Don’t hang tree stands from power poles, war­dens say

The Wichita Eagle - - News - BY CHANCE SWAIM [email protected]­chi­taea­gle.com

West­ern Kansas isn’t known for its trees, but that didn’t stop one hunter from get­ting cre­ative when it came time to hang a deer stand.

Ri­fle sea­son for deer hunt­ing opened in Kansas on Wed­nes­day, and tree stands give hunters a higher van­tage point to spot deer in the dis­tance. As the name im­plies, a tree stand needs a tree — or some­thing sim­i­lar — to stay in place.

In­stead of us­ing the trunk of a tree, some­one in west­ern Kansas hung a metal lad­der stand from a power pole, just feet be­low elec­tric lines, ac­cord­ing to a pho­to­graph cap­tured by a game war­den be­fore the stand was taken down.

The photo was shared on a Kansas De­part­ment of Wildlife, Parks and Trans­porta­tion Face­book page Thurs­day morn­ing.

Face­book users, al­most im­me­di­ately, gave their opin­ions in the com­ment sec­tion.

Some made jokes. “Ru­mor has it, a tree stand on an elec­tri­cal pole at­tracts the nose of Ru­dolph,” wrote Drew Kuchera. “But I’m not sug­gest­ing hunt­ing a rein­deer, es­pe­cially be­fore Christ­mas.”

“Looks like a typ­i­cal ri­fle hunter to me,” Michelle Hunt wrote.

Oth­ers — like the game de­part­ment and the power com­pany — were not amused.

“Need­less to say, the power com­pany was less than im­pressed,” a post by KWPT-Game War­dens says.

“Please never put a stand on a power pole. No big game is worth your life,” the post says.

Oth­ers used the op­por­tu­nity to throw shade at util­ity rates.

“Well I’m less than im­pressed with the rates of the power com­pany, can you have them taken down too? Ask­ing for a friend,” Jeff Kennedy wrote.

All jokes aside, Kansas Hunt­ing Reg­u­la­tions ex­plic­itly pro­hibit hang­ing tree stands on power poles. Game war­dens en­cour­age all hunters to read and un­der­stand the rules and reg­u­la­tions, avail­able for free on­line and at lo­ca­tions where hunt­ing li­censes are sold, be­fore hunt­ing in the state.

“Stu­pid­ity isn’t il­le­gal,” wrote Randy Eil­erts. “But a tree stand on a power line is.”

KDWPT

A hunter in west­ern Kansas hung a tree stand from a power pole. That’s against the rules, the Kansas De­part­ment of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism said.

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