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County Dislikes Elaborate Deer Stands

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Courtesy: St. Louis Co. Department of  Lands and Mines Courtesy: St. Louis Co. Department of Lands and Mines

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - 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 that he's seeing stands with stairways, decks, shingled roofs, commercial windows, insulation, propane heaters, carpeting, lounge chairs, tables and even occasionally generators.

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 shoot a buck.

Foresters in St. Louis County are annoyed by increasingly elaborate deer stands including many on public property that the county's land commissioner likens to "mansions" in the trees.

County Land Commissioner Bob Krepps says private landowners can do what they want, but that the tax-forfeited land that makes up nearly 1 million acres of county forest is public and supposedly open to all hunters. He says hunters who customize stands in these areas are inappropriately claiming public land as their own.

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