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Monkeying Around in Tree Stands

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Some good discussion on the FS General Hunting Forum today in response to the question, “Is it ethical to sit in a vacant tree stand [on public land]?”

Answers from FS members range from never, to not without permission, to okay as long as you leave if asked. Also the topic is brought up about abandoned stands on public land.

As one would expect in a public forum, there's no consensus on the answer, but the threads are an interesting window into the minds of Florida hunters.

Meanwhile, wildlife officers from the FWC are helping chase a rhesus monkey spotted in a tree in a Palm Coast neighborhood. According to the Daytona Beach News Journal officers had the animal treed and darted with a tranquilizer, but couldn't figure out how to get the critter down from the tree. When the tranquilizer wore off, the monkey recovered and took off down the street, leading officers on a chase. The monkey is still at large.

So what's this news item have to do with tree stands on public lands? Don't be a monkey in someone else's tree!

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