I will add that even if you do not have a bagged animal, stop at a check station!
A couple of years ago my buddy thought he did not have to stop since he had no animal. Well they sure thought he was hiding something and tore through his gear with a fine tooth comb just to make a point I think
In the darkness, the hunter stumbles through the underbrush, making noise and leaving his scent seemingly EVERYWHERE!
Daylight will be here in 30 minutes and he wanted to be in the stand an hour before daylight.
"I know I left that stand RIGHT in this area last night," he mutters under his breath, "but where is it now?"
He traipses back and forth in a zig zag pattern, getting himself overheated and sweaty, but never finding the stand he left there the previous evening – and eventually sits on a...