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Raised Platforms and Tree Stands
The following persons may hunt from a raised platform or tree stand:
- All bow and crossbow hunters.
- Bear and deer hunters when using a firearm.
- Fox and coyote hunters from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
All other firearm hunters are prohibited from using a raised platform
or tree stand. A raised platform means a horizontal surface constructed
or manufactured by a person that increases the field of vision of a
person using the horizontal surface beyond the field of vision that
normally would be attained by that person standing on the ground.
If you hunt on public land, your tree stand must be portable and
your name and address must be affixed in legible English that can be
easily read from the ground. Hunting platforms cannot be affixed or
attached to any tree by nails, screws or bolts; however, a "T" bolt or
similar device supplied by a tree stand manufacturer can be used.
Screw-in tree steps are illegal on public lands. It is illegal to
use any item that penetrates through the bark of a tree in the
construction or affixing of any device to assist in climbing a tree.
Scaffolds, raised platforms, ladders, steps and any other device
to assist in climbing a tree cannot be placed on public lands
any earlier than Sept. 1, and must be removed by March 1. A
permanent raised platform or tree stand may be used for hunting on
private land with the permission of the landowner.
It is unlawful to use an illegal tree stand, scaffold, step, etc.,
regardless of who placed it on public lands. Your name on a tree stand
or ground blind on public land does not guarantee exclusive use.