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Sorry - this will be a long post, but I need to let off a little steam...

I have access to hunt a local area that isn't public, but isn't exclusive to me - meaning there are other guys that hunt there that I don't know. I've been hunting the area for a few years, and have a couple of spots that I maintain a stand and have had success. Apparently, the word is out on one of my spots, because since mid-October, four stands have popped up right around my stand. The first turned out to be a trespasser who had a stand, camera, the whole nine yards. He was caught and kicked out. The second two showed up and disappeared after the first week of November, and the fourth just showed up this week. All were set within 60 yards of my stand (which is intentionally VERY visible).

Another guy that hunts the property has harvested a few nice deer over the years. Now, each year there are guys that will wait until he sets his two or three stands for the year, and then they set theirs literally within 50 yards of his to increase their chances for success.

This burns me up a little. We pick our stand spots based on scouting, trial and error, etc. Maybe I'm off-base, but I always figured if a guy has a stand in place - back off and find another spot. I don't get the mentality of someone who sees a stand on a tree and thinks "well, I guess this is a good spot".

(warning - soapbox really starts now) Not to generalize, but it seems like a symptom of a lazy approach to bowhunting that some new hunters take. I've met guys that do this kind of stuff and never think twice about it. They also lose deer because they don't practice shooting their bow in the off-season, have trouble counting 4 points on one side, etc. They seem to be into the lifestyle more than hunting itself. They bought a bow, a hang on stand, some scent-lok clothes, and now they have developed a southern accent when they describe all the "freak-nasty's" they pass up. I enjoy the Outdoor Channel as much as the next guy, but am starting to see the "reality TV" influence showing up in the woods, and it's not a good trend for the future of hunting.

Anywho - obviously I had a slow afternoon in the woods and a lot of time to dwell on this, so sorry for venting. Have a great week!
 

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I feel your pain,only mine is with turkey hunters.Our neighbors farm is loaded with birds but ya still gotta work for em.Everytime I mentioned I saw or heard gobbling somewhere the neighbors and/or their kids were there.Learned real quick to "see and hear"gobblers in places far across the farm from where im huntin.Never seems to fail,if I mention a spot ive "seen" birds they're there the next morning.dont mind sharin a spot if you've done your work and its a coincidence we end up in the same spot,works out well sometimes that way we've double teamed birds.But put your own time in scoutin and lookin dont ride my shirtails.I think your right with the "tv hunts".too many people expecting to show up and tag out in half an hour with little or no effort put out.sorry dont work that way!
 

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True some people are just idiots.And true some hunting shows are not really "hunting", but just about all you can find on television these days is reality shows, hospital shows, drama, and worthless junk of course. There still are some hunting channels that have true hunts where they actually camp and use horses etc. I get 2 of the 3 channels I can get on DirectTV. Channel 605 and 608 are the two. Quiet often 605 has true hunting on it. Channel 606 is the "Outdoor Channel" and its what has the most guided/managed hunts and the commercials and promotions of fancy gear and how it will make you kill bigger deer and become a better hunting and how the deer wont smell you and :blah:. Anyways just keep doin what you do and hunt yourself, with or without the fancy stoof.:D

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top pin, that stimks for sure. Myself, I would invest in a climber and also take down their stands for them and set them by where they park.
 

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[rquote=1491354&tid=104187&author=20 feet high]top pin, that stimks for sure. Myself, I would invest in a climber and also take down their stands for them and set them by where they park.[/rquote]

That would be tempting, but could get you kicked off the property too.
 

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[rquote=1491354&tid=104187&author=20 feet high]top pin, that stimks for sure. Myself, I would invest in a climber and also take down their stands for them and set them by where they park.[/rquote]
I wouldn't do that if they have permission to be there, it would be better to just talk to them to try to work it out.:shrug:
 

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Set a stand in a crappy area and tell everyone about the MONSTER you see there all the time!!!
 

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That isnt any good.I wouldnt be very happy either.Id get in contact with the other hunters and work SOMETHING out.:cheers:
 
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