Minnesota Officials Bemoan Deer Stand 'mansions'

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Hunters are building elaborate platforms in Minnesota trees so that they can watch for deer in comfort.

Typical deer stands consist of a few boards nailed into a tree to allow hunters to see above the brush.

But St. Louis County Land Commissioner Bob Krepps tells The Duluth News Tribune he's seeing stands with stairways, decks, shingled roofs, commercial windows, insulation, propane heaters, carpeting, lounge chairs, tables and even occasionally generators.

Krepps calls the stands "mansions" in the trees.

The newspaper reported Sunday that one deer stand found on county land was an 18-by-20-foot cabin.

It says some hunters are even planting crops on public land to attract deer and make it easier to get a shot.


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  • by Jasper Location: Florida on Jul 9, 2012 at 01:48 PM
    Well good for them.No reason to freeze while you're hunting. Mean while the deer population is exploding in Florida. You can't plant a early patch of garden peas because the deer will eat them up. I have No idea where they go during hunting season but regular time they are MANY. They cost thousand of dollars eating up the farmers crop. I wish someone would put up a deer stand mansion in my neck of the woods, during the winter they can hunt, during the summer the grand kids can use it as a tree camp out house.
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