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  • We found an area we want to try out on the lake but there is a makeshift blind built there already. Its public land so really it

    We found an area we want to try out on the lake but there is a makeshift blind built there already. Its public land so really its first come but it don't look like anybody has hunted it in a couple weeks. If they show up after us they are more than wekcome to join but i was wondering what you would do. I dont have a boat so we are walking and cant just go anywhere.

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    I ran into a similar situation this year. We set up a hundred yards down the bank of the blind. Nobody came by, and it was opening weekend. As long as you don't hunt in the blind, hunt it.

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    • #3
      If you're there first, then it's your spot. Setting up a blind, a tree stand, or any other equipment on public land does not reserve that location. I would do what you plan to do. If they raise a stink, the you be the better man and move because it's not worth getting hot headed over something so trivial.

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      • #4
        Offer to move. If the other guys have a boat they may be able to help you with finding another spot. They have no proprietary rights on public land but you should recognize and acknowledge the hard work and materials they put into setting up the blind. It's fine to use it if they aren't there but only a slob hunter would hog it after they show up. If you take a respectful attitude they might even let you hunt with them. And you might just make some valuable friends!

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        • #5
          All good answers to a good question. Remember, good sportsmen always find a way to accommodate each other.

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          • #6
            I was Hunting P/Land Back in the Day and came across a old wood tree stand, I used it that opening day, by lunch time an older Hunter came by and claimed it was his stand! I said SORRY I'll move....He said stay kid, I have a newer Stand down the Trail.
            Now that's a Sportsmen.

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            • #7
              taz

              This late in the season, I doubt there will be any "claimers"
              BUT! I'd try to locate a lake authority. Sometimes people buy "permits" to erect blinds. Yes, normally, they have to be removed after the season,. Don't know about Keystone, but sure won't hurt to ask questions!
              BTW! Sometimes those "permits give you exclusive "rights" to a specific "sweet" spot!

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              • #8
                Squatter's rights. If they built it's it's theirs. Maybe you'd leave your number in a zip-lock bag in the stand/blind etc., if they don't take the time to call you, then they shouldn't take the time to care who hunts it. that said, it is still public land, legally, it's yours to hunt as much as theirs, so if you choose to use it, make good and sure you respect it as if it were your own. Or better.

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                • #9
                  Here where we waterfowl hunt, the dnr has blind drawings. So in essence, if you were to hunt someone else's blind you are trespassing, and therefore subject to a fine.

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