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Discussion in 'Michigan Whitetail Deer Hunting' started by Sam22, Aug 29, 2020.
I reckon that ain't too comfortable to hunt off from.
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Abandoned scrap metal on public land outside the allowed time? That's no different than trash. Clean it up.
I have hunted public land my whole life and found some crazy stuff. One of the best was a wooden ladder stand built out of 2x4s way way out in the woods. How the dude drug it all the way out there is beyond me. Looked like it hadn't been used in a couple years but there was an old pair of sunglasses on it and a decomposed stack of porno mags under it. Another had an old rotten pizza box by it and a pair of what appeared to be size 44 plus tighty whiteys nearby?!?! Crazy stuff.
You're right. I think you should stand your ground and tell the judge precisely that. Maybe end it by saying "Bitches".
I found some luggage once. Burst open like it had fallen from on high.
The only land that is being sold off has limited access or are small parcels that are separated from other parcels. None of it was obtained via hunter dollars. Please provide a supporting link for your imaginary theory.
I’ll agree some lazy hunter do attempt to claim an area but there is nothing that stops anyone from setting up next to them even if the stand is occupied.
Michigan has more land open to public hunting than any State East of the Mississippi. Opportunity is everywhere. You can only police yourself, don’t worry about what the other guy is doing if he is following the rules. If not report him, it’s that simple. The RAP line number is right on your license. That’s where your obligation stops.
Did the name tag say "D. Cooper"? Could have been the Hijack for Ransom suspect who has never been found?? Should have turned it in to the FBI
No I didn't notify anyone. I did recover a bible and an old carton of raleigh cigarettes though. They were pretty stale but a smoke is a smoke...
A substantial acreage of public land in Michigan is indeed purchased land but not all the dollars came from hunters. Fishermen's dollars were also used along with PR funds. Some land was gifted to the state by individuals, conservancies and corporations too.
That said, far and away most of the public lands we enjoy were obtained via tax reversion. No hunter dollars involved in those acquisitions. There is a book called The Land Nobody Wanted that lays out the tax reversion thing pretty well.
Oh yah, there is a statute that limits how much land the DNR can own. Apparently some legislators were getting complaints the state was buying up too much land...."you can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time". Whoever coined that phrase was a wise man. FM
Some people have an issue with public land.
I hunt primarily public land. I don't set up tree stands until September, and remove all stands in November. I also have my stands identified per the regulations.
If you find a stand on public land during non-hunting seasons - report it.
If you find a stand on public land that doesn't have the proper identification - report it.
Personally, I think the current regulations are fine.
Everyone be nice.
I posted this because I wanted opinions. It is an issue, no doubt about it. It is also an issue with no clear or simple solutions, that's why I wanted to talk about it. I think this fall might be the most stressful ever on public land in regards to overcrowding. The DNR does acknowledge the issue, it is brought up regularly, they don't have any easy answers either.
Are one of you guys "treestand taskforce" on IG?
I built a stand in shop class the first year Michigan allowed tree stands for bow hunting back in the 70s. It was solid steel and weighed well over 100 pounds. My buddies and I hauled it out to a great spot on public property and put it up permanently using lag bolts to fasten it to the tree with lag bolt steps too, all of which was perfectly legal then. I haven't hunted in that area in decades, but hiked past it a few years back and it was still there in the same cedar tree. I wonder how many people have avoided that prime spot over the years due to that stand? LOL
No, I understand. I just still not going to cry that it's, not fair.
I do prefer fiberglass. But you have to take what's given to you.