Keep It Posted
At some point or another you will have an experience with a trespasser. Stopping poachers is usually what comes to mind when hunters talk about posting their land, but there are many other reasons to do so. Unfortunately, in most cases your land needs to be posted in order for a trespasser to be charged. Here are just a few reasons why you should post your land.
Poachers: The first reason is because of the ill-willed so-called hunters who will stoop to such low levels to shoot a deer that they will hunt on a property without permission. Whether it be from a dirt road, your treestand, or your property in general, they are seeking a quick entry and exit. Possessions such as portable treestands and trail cameras have a tendency to disappear when these types of trespassers begin to wander. Your property needs to be clearly marked with NO TRESPASSING or POSTED signs, especially if your property has road frontage or a lengthy entrance path. Also, be sure to post all boundaries of your property. While most poachers are too lazy to sneak around the back acreage of your property, there are still other types of trespassers.
Wanderers: These are the occasional weekend hunters who somewhat know the property lines. They may not have up-to-date maps or could just lose their bearings when hunting, resulting in more walking than productive hunting. This can result in a wandering hunter who crosses the property lines and ends up on your property without realizing it. Usually these hunters just bump wildlife around but as you can imagine, they can put themselves as well as yourself, in a dangerous situation. If they are unaware of the property boundaries they could eventually end up walking by one of your hunting setups, or crossing your path during low-light conditions.
Trespassing is not limited to deer hunting. Turkey season can be particularly dangerous when a hunter is lacking blaze orange and mimicking sounds of a wild turkey. This is yet another reason why you should take the time and effort to properly post your property.
Many states, North Carolina included, have passed laws where purple paint can be painted on trees and power lines at pre-determined intervals. The swatches of paint are typically spaced out in 300 feet intervals and roughly four feet off the ground. Even if this is not an option, your money is well spent when purchasing no trespassing signs.
There is much more at risk from not posting your land than the possibility of losing a nice buck by the hands of a poacher. Protecting yourself, as well as your family and friends whom you hunt with is your top priority. Take the time of clearly mark your property lines and ensure you have a safe hunting environment.