" It is unlawful to: establish a permanent structure or plant vegetation. Only portable blinds and tree stands for big-game or waterfowl hunting can be erected on SWAs and no earlier than 30 days prior to the season for which they will be used. No nails can be driven into trees. Man-made materials for blinds or stands must be removed within 10 days after the season in which they are used ends. Any other portable blind or tree stand used for any other purpose must be removed at end of the day they are used. The owner’s Customer Identification number and dates of use must be visible on the outside of portable blinds or underside of tree stands. Placement of blinds or stands does not reserve them for personal use, they may be used by the public on first-come, first-served basis."
So, am I to understand that my pop-up blind or my tree stand must be taken down nightly? And that I'm supposed to put my CID and the dates I'm hunting on them?
Um, IF I have to take it down nightly, why do I have to put down the dates I'm hunting? Or do I even have to take them down nightly?
Can anyone shed some light on the intent?
If you call the CPW, please let us know all the different answers you receive.
To me it reads: "If you're NOT hunting (the 'any other purpose' part) you must take your blind down daily. If you ARE hunting, you can leave the blind up for the dates it allows, but you have to put your name, CID, and the dates on it. AND, take all your trash with you when you're done, AND don't hurt the trees."
I don't use blinds, but if I did I would call the warden(s) whose area you are going to hunt in, to see how he interprets that rule...
oldgoat - great idea on marking screw-in step holes.
When I'm not in my treestand, I lock the plat form up closed so no one can get into it, and I use quick sticks instead of the screw in type, that way I can take the sticks down if I'm not using for a day or two-much easier than screw in's, but I still put my CID & dates of use per regs., I do this for legal reasons, if someone uses your stand and gets hurt, your liable for that persons injuries because it is your property, not CPW's. If you have a question about that PM me and I'll explain an incident that happen. With a blind I don't leave it up for even a day, had two stolen on the SWA's, and one stand that I had put up a week before season. Best of luck!
Portable blinds or stands used for any other purpose, ie, small game, turkey, non hunting, etc. must be removed daily
When it got light, I could see a couple wads of toilet paper down there... Guess he never got the memo that human elimination doesn't bother deer. Maybe it made him feel better in several ways. ;-O