Question about Bear Bait Ethics;
I know that there is no written rule about putting a stand near other hunters. We have all heard about it, seen it ourselves, and/or are going through it now.
My issue is this. I have an established stand. Was passed down from other hunters directly to me. So I kind of feel like it's my small piece of the earth if you know what I'm saying.
With that being said, I got a late start this year actually putting out bait. I always register on or around the 15th just put out bait late. Mostly due to weather. I just seen another Permit about 200 yards from my stand the other day. I am not sure if the party has a different stand or they think that mine is "unoccupied".
Is is ethicly correct or acceptable for another hunter to stumble upon a stand that was built and maintained by your own hard work, and one that they think is not being used and simply slap a permit up and hunt it? I suppose that it would be easier for someone to find a stand already built. Hell lets be honest, it was hard to build those stands.
To me, I would honestly be frieghtened almost to hunt on some one elses stand. I like to think that I respect others enough to know that someone else has claimed that area and it should be left that way.
I know there are plenty of abandoned stands out there. Maybe they should watch it for a year and see if no one comes back to it and then take it over.
To summarize, someone has a permit about 200 yards uphill from my stand and I think that they think that my stand is abondoned and might plan to hunt it. Maybe they did not see my Permit. I'm not sure. I have taken the effort to make sure the Permit is now Flat on a piece of wood in plain view for all to see. I have even placed it basically on the stand as sad as that is to show that at least those few feet of earth is my hunting area. I simply do not want to have an issue with other hunters who love the outdoors as much as I do.
Old Murphy Dome Road is my location.
Fella's any thoughts on this one???