The truth of the matter is that the only surefire way to prevent treestand theft entirely is to never leave a stand in the woods when you’re not using it.
The truth of the matter is that the only surefire way to prevent treestand theft entirely is to never leave a stand in the woods when you’re not using it. If a thief wants it bad enough, he’ll get it. The good news is that most treestand thefts are crimes of opportunity, and not carefully planned capers.
“Most people aren’t going into the woods looking for treestands to steal,” said Treestand Manufacturers’ Association President John Louk. “They’re just in the area, and if they see one available, they’re going to take it.”
As a former criminologist, I can tell you that a treestand thief is no different from any other thief. They tend to be lazy, and don’t like working hard for anything, including your treestand. The key to preventing theft is to make your stand difficult to steal. Here are some ways to do this:
Conceal your stand. Set your treestand deeper in the woods, away from heavily used trails or places where your stand is easy to spot by a hunter walking by or by using a pair of binoculars. If a thief doesn’t find your stand, it can’t be stolen.
“Most bowhunters are avid hunters who conceal their stands well so the deer don’t see them,” added Lively. “But I still see a lot of hunters on public land who only walk in about 100 yards and place their stand where it’s easily found.”