Public land = public access. It ain't YOUR stand if it is on public land.
That is just the way it is. If you leave a stand set up in the woods and someone is in it... you have to wait for them to vacate it before you can take it down.
That is also why, when it was legal to do so, I used screw in tree steps for the first two or three steps. That slowed folks down to a crawl as far a using stands I had built.
I have to wait for someone to vacate my stand?? I'm sure I'm not the only one laughing at that one. Just because you could doesn't mean you should that's a real d#$% move. So I should never buy a stand again just walk around the woods and hunt someone elses. Boykin Runner you summed it up perfectly.
Pintail I hear you but that's a real shitty thing to do to someone. I would never sit in someone's stand I would keep moving which I've done many times. Its one of those just because you can doesn't mean you should. On public land you should be putting up the cheapest stand possible and the cheapest cameras so it hurts less if they get stolen which has become somewhat a sport of its own the last few years people just suck. Dicks used to have $39 cameras they were perfect for this. If its not yours leave it alone.Public land is everyone's place to hunt, just because you found a spot and left your stand there doesn't entitle you to squatter's rights. Anyone can use your equipment when you are not in it, no time element here( kind of like leaving your wallet on the bar and expecting it to still be the way you left it two weeks later) The best thing to do is use a climber and take it out with you( at least you won't be letting the world know about your spot. I would never bait any spot on public land, you are just inviting others to cut you off or hunt your spot). Yeah I get the whole thing about doing the work and hauling all that weight in and out but, there are a lot of shitheads in the woods these days......
Right there's way too many jerks out thereOne other thing to think about is the liability you have if someone falls out of your stand. Don't laugh, with today's sue happy people who want to hang other's for their own stupidity it could happen. Just more food for thought.....