Great post, you summed everything up here! I don't know why people would want to see the woods left any different than when they found it.Many abandon stands exist.
Not the fresh current ones.
I've seen them grown into trees. Have seen old tree steps growing into trees too.
Nails ,spikes on old board stands. Spikes for steps .
That's hard on saw blades down the road. Not that you or I lose sleep over state timber values , but it is a consideration we should have by not leaving metal on/in trees.
Timber buyers of sawlogs are not the greatest fans of "yard" trees around homes.
Many have metal in them.
My example is a lag bolt barely sticking out of a red oak when I bought this place. It disappeared as the tree grew.
I quit using trees to hunt out of over a decade ago. Am I anti tree use? Heck no.
I'd hang stands pre hunt and hide my climbing sticks if it was not evening.
But stands were gone shortly after season closed. By rules , but also to ensure they were not left to grow into trees years later.
Believe it or not , my tiny home made and commercial hang ons (chain ons) were hard to find when placed well. Those with small plywood platforms were painted to blend when viewed from the ground. Effective camo is a blending just right. And I was willing to change blending based on where a stand was hung. One recalled almost touched a nice fan shaped cluster of limbs below it's platform. Man , that one blended well. At least for human eyes.
Sure they could be recovered by me whenever.
But when I ended up in an ambulance on dicey terms one Feb. No one else knew where my stands were. Were they pulled? Were they still up? How many?
Who would care about stands left out anyways if I didn't return?
Unrecovered stands obviously abandoned do tell of prior hunt(s).
But they also tell of a non-recovery.
Current rules on public are to recover stands after season.
So some folks get annoyed when they don't get recovered.
And beyond rules , is etiquette.
I really don't want to know where you hunted after you're not hunting.
Just like litter. Or trail marking flagging tape or beer cans ect..
Or a tree that just had to be used for target practice.
Or deer carcasses dumped in the parking area. Plus the prior trash contents of a vehicles floor. Shingles , mattresses , couches, bagged garbage , seaweed, cans ,bottles, plastic santa.
I've seen all that and more. I'd rather be noticing non human sign. Or noticing no sign rather than spotting the uncaring litterbug dumper on public land was here ahead of you. Yet again.
And oh look , a dilapidated stand! Ooo , and another!
Man it must be great hunting around here!