The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a silent auction for 33 impounded deer stands and 11 sets of climbing sticks on Saturday, July 30 from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. at the special events lot, across the street from Lake Shelbyville’s new Project Office adjacent to the Government vehicle compound. Of these, 28 are commercial models in good condition and include ladder stands, lock-on’s, and climbing stands. During the past two years, 204 tree stands have been impounded on Lake Shelbyville for abandonment of personal property or failure to comply with posted restrictions.
The remaining stands were either home-made or in poor condition and were destroyed due to safety concerns. Proceeds from the auction will help fund the 3rd Annual Youth Deer Hunt held in October and the 22nd Annual Disabled Deer Hunt held in November. Anyone wishing to bid on any of the stands will be able to view all stands at the above date, time, and location.
Bidders will fill out a bid sheet with their contact information, the stand number(s) they are bidding on, the bid amounts, and a mandatory liability form holding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and any of its partners harmless in the event of a tree stand accident. Sealed bids will be opened Monday morning (August 1) and the high bidder(s) awarded the stand(s). For additional information on the silent auction or Lake Shelbyville’s Tree Stand Policy please contact Park Ranger Brock Key at (217)-774-3951.