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Found this on another site and thought it was interesting:


http://www.huntingnet.com/articles/pf_article.aspx?articles_id=508







Ode To The Treestand Thief » Print This Page

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By: Michael Willand



I would like to propose a toast. A toast to the man with no name. The man who walks through my woods without any care, searching for my treestand, my trail cameras, and my fragile piece of mind.

You're so clever! Able to creep in the darkness, wandering from tree to tree, in search of my favorite stand. You're so brave. Able to walk through miles of spider webs strung from tree to tree, without one girlish scream or thought of turning back now. I cannot even fathom the pain you must have endured by the onslaught of mosquitoes that swarmed your cold blood. You must be full of so much pride as you carry away my treestand hung way back in the raspberry thicket. I know I felt great pride when I hung it in 95 degree heat, while ticks crawled up my pants and bees dove around my face.

What of safety!? Did you come alone!? Is it not a general treestand safety rule that one should have another with him/her when he/she are installing or uninstalling a treestand!? After all, I would hate to think that you where careless when in my woods! Did you take the time to put on your safety belt? I really would not wish for harm on you. I mean, I can't speak for others, but I wouldn't want to head into my woods one morning only to find you laying helplessly underneath my stand!

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However, I will assume that you are safety conscious because I know that upon hanging that particular stand I also took the time to hang on an extra safety harness tree strap. This way I wouldn't have to do it on opening morning and make so much noise. And since you also took this strap, you must be incredibly safety conscious!

I wonder what sort of man you are, physically? I am guessing you are not of a heavier set. I know this because the tree you took my stand from leaned at a good angle, putting all the weight on your back as you climbed up. A really heavy man would have had much trouble with this. And clearly you were not discouraged by the lack of screw in steps that were in the tree. They were spaced kind of far apart, because I just ran out. I apologize for that! So my guess is, you are at least 6 feet tall and with good upper body strength.

What sort of man are you emotionally? What does it take, inside of you, to be the great thief that you obviously have become!? Are you an only child, raised by the parents who gave you everything you ever wanted, but still you wanted more? Do you just have social or intimacy problems with the opposite sex? Perhaps you're just angry at life, for dealing you such a tough hand. Whatever it is, I guess with you taking Mike Willand's treestand it should help you to better succeed in life. Good job!

Whomever you are, you have now earned my respect. You, treestand thief, needed that one more treestand so bad that you came in the night! In the dark! You took on the heat, the thorns, the insects, and the sweat! You walked up the rolling hills, over water soaked creeks, and through a small swamp to achieve your goal! And tomorrow when you set that stand you so rightfully stole from me, it will all be worth it for you!

Just remember to cross off my name that is etched into the stand 3 TIMES! I wouldn't want the game warden, whom I contacted, to see you with that stand. Then he may feel the need to arrest you, and I just don't want that to be on MY conscience. Then I'll have to help file paper work, press charges, and maybe even have to pick you out in a line-up. Although I have never seen your face, I think the physical description I have in my head should be pretty darn near accurate.

With this, I solute you, oh Treestand Thief.
 

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I got the name and address and picture of the scumbag who was arrested last week for stealing the box blind and my dad's stand [and possibly others]. I was thinking about sending him this poem.

Ran into a few fellow hunters this morn at the WMA near his house and after chatting it up and learning that they were his nearby neighbors, they were all ears when telling them about what happened and they are already spreading word around his neighborhood like wildfire.... Hopefully this POS will be ashamed to even show his face at the local Wawa after word got around. Payback is a bitch and shame on him because he brought this all on himself . Even the C/O supervisor I met this morn said that hopefully after he is convicted that the story will get picked up in the statewide news letter citing an example for the rest of the like-minded indviduals to heed.
 

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Unfortunately, I firmly believe that most thefts in the woods involve not the desire to acquire somthing that does not belong to the thief, but from the theif's motivation to keep that particular hunting area to himself. The "my spot" mentality goes that far, and this guy will actually garner sympathy from some when he says-I only did it to get that stand out of "my spot" It's wrong-yes, but many guys will "understand"[confusedagain]
 

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Unfortunately, I firmly believe that most thefts in the woods involve not the desire to acquire somthing that does not belong to the thief, but from the theif's motivation to keep that particular hunting area to himself. The "my spot" mentality goes that far, and this guy will actually garner sympathy from some when he says-I only did it to get that stand out of "my spot" It's wrong-yes, but many guys will "understand"

you make an intersting point because one of the locals I talked to yesterday that lives next the WMA said a few guys from a certain club have that "my area stay away" menality with a certain area of public land there and literally badgered some poor guy and his grandson to death to move out of "thier area". He said it was disgraceful and pathetic. Now , I for one belive in giving another hunter thier space but not the whole damn side of the WMA. I had to deal with guys in climber setting up on me opering day and cherry-picking off my bait and couldnt do a thing cause it was public land. I just made them aware I was set up in there and when they wouldnt budge, I went to my other spot away from everyone. Never in a million years thought to mess w thier shit but there are alot who will in that area.
 

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the spot where i got mine stolen out of allaire that was my spot for years no one came over there thats where i shot my first and all of a sudden i go to re scout my spot im like where is my tree stand whos tree stand is that 35 feet high in my tree so i melted his ratchet straps and took my ladder home with me the bastard
 

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I agree some is spite work but the majority is scumbags roving arond looking for an opportunity to steal your shit, plain and simple. Also the occasional anti looking to rig it so you get hurt is played out in alot of places. My feeling is that anyone that gets caught w bolt cutters in a WMA should be charged with possession of an instrument of crime. Anyone caught stealing someone else's stuff should have thier license revoked.
 

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agreed but what if u lost your key now you have to carry bolt cutters in the woods i suppose you could call a ranger?
Was thinking the same thing, leave a message on the answering machine same as next tracking/checking a deer.
 

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agreed but what if u lost your key now you have to carry bolt cutters in the woods i suppose you could call a ranger?
Ha-I just did that 2 weeks ago-I have about 10 stands out, and no rhyme or reason for key storage, so I go out to move a stand and have 10 sets of keys, and none works! I had to go back with bholt cutters to take down the stand-it sucks because it was a $10.00 lock[down]I guess the lock froze after 2 years in the tree[cry]
 

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I have 2 constructed wooden stands Iv'e used for years. Now, along comes this guy who claims one of them as his. Puts his name on it, marker ribbons, etc, etc. Talk about B$LLS! Haven't met the guy yet! Why are some f--king people so lazy they can't put up their own stand????? Gonna be interesting when I find him in my stand!
 

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here is a question for you guys.. you have your spot picked out and stand hung ready to go.. opening day you make your way to your stand and as you get close you get flashed right in your face and some guy is 10 yards form your stand now what??its state land and the guy in the tree had no idea you were even their so do you hate this guy now>??
 

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Had that happen to me, but I was the one flashing the light, it was a tree I had hunted for a few years. I guess he had no Idea I hunted it as I use a climber. He just went over to his tree about 30 yds away ,unchained his climber and off he went. I try to be the first one in the woods.[patcheye]
 

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I have 2 constructed wooden stands Iv'e used for years. Now, along comes this guy who claims one of them as his. Puts his name on it, marker ribbons, etc, etc. Talk about B$LLS! Haven't met the guy yet! Why are some f--king people so lazy they can't put up their own stand????? Gonna be interesting when I find him in my stand!
I'd be leaving a posted sign with a note on it telling him he better reconsider if that was really his stand. You'll never see him again.
 

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Sometimes s--t happens. You can be the first one in the woods and you'll still have sme jerk come in making a racket, smoking, coughing, whatever.
 

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Deermaster, I keep taking out his tree steps, ripping off the ribbons and taking off the notes he leaves claiming his ownership, but he keeps coming back! Had an affrontation (confrontation?) a couple years ago with a guy 4 o'clock in the AM with a guy that thought he could just jump into anybodys stand when he wanted to.
 

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Grey, daddy is it public land or private that you both have rights to ? Either way, photograph it after you build it and save reciepts. Some people are just plain ignorant a-holes who think they cant just do whatever they want and take from whoever they want.
 
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