In my part of the woods, but I have encountered a few abandoned ones &
even used one to harvest a deer 10 years ago near Spirit Lake! But, the area
around it got clearcut the next year rendering it useless! I found a very old
one near St Maries this year but it was too unsafe to use & it was located
much above the elevation that the few elk in the area were frequenting! The
"still hunting" method is the most popular way of harvesting game here...
as long as there "is game to hunt"! I could have harvested a very nice buck,
this season... but, I still have a lot of deer meat in the freezer!