I'm not in the public land crunch game today. But in the past if someone was using a stand ,(active site/recent use) vs stand not being used mattered. I didn't want to hunt where someone else had been or was hunting recently. A stand some one is not using in an area I wanted to hunt , I hunted. Of course options were had should someone show up and insist they hunt their stand. There are some buttholes out there. And some great folks. Steering clear of each other should be natural. One public hunt I snuck in , sat on my tripod stool a while and noticed an orange blob on the ground about 30 yards away. Figured somebody lost or tossed a hat. About a half hour later the hat floated upward , on someones head! It was a guy who lived beyond the property who spent a lot of time out there. And was napping. We greeted each other as usual when we crossed paths. And politely argued about who should stay there. He was being overly nice maybe , as I was on crutches. I insisted he was there ahead of me and told him where I was going to go sit. Another public site a co worker had a stand taken. He found it in a tree a distance away , with someone hunting out of it.... He was nicer about it than I might have been. A stand never stopped me from hunting a site on the rare occasion it was where I figured the "X' to hunt was. Unless obviously an active/used stand. Don't recall being near one someone came out to use. So could tell well enough when to be near one I guess. Always hung my own where others were not hunting. One morning a guy ignored my whistle and built a ground blind about forty yards away. I guessed for upcoming firearm. Then he never used it..... A friend had a guy build a blind under his tree when he was in it ,after he asked the guy ,do you mind I'm trying to hunt here! Similar timing before firearm season. A day or two later friend arrowed a deer. Dragged it back to the site and into the blind to field dress it. Not saying that was nice. But chuckled about it at the time.