Dealing with Trespassers on our Property: Protecting our Deer Trails and Food Plots

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  • Charles's avatar

    Disagree. Point away. Zero tolerance for trespassers, its the only way they get the message loud and clear. This isnt the first time, just the first time you caught him.

  • Darren's avatar

    Worst part is your local authorities don’t care and your local DNR officer is too busy. We’ve busted people every year and the same guy six times now and he even sits in our stands! They come out and jump shoot deer with buckshot so they wound more then they kill. We were told that trail cam pics are not admissible in court and they wouldn’t press charges unless they caught them red handed multiple times. It’s more then frustrating when you spend your life savings buying land, spend thousands on taxes and put labor into improving habitat and these worthless jokers just think it’s theirs to hunt. Let me know if you find a solution!

  • Dylan's avatar

    Do you have a contact number in the signs posted around your property? I cut down a lot of traffic on the lease I used to manage by doing this.

  • Devin's avatar

    @Charles I hear you and you make a great point. Going to start simple and add more no trespassing signs and see how it goes.

  • Devin's avatar

    @Dylan we have them close to the road but I’m going to take some more out there and put them a little deeper in the woods. Our property splits down the middle of the woods.

  • Devin's avatar

    @Darren we’re pretty rural in the area I’m from. The type of rural where you know everyone and if you don’t then your neighbor does. No one can recognize this guy. Which makes me think it was a mistake in location on his part. But it’s still frustrating.

  • Cameron's avatar

    @Devin Have several friends with you and sit out there and wait on him. Make a citizens arrest and haul him off to local police station.

  • Dylan's avatar

    Gotcha, sounds like he needs OnX. Haha!

  • Darren's avatar

    @Dylan yeah we’ve been putting them up yearly because they get shot up or torn down, problem is there’s a bunch of locals who’s yards back up to our property and they’ve learned our schedule so they mostly hunt during the week when we’re at work. We’ll bust them when we take a day off work to hunt. Problem is you have to be somewhat cool to them and politely ask them to leave or they’ll just come back and steal stands or do other destructive things. The DNR told us the best thing to do is to wait for them to kill something then call and get them on a poaching charge.

  • Appalachian's avatar

    Once upon a time one fine October morning I was bow hunting my parents land before they sold it. I could hear some light metallic sound on the ridge and had a decent idea of what was going on. I watched two dudes easing down the ridge digging all the Ginseng that was too young to harvest that I had left to grow. I was fairly livid. As most trespassers are, these guys were oblivious in the woods and I was able to slowly ease my climber to about 5 ft off the ground without them noticing from about 60 yards away. The made a turn and headed straight for my tree. I let them get about 10 feet away before I bailed out of the tree and drew down on them with my Ruger MkII. I said "Drop the root and get to stepping, and don't even think about looking back or I'll shoot you for the hell of it, don't you boys know nobody has ever been charged for a hunting accident in Tennessee? " Never did have anymore trouble after that.

  • Dylan's avatar

    @Darren It sounds like you have some very unpleasant people around you and that’s unfortunate. I think the advice of waiting to catch them poaching and call DNR is the best thing to do. I definitely don’t condone taking any aggressive action against anyone unless threatened or attempting to detain them. That’s what law enforcement is for. Most people may not realize it’s still technically illegal to brandish a weapon at someone even if it’s on your property when your life is not in danger. It can lead to potential jail time, fines, and losing your firearm. Sounds like you have been dealing with this for a while and have a good head on your shoulders. Best of luck!!

  • Darren's avatar

    Thanks man, owning your own land and dealing with trespassers is still better then fighting over spots on public land, can’t complain too much! Lol

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