Survey: Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Hunting Gear from Being Stolen

April 4, 2018 | by National Deer Alliance

Last week we asked our newsletter subscribers to tell us how they have been able to keep thieves away from their hunting gear that is left in the woods. We had a tremendous response, but narrowed it down to the 10 below, which represented the majority of all comments received. Some are just common sense, while other are things you may not have thought of.

  1. Stealth. My stands are well hidden and camouflaged. Bottom steps are removed. I wear camo, not to hide from deer, but to hide from other hunters to prevent them from seeing my location. My cameras are located where few other people go, and if there are other people, I hang the camera high.
  2. My hunting property boundaries are legally posted and I have a reputation in the area for prosecuting trespassers. The neighbors also know that while some of my cameras are set-up to catch deer, others are set-up to catch trespassers and poachers.
  3. Secure it, and make friends with your neighbors, then look out for each other.
  4. On public lands, I usually hunt and place equipment in areas that few other people will frequent, far from roads/trails, or other access points. On private land, I find out from the landowner if other hunters will be hunting the land, and get their names if I can.
  5. Frequent presence on the property and difficult access to it for trespassers.
  6. I make a habit of choosing stand locations away from easy access. Most people are too lazy to walk a half-mile through the woods and swamps of Florida to steal anything. Most people hunt near roads and easy access.
  7. Luck I guess. Never leave portable equipment after the end of hunting season. Remove cameras after the hunting season and put them back a month or two later. Seems my friends have things stolen a few weeks after hunting season. Thieves know activity at a hunting site will be low right after the season is over.
  8. Probably mostly luck but perhaps also locking simple stands to trees on my private property.  Arranging reciprocal blood trail rights with the neighbors, which helps implies they shouldn't be on the property at any other time. Also, positioning trail cams not just for wildlife capture, but for potential thieves as well.
  9. I only put equipment on private land with the permission of the landowner. To date I have never had anything stolen or destroyed. I am 71 and have been at this for a long time. I find that if I respect the landowner’s property, they will respect mine.
  10. Take all of it home at night.