And this was private property? What a heartbreaker. Who the heck carries pliers or bolt cutters around with them just to steal treestands or what ever they can get their hands on. Man, I can put up with a lot, but there's nothing lower in life than a thief.
That's right I had a cam stolen last year and I couldn't believe the rage I felt. Wasn't so much for the loss of the camera, but the thought of some A-Hole coming onto our property and stealing. That and I know I had some great pics on it at the time ,) I really don't know how I would handle it if I caught them in the act
I have had 2 treestand stolen. One was on private prop cabled and locked the other was on my own property (not locked, but why would I on my own property?). Now I an a guy that has a lot of faith in my fellow man but find it hard to believe that somone needs a treestand or trail cam soo bad that they have to tresspass and steal to get them. So I also find myself beleving that in cases like these "what go's around , comes around" and these SOB's will get there just deserts one way or another. May not be true but helps me sleep, a little better at night.
Blackie man you have had some tough times here, I am sorry about that. Just remember that better times are coming it's almost hunting season and there is a good chance she is going to knock down a nice bear! Keep the faith dude.
Two guys walked up on me at my truck while I was mixing up bait getting ready to load up a crib, asked me what I was doing and I told them. I led them to believe that I was in another direction on the other side of a two track.
After baiting a different crib about an hour latter I decided to drive back up to that crib and low and behold, there was their truck parked in the area where I told them the bait was.
I'm guessing that they were looking for the stands.
I went in and pulled that camera and the two stands.
Guess I'm getting gun shy.
I'll keep baiting this spot and if we choose to hunt it, there are some dead falls about 30 yards out.
Blackie, you're a far more patient man than I am. I'd grabbed the splitting axe and gone looking for those characters. At least you should have taken their plate nos. You never know who else might have gotten ripped off around there.
I got it Sawbill, and pictures of their truck.
And I've already talked to the Mi DNR
They said that they would start keeping an extra eye out in the area.
I would like to take down the thieves.
Just hope that it doesn’t mess other people up.
Twice I've had officers walk up on me in my stands just before dark while bow hunting for deer just to check me out. Drives ya crazy after you've been on stand for 3 or 4 hours.
Was that the Moultrie 100? If so, how did you have it locked? I just bought one and didn't see a way to protect it.
Sorry to be so late Red
I had the bunjies on it, then a nylon ratchet strap around the tree and tied thru that top eye three times, a chain around the tree hooked with the padlock in the door clasp.
They cut the lock. They could have just broke it (the door clasp is only plastic)
Guess that they didn’t want to damage it.
Lock only takes the temptation away from an honest person.
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...