Who remembers this post?
A while back there was a huge discussion on this topic. The real issue was some dude staking his claim on public poperty. Then he would tear down other hunters stands and lay spike strips to flatten 4-wheeler tires.
Anyway, it was my 4-wheeler that got the 3 flattened tires. Oh yeah, its been since March 2007, but we had our day in court. Tomorrow, I will cash in the $375.10 restitution check and buy myself some REALLY cool tires for my Grizzly. Thanks Bob.
Mods, don't delete this thread. I did everything according to the law and I think all hunters should know that the "system" is slow, but it works.
March 2007, I went and did some bear scouting with two other buddies on 4-wheelers. We drove three 4-wheelers around for 6 to 8 hours. Every trail we drove on were on the map that we had. We settled on two locations and built stands there. That next week we went to ADF&G and registered the stands. I went out alone the next weekend with my son (10 years old) to put up the signs and place the bait barrels.
Amazing...I got 3 flat tires before I made it to the first stand! Something wasn't right, but with a 10 year old, I just left the area. I went back in later with a buddy and found the spike strip and a sign that said stay out with this dude's name and phone #.
We took pictures and reported it to the Troopers. The troopers went in and checked out our story and removed the strip. The troopers called this guy and he admitted to the spike strip. He wanted to keep hunters out, because it was "his" area and he had a stand about 8 miles farther down the trail. There's more drama to the whole story, but those are the facts that I know.
I don't know why the court system was so slow, but for the troopers it was an open and close case.
The moral to the story... If you are right and someone does you wrong, go to the Troopers. Then pursue the court system with a fury. Don't take my word for it go here and see for yourself:
One last note... I doubt I ever shoot a bear from any of my stand sittings. It's one of the few ways a youngster can get started in the woods safely.
Enjoy your season!