I "lost" four Mallard Deeks the other day, I left them in place and someone took them. It was less than 24 hours so it is not like they had seen them a couple of times as I have never left them out before.
I am flabbergasted that people are so anxious to pick stuff up that they would grab those Deeks. If they had been in there recently they would know they had not been there long. And if they had not been in there recently they would not know they had been in there long enough to be abandoned.
I was extremely late pulling out of there and I would never leave them to keep my spot. If I had come back in there and someone was hunting over them I would have been very fine with that and hopefully they would have shot something that would have made my day actually. Why would someone not just hunt over them for cryin out loud and come back, if they were there a few days later then OK maybe but I would not even take them then if they were not mine. I looked at them before walking off and thought ya know itís a small town; most of the guys that go out here I either know or are in the Coast Guard, not all I am sure but most. I was sure someone would not stoop so low as to take them. It was only about 15 $ worth of gear but I am seriously bent.
I know some do not agree with leaving Deeks out but really if you do not expect it to get you any kind of advantage over other hunters what can it hurt really.
If some one is reading this that found some Deeks near Valdez last on Wed. night please drop them off at Hook line, they will get them back to me. I can identify them if you PM me in case there is any doubt they are mine. Thanks all for listening to me vent, lesson learned