Don’t sweat it. Part of hunting public land is having people walk in on you whether or not they left a stand. Try having a guy walk past you right into the bedding area. That happens to me every year, finding a treestand is not a big deal.I hate thieves more than anything.
But I also hate when people leave stands and blinds on public land.
I hunted Yanahli the other day and got to an area I wanted to hunt. Nearby was a climbing stand left at the base of a tree.
Luckily, the person who owned the stand didn’t show up during my hunt. But what if he/she had? Is the person claiming this tree and/or this hunting area? Would they hunt in that tree despite me sitting nearby? Would they pull that stand while I am hunting, making noise in the process?
I hunt from the ground, but if some other person came there to hunt and wanted to hunt from that same tree? Would it be ok to move that stand in that case?
I just prefer to find only woods when I go into the public woods. Even in very remote areas, nobody should leave blinds or stands in my opinion.