Crow Wing County Land Services is reminding hunters that all portable tree stands or free standing stands must be removed from County managed public lands on or before Jan. 1.

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 will end on Dec. 31. Permanent hunting stands are also prohibited by the ordinance.

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.

For further information on the county Hunting Stand Ordinance, please contact Crow Wing County Land Services at 218-824-1010 or visit the Crow Wing County website at www.crowwing.us

Land Services manages 105,000 acres of forest land for timber production and diverse recreational opportunities for multiple users. The sale of timber at public auctions funds the county’s management of these lands, while providing revenues to local communities. County forest lands are managed to strict environmental standards established by both the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Minnesota Forest Resources Council.