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Portable tree stands to be removed from county managed public land

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Crow Wing County Land Services reminds hunters that all portable tree stands or free-standing stands were to be removed from county-managed public lands by Jan. 1.

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The Crow Wing County Hunting Stand Ordinance states that portable tree stands must be removed no later than one day following the close of Minnesota’s big game hunting season, which ended Dec. 31. The ordinance also prohibits permanent hunting stands.

Portable tree stands or portable free-standing stands not removed from county-managed public lands are considered abandoned personal property and will be removed pursuant to MN Statute 345.15 and the Crow Wing County Hunting Stand Ordinance.

“The county ordinance regulates the use of hunting stands on county-managed public lands. The purpose of the ordinance is to minimize damage to trees, promote both public safety and equitable public use of the public land,” said Kirk Titus, Land Services supervisor. “Individuals who do not remove their stands are essentially making a claim or taking ownership for future use of a particular piece of county land. This is a violation of the ordinance.”

For more information on the county Hunting Stand Ordinance, contact Crow Wing County Land Services at 218-824-1115 or visit the Crow Wing County website at http://www.co.crow-wing.mn.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1191.

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