Purple Paint Law

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November and December are busy months for Kansas hunters, with deer, upland bird, and waterfowl seasons in full swing. In the past, many landowners have purchased and posted "Hunting By Written Permission Only" signs on their property, which makes it easier for local conservation officers to check hunters and quickly know whether or not the hunters have permission to hunt.

In recognition of the task facing landowners in posting their property, the process was simplified last year through a law (32-1010) approved by the 2000 Kansas Legislature. In addition to traditional posting of signs with the "By Written Permission Only" designation, landowners can post the same legal message by placing an identifying purple paint mark on posts or trees around the area to be posted.

Each paint mark must be a vertical line at least 8 inches in length and the bottom of the mark no less than three feet nor more than 5 feet above ground. These marks need to be readily visible to any person approaching the property. This purple paint designation properly applied will mean that, just as with the "Written Permission"signs, it is unlawful for any person to take wildlife on land so posted without having in the person's possession the written permission of the owner or person in lawful possession of the land.

A can of purple spray paint used correctly can save landowners time and expense this year in controlling hunter access on their land. In the future, the annual maintenance and replacement of signs will also be much simpler. Questions and/or concerns about this new regulation should be directed to your local Wildlife and Parks representative or any agency office.

Hunters should also be alert for purple paint because it is being used much more than last year. It is always illegal to enter property without the landowner's permission, whether posted or not. However, this law makes posting -- to require written permission -- more convenient for the landowner.