Hunting should be an opportunity that’s available to everyone and public land helps makes that possible. When you’re hunting public land, you should be mindful of public land regulations and always have a backup plan. If you hunt public land with the right knowledge and the right tactics, you’ll set yourself up for a successful season.
Public Land Means Public Blinds
The Minnesota DNR considers any stand or blind on public hunting land public property. Regulations state that hunters are not allowed to leave a stand or blind in wildlife management areas overnight. Hunters must take their blinds with them at the end of every day. You can leave your Stump blind set up at your favorite hunting spot night overnight in state forests and national forest land in Minnesota, but by doing so, you’re accepting that your blind is public property and that other hunters may hunt from your blind when you’re not there. Our Locking Door Handle will help alleviate that possibility. The lock attaches to any of our Stump blinds and comes with two keys so you can give one to your hunting buddy if you share a blind. Installation is easy and can be done in minutes, giving you peace of mind all hunting season.
Leave the Trees as You Found Them
Cutting down trees to clear a shooting lane is prohibited on public land. You can clear away as much as you want on your own private land, but you should leave public land the way you found it. This makes choosing your hunting spot all the more important on public land because you need to check for a clear shooting path before you set up your blind. If the path isn’t clear, then move on and choose a different spot. Our Stump blinds will blend seamlessly into virtually any area you choose.
Have a Second Location in Mind
When you’re hunting public land, you need to be prepared for the possibility that another hunter might already be set up in your prime hunting spot when you get to the property. If you show up to your favorite spot and find another hunter there, don’t panic. There will be plenty of land to go around so head to your backup spot and continue your hunt. This also demonstrates the importance of scouting out potential hunting locations before hunting season opens. If you know you’re going to be hunting public land, take a tour of the property and have a solid roster of 3-5 places you’d be willing to hunt. Try to look for places that are between food sources and bedding areas, along tree lines, near a water source, and other highly trafficked locations. Our Stump blinds are easy to move, so you can move them around as often as you need to.
Adjusting is the name of the game when you’re hunting public land. Adjust to other hunters, adjust to the terrain, and adjust your blind to maximize your public land experience. Our Stump blinds will adjust right along with you. You should keep your state’s regulations in mind every time you hunt, including when you’re hunting on public land. If you’re willing to adapt and know what to do with your blind, then your public land experience should be a positive one.
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