28 replies [Last post]
hawkeye270's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Joined: 06/15/2008
Posts: 1862
Tresspassing

How big of a problem is tresspassing out there. Do you discover people hunting your lands often and what precautions do you take to keep them out?

ArrowHunter's picture
Offline
Location: Greenville, Michigan
Joined: 09/10/2010
Posts: 37
no response

I guess no one wants to rat on themselves.

I usually see fresh "no hunting" signs at the beginning of the season.  If I were a land owner I would strategically use trail cams to know when, where, and how trespassers get on my property.  The photos would also be great evidence in court to get a conviction. 

hawkeye270's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Joined: 06/15/2008
Posts: 1862
That's a good idea. You just

That's a good idea. You just gotta hope that the tresspassers don't notice that camera or you might be down a deer and a camera.

Ca_Vermonster's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: San Diego, CA
Joined: 07/27/2007
Posts: 5736
I hunt mostly public land, so

I hunt mostly public land, so it's not a problem.....

ecubackpacker's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: NC
Joined: 09/11/2009
Posts: 1639
It can be a big problem in

It can be a big problem in the better places to hunt. Signs don't work if you aren't there to show your face.  Some of the more difficult trespassers to catch are the ones that have someone drop them off and return later to pick them up. It's nearly impossible to catch them.

hawkeye270's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Joined: 06/15/2008
Posts: 1862
I guess I was trying to get

I guess I was trying to get at if anyone had any stories of actually having to confront tresspassers. It seems like things could escalate quickly and it would not be a situation that I would like to find myself in. There is no good confrontation when weapons are present and it would really take some cool headed thinking. Anyone out there have an experience they would want to share?

Offline
Joined: 10/25/2010
Posts: 4
Trespassing

Have a farm in Iowa and have had this problem.  Actually found a guy sitting in a stand I placed over a foodplot, claiming he didn't know he was trespassing.  When I walked with him to his car, he passed a no trespassing sign not 10 feet away.  We ended up using a lot of trail cams and got pictures of the people coming in, and in one case got a license number and prosecuted.  The word got out pretty quick and the problem took care of itself.  i know they took some big boys from the property, but can't do anything about it today, only try and prevent it in the future.

hawkeye270's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Joined: 06/15/2008
Posts: 1862
Pleading ignorance seems like

Pleading ignorance seems like it would be just too darn easy for tresspassers. I am not quite sure how that guy that was sitting in your stand thought that he could act like he thought he was on public land. That is pretty rediculous. I could never tresspass and hunt someone's stand... I would be terrified that I was going to get shot. The guys that tresspass might not have much brains but they have got balls!

ecubackpacker's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: NC
Joined: 09/11/2009
Posts: 1639
Hawkeye wrote: "Pleading

Hawkeye wrote: "Pleading ignorance seems like it would be just too darn easy for tresspassers. I am not quite sure how that guy that was sitting in your stand thought that he could act like he thought he was on public land."
That is the reason North Carolina has enacted laws to combat this. In several of the heavily hunted counties, it is required to have written permission from either the land owner or leasee. It doesn't matter if the land is posted or not. If you don't have written permission then you'll get a ticket.
I believe it's only a matter of time before the law goes state wide.

CVC
CVC's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Kansas
Joined: 03/04/2006
Posts: 3586
You know, it is quite funny

You know, it is quite funny to think about the audacity some hunters display when tresspassing.  Would anyone come into someone's backyard and just use their grill and swimming pool like they own it?  Yeah, maybe someone would, but not too many people, but there are too many stories about people using other people's stands on private property.

I hunt on private property and there is another guy that hunts there too.  I know when he is going to be there, but I woudn't think of using his stand.  I bet he'd give me permission as I'd give him permission to use my stand if I wasn't hunting, but I'd never do it without asking and don't even think I'd ask as a man's stand is kind of personal.

Offline
Location: Dunn County WI
Joined: 02/11/2009
Posts: 20
Turn them in and Prosecute!

If you catch one, turn them in to the sheriff and the word will get out that you don't put up with it. After that it will take care of its-self.Big smile

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
Colorado Unit 30 advicebailer202/18/2011 13:43 pm
MO Rifle season opening, are you having ANY troble with.....BowLady903/28/2006 22:10 pm
Tresspassers on Private landwonderwoman1001/03/2013 17:41 pm