Dad has hunted on the land that houses the Sky Condo for the better part of his life. About six years ago, we built the SC and started hunting there full time. At that time, there were no other hunters near by. A few years ago, a hunter bought a bordering piece of property, re-did the old camp that was there and brought his buddies along.
We haven't had a lot of incidents with them (trespassing last year, putting pink ribbon on my tree seat and lying to us when we asked them what they shot - a search through the list at the tagging station said an 8-point buck).
Two years ago, Dad bought a piece of land that is separated from the Sky Condo property by a powerline and a driveway that is privately owned by our hunting neighbor. The land was bought in May and once October came, our neighbor put a treestand up along the edge of the powerline, facing our new piece of property and right next to our traveling path. We were cautious from that point on, making sure we were not seen as we crossed from the powerline and into the woods. We never saw anyone actually sit in the stand. Until this year.
After reviewing the pictures on our trail cameras, Dad and I figured we would head down to my tree seat mid-morning. As we made our way down our path, Dad stopped suddenly and pointed to the treestand. A blob of orange sat there. We backtracked and went elsewhere.
In the afternoon, we were prepared to walk right past the stand, hunter or no hunter, and go immediately into the woods and then travel to where my seat is. But, no one was there. Still, from now on, we will have to strategize how we get from point A to my tree seat. Our hunting neighbor has other treestands along the powerline and we are polite and stay clear of them. It is how you hunt; have courtesy for those around you. Apparently, they did not get that memo.
Next weekend, I will be walking down the powerline in the dark so that I am settled in my seat before sun up. It's unsettling to think that there could be someone so close to where I will be walking. I will make sure that I have a very bright flashlight and I may even talk to myself or sing so there is no question that I am not a deer.
So, what is your take on this? How disrespectful is our neighbor? Would you put a stand up where you knew other hunters travel? Am I totally blowing this out of proportion?