Why You Should Post Your Property
The days of being the only landowner with a strict management plan are long over. The question is no longer if you should manage your land, but what should you do management-wise to get an edge. This is a great problem to have. There is only one problem, this competition can get out of hand. It seems many hunters have lost sight of spending time with family and friends in the outdoors and some will do anything to kill the largest buck.
This increased level of competition can lead to some “hunters” poaching deer just to pretend they actually deserve to be in a picture with a mature buck. Of course not all competitive neighboring landowners are unsafe poachers. The question is, for the landowners, how can you stop any amount of poaching from happening to your property? The truth, it’s not easy task. When it comes to people trespassing on foot the best thing to do is to make sure that all of your land, even your property line way back in the swamp, is posted. In many states it’s almost impossible for a wildlife officer to write a citation to a trespasser even if they are caught in the act if the land isn’t posted. Luckily, expensive POSTED signs can be replaced by strips of purple paint on the trees on the perimeter of your property in specified intervals. Many other states have adopted a similar method of posting land. It is cheap, effective, and trespassers can’t rip paint off of a tree. Not all trespassers are have unscrupulous intentions. Even hunters who mean well and accidently trespass are endangering you and themselves. This is why posted signs are necessary, even if there is no poaching problem.
As for road hunters, who commonly use artificial light to poach from the highway, the best way to limit this incredibly dangerous form of trespassing is to plant a staggered strip of fast-growing trees along the road frontage of your property. It may take a few years before your property is concealed so planting visual screenings such as BioLogic’s Blind Spot will not only create a strip of cover but it will do so in one growing season. Planting trees and the annual cover at once will offer concealment almost immediately until the trees reach a height tall enough to be effective. A locking gate on the access roads are also a valuable asset to have. Only a few keys should be made to the lock and you should know at all times who is on the property. If someone is caught purposely trespassing on your property it is always best to be polite and notify the law. The wildlife officer will take care of business and things will be handled in an orderly fashion.
Stopping trespassers isn’t just to protect the wildlife you manage, it’s much more important that. Intentional and accidental trespassers are endangering not only themselves but anyone else who is hunting your property. You have the right to hunt safely on your property and the best way to ensure this is to post your land. Protect yourself but more importantly, protect what matters most, your family and friends.
~ Andrew Walters. Mossy Oak PropertiesClick here to return to our blog