thanks so much for your replies. several people are looking into legally taking care of the problem, however, i'm sure it will still be handled with SSS. sorry it took me so long to respond, my grandparents internet was only connecting at about 18k so it was very hard to post. yes i'm talking about IL. there are a lot of people who are no longer thinking that the older folks are crazy, and they really want to get some sort of a handle on this, if possible, esp since the grad school is so close to the wood line. i'll keep y'all updated if i can.
Try to put your tree stand in a tree with plenty of background cover, keep the prevailing winds for that time of the year to your face, and take care of those pesky squeaks and creaks your stand may have developed while sitting in the shed. A good treestand lube can be made by heating petroleum jelly until it reaches a liquid form. Some hunters have reported success by including a cover scent in this mixture before applying it to their stands.