is in the wrong. If he pops up on you in the stand tell him to F off. You CANNOT build a permenant stand on public land. That is not HIS spot
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   MEV
Some people refuse to accept the fact that the Maurepas Swamp WMA is a public area. The fact that he put up a permanent stand means he already broke a law and probably doesn't care. Unless you feel energetic or want to risk a confrontation, call it in to the DWLF and let them handle it. The spot is screwed anyway. Any old club camps on the WMA should also be removed or burned down. It's time for everyone to get over it and move on.
This morning on my way to work I saw three deer on Hwy 51 between Ruddock and Shell Bank Bayou. I almost hit one of them standing in the middle of the road as I passed. I imagine the high water killed most of the food sources in the swamp and they are looking for something to eat.
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Game Warden will burn it if found.

Also, the spoil bank is the WORST place to hunt in Maurepas. You might get a doe or button buck, but that's it. Oh, and you'll have lots of company, LOL.
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I will never quite understand folks that take advantage of an area. How hard is it to figure out the land is free to hunt just follow a few simple rules. If I am not mistaken the rules apply to everyone. I hunt private land just for this very reason. I would take a few photos of the stand, call the governing body, and report this stupid activity.
Do not let this silly outlaw ruin your hunting opportunities. This idea of just letting outlaws rule the woods is completely out of the question. They are stealing access to "ALL" our property. I have had this same crap happen at Big Branch. Some redheaded fool swamped my son in a pirogue. Actually, he ran him right over. He was in a go-devil boat. I caught up with him at the dock as his engine broke down, ,and attempted to explain how dangerous his type of behavior was to all sportsmen. He was hollering that it was all of my kind of people that had runined HIS hunting area. We were fixing to leave when he threw a beer bottle and hit my dog. I busted his arse for him and good. I also called the authorities and waitied till they showed up at the launch. I never went back.
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now portable stands are allowed but need to be left in a non-hunting position for my pole stand I just have to remove the seat

Construction of and/or hunting from permanent tree stands or permanent blinds on WMAs is prohibited. Any permanent stand or permanent blind will be removed and destroyed. A permanent blind is any blind using non-natural materials or having a frame which is not dismantled within two hours after the end of legal shooting time each day. Blinds with frames of wood, plastic, metal poles, wire, mesh, webbing or other materials may be used but must be removed from the WMA within two hours after the end of legal shooting time each day. Blinds made solely of natural vegetation and not held together by nails or other metallic fasteners may be left in place but cannot be used to reserve hunting locations. All decoys must be removed from the WMA daily. Permanent tree stands are any stands that use nails, screws, spikes, etc. to attach to trees and are strictly prohibited. Portable deer stands (those that are designed to be routinely carried by one person) may not be left on WMAs unless the stands are removed from trees and left in a non-hunting position (a non-hunting position is one in which a hunter could not hunt from the stand in its present position). Also, all stands left must be legibly tagged with the user's name, address, phone numberand Big Game Hunting License number (or Lifetime License number). No stand may be left on any WMA prior to the day before deer season opens on that WMA and all stands must be removed from the WMA within one day after the close of deer hunting on that WMA. Free standing blinds must be disassembled when not in use. Stands left will not reserve hunting sites for the owner or user. All portable stands, blinds, tripods, etc. found unattended in a hunting position or untagged will be confiscated and disposed of by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. LDWF not be responsible for unattended stands left on area.

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   v__NOLA
Report it then tear it up
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   Century19
Maybe the stand has been there a couple of years. How new is fairly new? If built properly, it could look new and still be a few years old. Maybe the guy built it 2 years ago or even last year. This may be a mute point after all. Put a note on it and see if the guy calls you back. Could be much to do about nothing.
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