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How do you keep thieves from stealing your feeders, treestands, etc? It seems no matter how hard I work to post the land someone ends up slipping across the fence and setting up in one of my trees. I already had to stop leaving stands up (even chained to the tree) and switch to only climbers. Now I would like to put a feeder out but I'm afraid the jerks will just steal it. Any insites (besides set up on em and shoot em-as I would like to see my children grow up as a free man.) But man the thought has crossed my mind. I hate thieves.

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SET UP A COUPLE GAME VIEW CAMERAS . YOU MIGHT GET LUCKY AND CATCH THEM ON FILM . THAT IS IF THEY DONT SEE THE CAMERAS AND STEAL THEM TO.
 

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How much land? How do they get to it? Have you caught people in your stands? If so, did you have them arrested for tresspassing? You should.

If you setup things like feeders, mark them as your own. I woudn't expect people would come from very far away to steal something that big. Maybe you could contact the DEC and see if you could get a radio collar and rivet it to the inside of the feeder. People probably wouldn't even notice it. Then you could track it down.

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So far I've had good luck buying cheap stuff and locking it to the tree. Make them WORK for it and they seem to weigh the value of the item their stealing. I have a $49. ladder stand and a $19. feeder that has been in place for some time now, other than running one fellow off the property who did not have permission to be there (not my property, but the landowner HATES tresspassers). I told him I was going to tell the landowner he was tresspassing, and if the landowner caught him he would go to jail. Haven't seen him since!
I do tell other hunters who have permission to hunt the property to feel free to use the ladder stand if I'm not in it, so they won't feel guilty. I'm sure most of them would not use it without permission, and I would not use their setups without permission.
 

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I bought a dozen or so tree steps years back that detach from the bolt. You screw a lag bolt in to the tree and the step snaps onto the bolt. When I leave the woods, the steps come with me. I bought about 35 extra bolts so I have enough bolts for all of my stand sites. The steps travel out and back with me in my fanny pack. For someone to steal or occupy my stand, they have to bring their own steps.
I don't know if the steps are still available or not, but I haven't lost a stand in over 10 years (watch now, this will be "the year"):mad:
 

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ok I Put in cheap home build feeders that one would be intereste in takeing and if they were the have to work for it as the stand itself is welded and and pinned to the ground with auger type bolts. here is photo of the feeder and it works just like the high dollar feeders. the deer do not care about the money as long as they can eat the corn and soybean. plus I only leave the tree stand there if I know I am returning there first thing in the morning. and yes this is all private I am only one with access to it and it is right in the middle of the section I have secured four farms in hunting area with a total 12,000 acres all post no trespassing or hunting without written permission this does not stop uninvited intruders so far I have had the county sheriff escort 23 people off, six were issued trespassing and poaching hunting equipment and vehicals impounded . so I don't trust leaveing anything around.
 

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What amaizes me about this thread is that I've NEVER even considered taking someone elses tree stand. I've walked past a hundered of them.... some that weren't allowed to be there, but still didn't steal them. The illegal stands were torn down and placed at the bottom of the tree with a no trespassing sign placed on the tree it came from.

What a joke our society is... when "hunters" steal other hunters stuff. Pathetic dirty rotten ******. I'd love to catch someone steeling one of mine.... I'd drag their *** out of the woods with a tag on thier head.
 

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Could the thieves be P.E.T.A. or E.L.F morons?
 

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Arkie,
We had stand theft problems when I was stationed in Missouri almost 20 years ago. ELF and PETA weren't the problem... it was @$$holes who were too cheap to buy their own stuff. Besides ELF and PETA are all about making a statement. If they were to blame, they would most likely mangle your equipment and leave it where you would find it (like stuffed through your truck's windshield!)
Although we are, by and large, an honorable bunch there is a criminal element that lurks amongst us. These lowlifes are the ones that park their sorry butts in someone else's stand, steal other hunters' trail cameras, tree stands and feeders. They ought to put a spot on your tag for at least one such miscreant per year. Heck, if you can't afford a $200 feeder, fill a 3 liter soda bottle with corn. No cash for $150 stand, a $20 pile of lumber will suffice. Can't afford a trailcam, you don't need it anyway as you can't afford the film either!
I'll climb off my soapbox now... emotional topic for me, sorry.
 

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Maybe this would work...

Next to the No Hunting signs, post a sign that reads "Tree stands found on this property will be confiscated and not returned. Flashless game cameras are used to secure the identity of trespassers. Trespassers will be prosecuted."

and then do it. The flash is what gives away most game cams. Just shut off or cover up the flash. You could use high speed film if you think they come in during early or late hours.
 

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I see alot of post of what a holes people are and what kind of trash and scum they are for stealing... but based on this comment and I am not singleing anyone out because I have seen several others with similar type comments....


""What a joke our society is... when "hunters" steal other hunters stuff. Pathetic dirty rotten ******. I'd love to catch someone steeling one of mine.... I'd drag their *** out of the woods with a tag on thier head""

Now I agree What a Joke our society is when "hunters steal from other hunters..... but the kicker is when this comment was mad......I'd love to catch someone steeling one of mine.... I'd drag their *** out of the woods with a tag on thier head""


Now doesn't that comment put you into this category " What a joke our society is... when "hunters" steal other hunters stuff. Pathetic dirty rotten ******. ""

So somebody is an arsehole for stealing stuff.... well then retaliation by beating them down only brings you down to that level also...

Here is a suggestion, isn't there some tracking devices like lojack or onstar systems that you could WELD onto treestands or feeders... That way if they are stolen they can be tracked to there exact location and the thieves are then caught red handed, they get arrested, and you get your stuff back....word of mouth goes out and before you know it among the thieves they know not to take your stuff and they leave it alone.....
 

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Recovery systems work well for big complex pieces of equipment because they are easilly hidden in the maze and tangle of wires and hoses. Two problems putting a recovery system on a treestand. No where to hide it, the thief would just bust it and disable it. Too expensive! The stand or feeder would then be too expensive for the average guy to afford.
Good thought though.

I am still kind of in favor of getting down on their level and exacting some vengence... a pound of flesh goes a long way in making one feel better about having been wronged. In other words... Putting a good old Missouri @$$ whippin' on the slacker, sure does make a fella feel better about his stuff getting ripped off.;)
 

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Jacobi,

Let's say you found someone stealing your car. Are you going to
a) Kick som e *** and tag 'em for the police to take to jail
b) Sit back and rely on your lojack device to remain in tact and operational until the police find for your car (ain't gonna happen)

Tell you what I'd do.... A! If I came across someone carrying my stand out of the woods, you can bet your *** that he'd give it back and be drug to my truck where Johny Law would be waiting to arrest him for trespassing AND theft. If he wouldn't cooperate, well, every man for his own treestand! Good night Charlie Brown... the party is over.

To even consider that this places me on a lower moral/ethical level is comical. I'm an NRA member and avvid gun owner, which includes a big piece next to my bed. Someone breaks into my house, I run downstairs and put a cap in their ***. The mortician can determine the cause of death. Same theory applies in the woods, but to a lessor degree as I can't legally "cap" someone for stealing a tree stand. I can demand that they return my property, provide ID for trespassing purposes, demand that they return to my vehicle to wait for authorities, and beat their *** if they don't cooperate.

I don't care what "level" that puts me at in your book. It is right, ethical, moral, and the responsibility of every "slob theif crook bad apple POS Hunter" hating hunter in the woods. If they don't pay the price, they don't stop the practice!!!!

Bust a poacher/thief... it is your responsibility!
 

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I own and pay the taxes the land I hunt on.It is posted and most of it has an old fence around it.There is constantly someone trying to slip in.They will even tell me they have permission from the owner and I can't make them leave.(but I do!!)I've had stands stolen and had people stumbling thru where I was trying to hunt.They don't mind getting down on that level to do what they do,so I don't have any problem getting down there with them.You have to speak a language they understand.Also you can't depend on the law....My wife caught a tresspasser on the land told him not to leave that the law was on the way( she meant to have him formally warned).He ran any way.After he ran we decided to file charges(WE knew the trespasser).Although the charges were filed nothing was done.So pardon me while I get down to their level.
 

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So you get your stand back after you put a beat down, and then you wait for Johnny Law to show up?? Why?? Now at this point you are sitting there with a severly injured person, you have your stand back but however now you are going to jail for assualt, and depending on the lawyer the other guy gets the charges could vary from assult to assult with a deadly weapon, to attempted murder.....

The best thing you could do is like someone suggested, by using a trail cam without the flash and put it up at the same level as your stand on a different tree facing your stand.... that way you catch the thief taking the stand, and then to help ensure that the criminal gets caught is to also set up a cam where there is parking because they have to park somewhere to walk in there and in order to catch them the police will need to have something other than just a picture of them... they need the license plate number on their vehicle also.....

You know it takes a bigger man to turn the other cheek.... If you resort to violence you then stoop down to the level of the criminal.
 

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your right shoes let the law officers do it. The best anybody can do License plate is good in some states but others you get the county tag from the plate will help track down faster. I also found it wise to carry my digital camera snap a couple photos vehicle and posible the person. pictures can proof a lot more than your say so.
Dont argue with them at all just nicely ask them who and how they got on property and their purpose there inform they are tresspassing and ask them to leave. in the mean time hope you have call the county sheriff to respond even though they may leave before before he gets there.
 
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