Back in September, I had the perfect tree all picked out and prepped for saddle hunting. I was still in practice mode with my steps and saddle gear and not yet hunting out of it. Finally, on our gun season opener, I was going to take my saddle on it's maiden voyage. I parked, put my saddle on, loaded up pack and bow, and I was off. Finally! I topped the ridge and to my horror, there's a stand close to my spot! Correction, it's in THE tree I had so lovingly prepared! It's in PLOT land, open to hunting to anyone, but you need written permission from landowner to leave a stand unattended. Possible, but I have a certain amount of skepticism whether this person has that. That's beside the point. Point is, I was pretty disgusted with the situation to say the least. Pretty easy to tell fresh tree trimming and pretty easy to figure someone had a reason for doing it. And pretty unethical and inconsiderate to poach someone else's spot, IMO. Sure hope they appreciated my efforts! With the weather rapidly changing to too cold for tree sitting, I guess my gear will probably have to wait till next year to see any use. Truly bummed out!