For both good and bad, people wander all over Devil’s Lake State Park’s 10,000 acres. You can go as far and as deep into the park as you wish, and you will never get far enough to avoid broken chairs and beer cans. Yeah, it’s kinda sad really.
On one of my recent wanderings deep in “back country” of the park I came across this wooden platform. It catches your eye after you’ve seen nothing but forest for a couple of hours! Either someone went through a lot of work to build a low-to-the-ground deer stand or Bear Grylls” was camping here… When it first caught my eye it looked like a burial platform.
When I got up close, I could see that the whole thing was held together with thin wire. There are no nails anywhere in the structure. On one side there are two logs bound between a two of the 3 trees to make steps. A few feet above the platform additional logs tied across two sides. These logs could hold up a rain tarp or simply be railings or a place to steady a gun. I don’t really know.
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Oh, and if you’re asking if this is “legal” in a state park… well.. that’s complicated. I can say that deer stands have to come down at the end of the hunting season and wrapping a bunch of wire around living trees and leaving it there is probably “frowned upon” as well. On the other hand with 10,000 acres and less than handful of rangers, who’s gonna check?