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Hunting for Tree Stand Regulations?

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Many hunters enjoy the bird’s-eye-view that can be gained through the use of a tree stand. However, some people are unaware of the regulations surrounding the use of stands on public land and hunter access properties.

Below you will find helpful information on tree stand usage:

Tree Stands on State Game Lands and Other Land

Tree stands are legal to use on state game lands under certain parameters.

It is unlawful while hunting or preparing to hunt to

1) damage any tree on public or private property by constructing a tree stand or using a portable tree stand or device to climb a tree; Tree damage is defined as any penetration to the cambium layer of the bark.

2) use or occupy a tree stand which when constructed, damages a tree. This does not apply to landowners constructing stands on their own property, or persons who have received written permission from a landowner to build or use a tree stand;

3) tree stands on state game lands can be placed out not more than two weeks before and must be removed two weeks after any deer season.

In addition, keep in mind that one’s tree stand does not make that area exclusive to the owner. Other hunters can hunt in that area as well.

Tree stand regulations can be found on page 29 of the Hunting & Trapping Digest. Tree stand information can also be found in the January 2014 Game News article by Joe Kosack.

Tree Stands on Hunter Access Property and Private Property

On any private land, even if enrolled in the hunter access program, permission from the landowner is required to put up any type of stand. Hunter access property cooperators are not required to allow the use of stands.

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