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Keeping vandals, thiefs and trespassers off your land.

How do you all go about preventing unwanted visitors on your land? I recently came back from my hunting land and found the cattle panels that had been put together to make an enclosed feeding area for pheasants gone as well as the posts they were tied to. On top of that I have had a wood burner for a small shack taken as well as one time someone even attempted to steal the shack, which is a converted old hog shed. I know it's pretty much impossible to prevent these things and the best advice is to not leave anything valuable out in rural areas where you don't live but perhaps you guys/gals might have some creative ideas besides the usual no trespassing signs. Also, any stories about things walking off on your land or encounters with thief's or trespassers? What do you do when you catch someone on your land, give them a verbal warning or do you call them in?

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from fossilman wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

When I lived in North Dakota,people knew I was in the Army during the early "70's" so shooting at traspassers and thieves didn't bother me!
Hardly had any problems with that!
All I say was ask and I'll let you do what you want on my land...Fair is fair!

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from JM1993 wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

I like Vette's idea. I've never really had many people hunting on my land, but there are times when i'll venture out towards our property lines and find tape etc people put on trees to find way in/out.

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from boonecrockettguy wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

We have had a problem with property destruction and theft the past few weeks and months. One thing we tried was contacting the sheriff's office. They came out and set up an infrared camera that is hooked up so that if someone breaks the invisible "line" it will set an alarm off at the sheriff's office and they come out when that happens.

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from james@trailcamt... wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

We have had a lot of problems with poaching and trespassing during the hunting season to the point where it is becoming ridiculous. I have found deer shot opening morning with the antlers cut off and witnessed people shooting at deer in the dead of night with the their headlights on them. Also every time I go mushroom hunting on our properrty I run into several people with stupid excuses. I started a website where anyone can post their trail cam photos of these violators in the landowners home state and county. If it doesn't get them a citation, it will let everyone else in that county/state know who they are and what they drive. Hopefully it will deter future bad behavior.

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from AMM0 wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

I enjoy the sport of the trapping and really like the conibear idea. Anyone ever get their hand caught in a 220? *ouch!* It makes you learn a very fast and hard lesson. I'm guessing the trespasser and/or thief will realize this in short order. =)

It's a bummer to know that there's people out there who will simply destroy something because it isn't theirs. Not only are you on private property, but you have the audacity to destroy what isn't yours to begin with...? I'd call 'em in to the local DNR at the very least without any hesitation at all.

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from Smitty18 wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

sign reading
Tresspassers will be shot - survivors will be shot again.

A few conibears and bear foot holds help as well

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from sangcoacc wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

BTW, Bo, nice picture.

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from sangcoacc wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

The destructive part makes me wonder if you are dealing with teens, in part or in whole. We had a destructive neighbor kid a few years ago but this particular piece or property has a railroad running through. Because some of the destruction was ocurring to and on RR property a RR detective got involved. Problem solved shortly there after. My point is that I would notify authorities of the theft and destruction.

This stuff happens all the time. You can't be there 24/7. Spend enough time there though and you may just catch whoever is doing it, sooner or later.

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from Bo wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Back in the 80's, I had a friend who put up a sign on his property that said something like this:
This property is owned by a very bored ex Green Beret. DO NOT enter unless you are willing to play the game for keeps, winner take all.

It must have worked, he never had many people trespass on his property and yes he meant it.

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from vette wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I put up a simple sign on my tree stands:
IF YOU ARE READING THIS SIGN IT MEANS YOU HAVE BEEN CAUGHT ON A TRAIL CAMERA
LEAVE QUICKLY BY THE SAME ROUTE SO THE SAME CAMERA CAPTURES YOUR DEPARTURE
THAT WAY THE TIME STAMP WILL SHOW YOU LEFT AND I WILL NOT PRESS CHARGES
This has reduced the number of people using my favorite stands!

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

This a tough issue without a one size fits all answer. Taking down all the No Trespass signs on my property has greatly reduced almost totally eliminated vandalism and trespass. The previous owner was not a local resident he had a sign up at least every 50'with lots of trespassers who just wanted to show him. After closing on the property I made the rounds and took down all the signs. After all the signs were on property lines, the folks on the other side are my neighbors. Why insult them with signs while they are out enjoying their property. I made a point of introducing myself, let them know I too hunt and wouldn't mind them hunting on my land. Assuming they too share their land and we each ask before hunting in order to not mess up the others hunt. My neighbors now help protect my land as I do theirs.
Most times when someone from out of town buys a piece of property all the local folk know it immediately because the first thing the new owner does is post his land. This is taken as an insult by neighbors and other local folk.
Good luck.
later,
charlie

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from MWK_MN wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Just thought I would add that we do allow people to hunt our land, for the most part, when they call and ask for permission. I am aware of the fact that this is important as far as the future of hunting is concerned. Fewer places to hunt will result in fewer people getting into hunting, which as we all know is exactly the opposite of what we need right now.

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from MWK_MN wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

jacy1515, I feel your pain. I have thought about putting out trail camera's to catch photo's of them but I know that if they find the camera's, which is likely they will, those will be gone too. Or in your case just destroyed. AArrrgghhh...It's really frustrating. In a perfect world I would like to have no no trespassing signs and allow people to hike/ enjoy nature without the need to call and ask. But for liability reasons and not getting things stolen I feel the need to post signs all over, even on ag land that doesn't legally require posting. It seems that people have the mentality that if there is no sign than that means they are welcome on the land. Or at least they will have a good excuse when caught. I just wish these few bozos didn't have to ruin it for everyone else.

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from jacy1515 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

DJH they have been stealing my cameras also.so it does no good to put them out unles you can conceal them.They even destoyed one that i had a bearproof device on.They couldn't get it so they beat it to pieces.Makes you want to hurt someone for this thievery kinda like the government.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

people been catching them on the trail cameras alot lately they even have a live feed internet trail camera if one has the $ for such things. If that dont work good ol' fashion but kicking might do the trick.

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from jacy1515 wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

Put your name or an id # on your stuff and put it up where you can find it.Ya call them in after ya make them tell where the rest of your stuff is.Can you say conibear with warning signs.They do one hell of a job.

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from The Captain wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I helped my buddy out in this particular situation out at his cabin. We were able to catch who was doing it... let's just say they were running when I caught them, and they were limping after I was done with them. We never had any problems after that.

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from MWK_MN wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

thieves, sorry

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from The Captain wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I helped my buddy out in this particular situation out at his cabin. We were able to catch who was doing it... let's just say they were running when I caught them, and they were limping after I was done with them. We never had any problems after that.

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from MWK_MN wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

thieves, sorry

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from jacy1515 wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

Put your name or an id # on your stuff and put it up where you can find it.Ya call them in after ya make them tell where the rest of your stuff is.Can you say conibear with warning signs.They do one hell of a job.

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from jacy1515 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

DJH they have been stealing my cameras also.so it does no good to put them out unles you can conceal them.They even destoyed one that i had a bearproof device on.They couldn't get it so they beat it to pieces.Makes you want to hurt someone for this thievery kinda like the government.

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from vette wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I put up a simple sign on my tree stands:
IF YOU ARE READING THIS SIGN IT MEANS YOU HAVE BEEN CAUGHT ON A TRAIL CAMERA
LEAVE QUICKLY BY THE SAME ROUTE SO THE SAME CAMERA CAPTURES YOUR DEPARTURE
THAT WAY THE TIME STAMP WILL SHOW YOU LEFT AND I WILL NOT PRESS CHARGES
This has reduced the number of people using my favorite stands!

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

people been catching them on the trail cameras alot lately they even have a live feed internet trail camera if one has the $ for such things. If that dont work good ol' fashion but kicking might do the trick.

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from MWK_MN wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

jacy1515, I feel your pain. I have thought about putting out trail camera's to catch photo's of them but I know that if they find the camera's, which is likely they will, those will be gone too. Or in your case just destroyed. AArrrgghhh...It's really frustrating. In a perfect world I would like to have no no trespassing signs and allow people to hike/ enjoy nature without the need to call and ask. But for liability reasons and not getting things stolen I feel the need to post signs all over, even on ag land that doesn't legally require posting. It seems that people have the mentality that if there is no sign than that means they are welcome on the land. Or at least they will have a good excuse when caught. I just wish these few bozos didn't have to ruin it for everyone else.

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from MWK_MN wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Just thought I would add that we do allow people to hunt our land, for the most part, when they call and ask for permission. I am aware of the fact that this is important as far as the future of hunting is concerned. Fewer places to hunt will result in fewer people getting into hunting, which as we all know is exactly the opposite of what we need right now.

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from sangcoacc wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

The destructive part makes me wonder if you are dealing with teens, in part or in whole. We had a destructive neighbor kid a few years ago but this particular piece or property has a railroad running through. Because some of the destruction was ocurring to and on RR property a RR detective got involved. Problem solved shortly there after. My point is that I would notify authorities of the theft and destruction.

This stuff happens all the time. You can't be there 24/7. Spend enough time there though and you may just catch whoever is doing it, sooner or later.

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from Smitty18 wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

sign reading
Tresspassers will be shot - survivors will be shot again.

A few conibears and bear foot holds help as well

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from AMM0 wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

I enjoy the sport of the trapping and really like the conibear idea. Anyone ever get their hand caught in a 220? *ouch!* It makes you learn a very fast and hard lesson. I'm guessing the trespasser and/or thief will realize this in short order. =)

It's a bummer to know that there's people out there who will simply destroy something because it isn't theirs. Not only are you on private property, but you have the audacity to destroy what isn't yours to begin with...? I'd call 'em in to the local DNR at the very least without any hesitation at all.

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

This a tough issue without a one size fits all answer. Taking down all the No Trespass signs on my property has greatly reduced almost totally eliminated vandalism and trespass. The previous owner was not a local resident he had a sign up at least every 50'with lots of trespassers who just wanted to show him. After closing on the property I made the rounds and took down all the signs. After all the signs were on property lines, the folks on the other side are my neighbors. Why insult them with signs while they are out enjoying their property. I made a point of introducing myself, let them know I too hunt and wouldn't mind them hunting on my land. Assuming they too share their land and we each ask before hunting in order to not mess up the others hunt. My neighbors now help protect my land as I do theirs.
Most times when someone from out of town buys a piece of property all the local folk know it immediately because the first thing the new owner does is post his land. This is taken as an insult by neighbors and other local folk.
Good luck.
later,
charlie

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from Bo wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Back in the 80's, I had a friend who put up a sign on his property that said something like this:
This property is owned by a very bored ex Green Beret. DO NOT enter unless you are willing to play the game for keeps, winner take all.

It must have worked, he never had many people trespass on his property and yes he meant it.

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from sangcoacc wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

BTW, Bo, nice picture.

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from james@trailcamt... wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

We have had a lot of problems with poaching and trespassing during the hunting season to the point where it is becoming ridiculous. I have found deer shot opening morning with the antlers cut off and witnessed people shooting at deer in the dead of night with the their headlights on them. Also every time I go mushroom hunting on our properrty I run into several people with stupid excuses. I started a website where anyone can post their trail cam photos of these violators in the landowners home state and county. If it doesn't get them a citation, it will let everyone else in that county/state know who they are and what they drive. Hopefully it will deter future bad behavior.

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from boonecrockettguy wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

We have had a problem with property destruction and theft the past few weeks and months. One thing we tried was contacting the sheriff's office. They came out and set up an infrared camera that is hooked up so that if someone breaks the invisible "line" it will set an alarm off at the sheriff's office and they come out when that happens.

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from JM1993 wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

I like Vette's idea. I've never really had many people hunting on my land, but there are times when i'll venture out towards our property lines and find tape etc people put on trees to find way in/out.

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from fossilman wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

When I lived in North Dakota,people knew I was in the Army during the early "70's" so shooting at traspassers and thieves didn't bother me!
Hardly had any problems with that!
All I say was ask and I'll let you do what you want on my land...Fair is fair!

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