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While scouting on government land you find flagging tape marking trails to stand locations. Do you leave it or consider the flag

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  • #16
    Originally posted by jspfirefighter View Post
    if they appear to be old markers i would remove them. they were probably left by a lazy hunter. fresh markings i would leave with hopes that whomever left them would be resposible enough to remove them at the end of thir usefulness
    That's exactly what I do most of the time

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Kody View Post
      I got one of those Bushnell tracking devices that you mark your stand, your truck location and one other spot if required. It is perfect for those of us who are technically handicapped. It also has the advantage of not leaving crap behind in the woods. Two seasons ago, I found myself in the dark and in the midst of a blizzard as I tried to retrace my steps from the goose hunting blind to the truck. When I hit the fence line I had no idea in which direction to walk, my flashlight could do little in the darkness with the heavy blowing snow. Understand, finding some marker tape would have been like finding a needle in a haystack. I guessed right but was ready to turn around moments before I stumbled on to the pick up truck. I made some hints that Christmas and got one those little devices as a gift. I carry it every time I go hunting. I put the markers in place regardless of how silly and unnecessary it might seem at the time.
      I wear a wrist mounted GPS for the same reason

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      • #18
        Originally posted by AMM0 View Post
        A lot of hunters at the end of the season forget to remove their flagging tape on accident. If the tape looks like it's been out in the elements for a few seasons, I'd opt to remove it.
        Ditto, that's what I do too.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Treestand View Post
          Leave it you have no right to remove it!
          Even on public land Treestand?

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          • #20
            Most of the public land I hunt is leased by the State from timber companies. Sometimes flagging tape is used to mark boundaries and trees that are not to be cut during a thinning. So, I'm very careful to leave those markers alone.

            However, old and faded flagging tape along obviously unused trails needs to be taken out of the woods if not used for marking trees and boundaries.

            In the swamp, I often use temporary markers on the way in that I can follow back to the canoe in the dark. I retrieve the markers on the return.
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