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Tresspassers on Private land

Well another hunting season is behind us and like always we had to get nasty three different times during the week and a** chew some tresspassers on our private POSTED land. What is wrong with these people. I know they can read because they got a licence.
First Encounter: First guy comes walking down the property trail crosses our bridge and starts to walk up to us sitting on our deck, in orange, as we were watching the sage hillside for a wondering mulie buck. Hubby told the guy he was tresspassing and to go two ridges up then north to get off our property. The jerk only went one ridge up and when he was out of site of the cabin shot his rifle. By the time my husband got on the ATV and rode to the road the jerk shot two more times. When asked he said he was target practicing. Yeah right, lets piss off the land owner that just kicked me off their property by shooting a few rounds. Needless to say when asked if we needed to get the game warden or sherriff he decided he was in the wrong and apologized.
Second encounter: We have a big swinging wooden gate on the drive way. Coming off the main road to our drive way we have three no tresspassing signs on each side of the lane. On the 12" diameter gate post for the swinging gate I have "Not a through road", "Private Drive", and " If I beat you back to this gate your vehicle will be locked inside and you can get the sherriff to come get it". Two ATV's with idiots that evidently can't read come driving in. Hubby is in his town house tree stand and yells at them loud enough over the ATV's to get them to stop. When they finally stop they see the barrel of a 7 mag pointing at them. "Oh sorry" didn't know this was private. Come on people, this is getting damn tiring. After an a** chewing they turned around and left. Needless to say ruining the evening hunt for hubby.
Third encounter: 7:30 AM two old boys from another state that happened to talk to one of the owners of our cabin two years ago come driving in. Hubby yelling at them as they casually drive by his tree stand. By the time he gets out of the tree stand and RUNS to the cabin, these two "good ole boys" are walking out of our cabin. Well they mentioned the right name and apologized but who comes to eat breakfest at 7:30 am during hunting season. Idiots that's who.
I think next year I am going to make good on the closed gate thing. I think I can make enough money off tresspassers to buy a couple of beef or have some damn nice ATV's or pickups. Give me your opinions, are these people just idiots "Well we didn't see any signs" or are these hunters just getting desprite and don't care if they tresspass if it may mean shooting an animal? Even if they would shoot something it is on private land. I don't get it.

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I would say the bottom line

I would say the bottom line is these folks are morons and just do not care, especially the one who fired the shots. I would have called the sheriff on that fool. Sad to say but there are several folks out there that have a tag and a gun but are not hunters in the classic ethical meaning. All you have to do is read all the posts about slobs who call themselves hunters to figure out we as hunters need to be very diligent in doing what is correct. Closing your gate will help with your road situation but as for folks who just walk on I would have no issue calling the game warden or sheriff to give them a citation. One situation I can see as ok is if they are injured looking for help or so lost they just want to get back to camp but see those as few and far between.

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Sorry to read your post.  I

Sorry to read your post.  I wish more respect was shown to you and your husband.

I agree with SGM--I would have called the game warden or sheriff on the fool who proceded to fire his gun on your property.  He should have felt lucky to not have been cited for trespassing, let alone start shooting after he is out of sight.  Hopefully, it didn't ruin your season and make it too difficult to enjoy your time there.

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Were any of these guys headed

Were any of these guys headed to the Cabin to ask permission?  The guy that fired the rounds you should have definitely prosecuted.  You said something about pointing a 7mm at one guy.  That can get you put in jail if the other guy didn't threaten hubby first. 

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Tresspasser

I can understand your frustration. I use to be a public land only hunter and I can tell you it's hard sometime because eventually it becomes so populated. Recently a friend and I got a hunting lease that we have long term. And like a lot of private property owners/leassors we have tresspassers even after there are numerous signs posted. But I think you handle the situations wrong. Chances are these people saw the signs and ignored them, most likely out of frustration of their own by not having anywhere to hunt were there isn't ready someone around every tree.

The first guy you probably should have called authorities on, but at the same time your husband should have had the authories called on him for pointing a loaded gun at someone. Were they on your property? yes, but if they aren't being agressive then chances are you shouldn't be pointing a gun at them. It seems like everytime you confront someone it starts out a** chewing on your end. You might as well accept that you like a lot of private owners/leassor are going to have tresspassers, going off on them isn't going to stop the next guy from coming in. What I do is politely ask them to leave, and then explain that if I see them on my property again I'm going to call the authorities on them, but I do it in a non agressive way. Last thing I want to do is cause a confrontation over tresspassing w/someone else who has a loaded gun, to many crazy people in out there to get shot over something like that if you ask me. With all the things that happen in the world and more specifally last couple days I think to myself how lucky I am that one of the biggest problems in my life is tresspassers while hunting, because not everyone is so fortenate. So my advice, is to relax, politely ask them to leave, and just realize that you're going to have tresspassers. Is it right for them to be on your property? nope, but it is what it is, and more than likely isn't going away.

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Tresspassing.

blb078 wrote:

I can understand your frustration. I use to be a public land only hunter and I can tell you it's hard sometime because eventually it becomes so populated. Recently a friend and I got a hunting lease that we have long term. And like a lot of private property owners/leassors we have tresspassers even after there are numerous signs posted. But I think you handle the situations wrong. Chances are these people saw the signs and ignored them, most likely out of frustration of their own by not having anywhere to hunt were there isn't ready someone around every tree.

The first guy you probably should have called authorities on, but at the same time your husband should have had the authories called on him for pointing a loaded gun at someone. Were they on your property? yes, but if they aren't being agressive then chances are you shouldn't be pointing a gun at them. It seems like everytime you confront someone it starts out a** chewing on your end. You might as well accept that you like a lot of private owners/leassor are going to have tresspassers, going off on them isn't going to stop the next guy from coming in. What I do is politely ask them to leave, and then explain that if I see them on my property again I'm going to call the authorities on them, but I do it in a non agressive way. Last thing I want to do is cause a confrontation over tresspassing w/someone else who has a loaded gun, to many crazy people in out there to get shot over something like that if you ask me. With all the things that happen in the world and more specifally last couple days I think to myself how lucky I am that one of the biggest problems in my life is tresspassers while hunting, because not everyone is so fortenate. So my advice, is to relax, politely ask them to leave, and just realize that you're going to have tresspassers. Is it right for them to be on your property? nope, but it is what it is, and more than likely isn't going away.

Well said. Sometimes land owners can over react. I understand it's your land and lively hood but most people aren't out to destroy your land. I had a land owner threaten me once when we were sitting on a public road glassing the public property on the other side of his property. We were doing nothing wrong yet he still wrote down our lisence plate and cussed us out for 30 minutes. I do agree if someone comes on your property to ask for permission, don't be a jerk about it, just nicely say no we don't allow it. Don't yell at us just for asking it makes hunters scared to ask for permission and maybe just trespass instead. If someone is willing trespassing and ignoring signs, they should be punished for it, I wouldn't threaten to shoot them though.

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First off, if you have a gate

First off, if you have a gate on your road, I would be locking it during hunting season. That will at least eliminate the people coming in on ATVs and in vehicles from the equation. For ones that walk in I would be polite, as mentioned above because an a** chewing isn't going to get it and may get your cabin vandalized or worse by someone you pizz off. If they are seen a second time, then don't confront them, but call authorities to take care of it and prosecute them for trespassing. Owning land can be a real pain in the wazoo and that's just the way it is because of some people that are just plain bozos!!!

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Wow! Seems like it's a

Wow! Seems like it's a trespassers magnet zone. I guess it would be fine to make reports to the sheriff.

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Keeping the gate closed is a

Keeping the gate closed is a no brainer. I'm not sure why you wouldn't do that after the first guy walked in.

Tresspassing in Colorado can be a challenge. Land owners don't need to post anything, or fence it. That's no excuse for hunters, because it's on maps for all to see, but when it's not fenced it's hard sometimes to find the boundry's. I usually just give alot more room than needed to be safe. It would be so much easier if Colorado would make land owners mark their property.

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We have kept the gate closed,

We have kept the gate closed, which is a pain to us when we are going out hunting. Stop get out of the truck open the gate get back in the truck pull forward stop close the gate etc. I have 8X10 white signs on both gate posts, it is a big wooden swinging gate. And we have spent hours walking the property boundry and hanging up yellow no trespassing signs only to have hunters?? tear them all down. So we made stencils and spray painted in florescent orange private property on trees and rocks, low and behold some jerks came along with axes and debarked/designed all the trees and tried to scratch it off the rocks. Just getting fed up with people trespassing. We don't only hunt our property but hunt the BLM/Forest service land also, but I know exactly where all the private land is at. You are correct in the fact that we don't want to get anyone mad enough at us they come back when we aren't around and burn the cabin to the ground. We are usually polite as can be to the walk on trespassers but when people drive through the gate with signs posted before the gate, on the gate and after the gate then if they aren't lost or looking for someone they deserve on hellofa azz chewing. Same as I would expect if I did the same thing to someone else. I think next year I am going to profit from it instead of azz chewing. Put up a bigger sign that says $500 trespassing fee and wait at the gate to lock them in then collect the money before letting them out. It is only a 25 mile walk to town to get the authorities if they don't want to pay the tresspassing fee.

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I only know one land owner

I only know one land owner that's near me. He has one sign on the gate to his property.

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