Well, dammit, as I was browsing the site tonight, I realized I forgot to pick up my grunt call that I dropped out of my stand the other day. My buddy shot a good 8-point and I went off to help him drag it out, got back to my stand after dark, packed up my climber and took off - failing to remember to pick up my grunt.
And it's a prime location on public land, so by the time I get back, I'm sure it will be gone.
The grunt didn't have a lanyard or I'd have hooked it. I have 25 feet of paracord attached to the lift strap of my hunting waist pack. On the end I've tied one of those rubberized hooks that comes on a rachet strap. It's heavy enough that you can swing or throw it good - great for breaking off dead branches that are in your line of fire. Anyhow, I can hook most anything with it. Sometimes I leave my pack and weapon on the ground to make climbing easier. I put the hook in my pocket and climb. Then pull up the pack and secure it. Then hook my weapon.
But here's my question: What things have you dropped out of your stand? What methods or tips have you developed to prevent drops? or to deal with them?