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    So long story short, I took some people out caribou hunting this past weekend and where we decided to camp was a nice spot. It was obvious that someone at one time, had a fire there. On a short hike down through the trees I found what appeared to be camp stuff poorly wrapped in tarps and trash everywhere. So this leads me to a couple questions. Would you remove the obvious trash and haul it out or leave it there? If indeed this is someone's hunting spot and you camped there, would you leave if the original party showed up or would you stay?

  • #2
    A lot really depends on the specific situation. For the most part, you can't expect to keep your hunting spot reserved for the next season by leaving your stash out there. I would never show up and expect someone to leave a camping site just because I had used it in the past and stashed some gear there. If I did stash something for a later season or the next year and came back to find someone camping there, I would chat with them briefly as I gathered my gear and then move on to another open spot further away. If it was a stash of gear from someone making multiple trips to get their stuff in (say it has only been there for maybe a day or so), then I would say they probably have some claim to it and I wouldn't move in on that location.

    As far as trash goes, we will typically try to haul out what we can. Best to leave a place as clean or cleaner than you found it.

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    • #3
      I would leave the other stuff alone and probably find a different spot if light allowed. I have no problem passing by hundred year old fish camps or generations old moose camps even if it is public land,I figure the users are part of the public.
      Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you

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      • #4
        This is more typical than we think. I find stuff out and about all the time.

        If the equipment looks pretty fresh, like in the last few days or weeks then I'd likely find another spot. If it's old- camp away.

        One of my frequent hunting spots has a really nice semi-permanent camp with a lot of stuff in it- coleman fuel, stove, and a permanent tin roof. As near as I can tell I am the last person to camp there....two years ago. From the amount of silt and dirt coating everything I'm thinking it's abandoned for some time now. It's tidy so I figure it might be a good emergency bivouac should someone need it but I sure wouldn't move to another spot waiting on the owner to come back.
        "I do not deal in hypotheticals. The world, as it is, is vexing enough..." Col. Stonehill, True Grit

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        • #5
          I for one don't like to camp where other people camp. It just so happened that there where other peoples stuff in the area(wouldn't have even know if I didn't go for a hike).

          Where I used to moose hunt we had a really nice moose camp (never left anything in there). There was once when we came to camp and there where other people there. It was no big deal just stopped in said hi and went about our way. But I have been on the other side to where someone was yelling and complaining about how my hunting partner and I had camped in there moose spot and where chasing around all there moose. I guess he felt a sense of entitlement. None the less we left and camped somewhere else. Don't really understand why some people try to lay claim to public land.

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          • #6
            I wish the state would start selling land besides their little subdivision tracks.State could keep ownership of all lakes water way for say five hundred yards both sides.Make it where any resident could go find ten acres he liked off the grid/road system and buy it,make it twenty acres for family and vets pay half price. Charge twenty bucks an acre yearly tax and must live on the land five months a year. Let Alaskans have some stake in the game.
            Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you

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            • #7
              I'm always hauling out trash form fisherman and hunters, it keeps our image in a better light. I don't touch obvious stashes, just trash, wish more would do the same, or better yet, wish more would take out what they take in. My 2 cents.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Steve Springer View Post
                I'm always hauling out trash form fisherman and hunters, it keeps our image in a better light. I don't touch obvious stashes, just trash, wish more would do the same, or better yet, wish more would take out what they take in. My 2 cents.
                What are "trash form fishermen and hunters", and how heavy are they to haul out?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Amigo Will View Post
                  I wish the state would start selling land besides their little subdivision tracks.State could keep ownership of all lakes water way for say five hundred yards both sides.Make it where any resident could go find ten acres he liked off the grid/road system and buy it,make it twenty acres for family and vets pay half price. Charge twenty bucks an acre yearly tax and must live on the land five months a year. Let Alaskans have some stake in the game.
                  I like the idea, but out of staters would get it all. Make it like the original Homestead Act of 1862. Have to live on it 5 years (full time) Have to improve the land (structures) and have to farm it.

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                  • #10
                    from I meant to say

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by FL2AK-Old Town View Post
                      I like the idea, but out of staters would get it all. Make it like the original Homestead Act of 1862. Have to live on it 5 years (full time) Have to improve the land (structures) and have to farm it.
                      I put in there resident so that would not happen,could have put dividen qualified.
                      Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you

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                      • #12
                        You'd have to free up a butt load of federal land. The state doesn't really own that much.

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                        • #13
                          The only difference between a poorly wrapped camp with trash all over, and an organized stash/camp is a bear.

                          Sobie2

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                          • #14
                            I agree with Sobie, however it is our responsibility to ensure that the "stash" we leave is adequately protected. If you can't get it high in the tree then over packs or trunks etc.... can be used. If we are in bear country then it is incumbent upon us hunters to take the appropriate measures. Otherwise the stash becomes trash. No excuses! Just my opinion.

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                            • #15
                              This is by far my favorite annual hunting season question. "My hunting Spot" is the ground that my feet and the space where my tent is occupying at the time. It's not "Your spot" till your occupying it. There is no "Save my Spot" regulations. If I'm in "The spot you were headed to" I'm sorry. If you're in "The spot I was headed to" I'll move on. I've been hunting in this state for 8 years and I rate equal access to public land just as anyone whose been here hunting for 40 years. You're traditional family hunting camp that is on general use/public land is NOT yours and I'll gladly camp in it if its unoccupied and BTW a stash of camp gear and wall tents does not meet the definition of Occupy. Thanks oldtimers for putting in the trails, but I'm here now and I have the means to explore all of your trails.

                              Flame on.

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