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What is the proper way to handle trespassers tree stands?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by playininthedirt, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. playininthedirt


    Mar 5, 2009
    We have found several tree stands, game cameras, portable blinds etc... On our property.

    We have checked with the few hunters that do have permission to hunt on the property and they aren't theirs.

    Would I legally be able to remove the stands, etc and do with them as I please?

    No tresspassing signs have been posted and obviously ignored.

    Some disrespectful sob's are in for a rude awakening when they figure out that the 1000+ acre free for all is over.

    Any thoughts and advice would be appreciated

    Posted using Outdoor Hub Campfire
  2. Nest


    Nov 3, 2009
    I would play it safe at first since you don't know the types you are dealing with. People can get pretty weird about property if you were to screw with it. I would take anything you find down, and leave it at the base of the tree where you found it with a note telling them that the free ride is over, and to just take their stuff and leave. Give them a chance to pick up their toys and go home quietly with their tail between their legs. It's not worth getting into a fight, or getting shot over. If this property is where you live, remember that they know where you live and you have no clue who they are. So that's why I would tread lightly and try not to stir crap up.
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  3. grecco


    Sep 12, 2004
    philadelphia pa
    contact your local game warden,
    if they do not have permission to access your land,
    they are trespassing.
    jab likes this.
  4. bust'em up and dump'em on the side of the road. or sell them.
  5. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Stack all the crap in your yard and have them come and claim it; if they are so inclined. At that time you tell them it is trespassing and the LEO/Game Wardens are being asked to check the property periodically.

    Someone will always be upset that you will not let them do anything they want on your property. It's the way some people are. You can't make this easy no matter what you do. So do something. Protect yourself too.
  6. Batesmotel


    Apr 5, 2007
    Take the cameras and stands and turn them over to the cops when you file a report so no one can accuse you of theft.

    When you file the report get an incident or case number and keep it on file. That way you were the first to start a paper trail if there are problems latter.

    You could always find where they park when they are trespassing and get creative. :whistling: For legal reasons I disavow any knowledge of such activity, but it is damn effective.
  7. NDCent

    NDCent Socially Inept

    Mar 19, 2010
    I'd suggest checking state law. In Missouri the hunter must know where they're hunting; signs, fencing, or painted tree boundaries are no longer needed by the land owner.
    jab likes this.
  8. GarySTL

    GarySTL NRA Life Member

    Aug 1, 2005
    Warrenton, MO
    Take them down and place at the foot of the tree. Place your own cameras to capture images of the owners for future identification.
    jab likes this.
  9. TK-421


    Oct 12, 2012
    Pflugerville, TX
    Contact your game wardens and tell them you have trespassers who are ignoring posted signs and ask for their advice.
    jab and Fred Hansen like this.
  10. Dave514


    Jul 6, 2013
    Take all of it to the police. Tack up a note saying they can pick it up there and no charges will be filed this one time. All subsequent articles will be confiscated, not returned and their owners prosecuted.
    jab likes this.
  11. rednoved

    rednoved NRA Member

    Jul 8, 2012
    I would leave it at the foot of the tree with a notice, or let the authorities handle it. I would not recommend keeping their property, since there is no telling how they might react.
  12. rednoved

    rednoved NRA Member

    Jul 8, 2012
    BTW. We had another thread just like this one. Does anyone know how it turned out?
  13. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    I was gonna say shoot, shovel, shut up... :whistling::supergrin:

    ...but I like this idea best.
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  14. p.d.


    Aug 4, 2009
    Dry Ridge, Kentucky
    I vote for the leaving a note and the equipment at the base of the tree as a first step. Years ago my friend found a tree stand on his property and this is the route he took. It worked in that case with no drama or repeat. Heck, his note was even written in a pleasant tone.
  15. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

    Jul 28, 2008
    Up a tree.
    This is exactly what I would do as the first step. Second step is to remove the stands without damaging them and leave a note telling them they can come & get their stuff at my house. And leave directions to the house with specific hours when they would be, and when they would NOT be welcome to come. The police would not be called until step 3.
  16. Dave514


    Jul 6, 2013
    ".... And leave directions to the house with specific hours when they would be, and when they would NOT be welcome to come."

    Please rethink this.
  17. playininthedirt


    Mar 5, 2009
    I pulled the card out of one of the cameras, and apparently it belongs to the sheriffs son. >:-/ some of the stands may belong to him as well. He did post a lengthy rant on Facebook regarding the "lack of respect" for peoples property after he discovered one of his cameras was missing. And no, he does not have permission to hunt on the property.

    So one day this week when I have time I will be making a trip to town to visit with his dad. And for good measure I may just throw his ass under the bus in a response to his rant on Facebook. What's the worst that can happen? Him unfriending me over a verbal ass kicking? Lol

    And all unclaimed, unmarked stands are going to find a new home in my garage :)

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  18. Dave514


    Jul 6, 2013
    Wow, that's quite the twist.

    You sound confident that the sheriff will side with you. That's good.

    Yeah, I'd bust him good on FB. "Lack of respect"... Right. :upeyes:
  19. Diesel_Bomber


    Oct 25, 2008
    I like this.
  20. Jonesee


    Apr 16, 2009
    We've found them on the farm before.

    We take them down and lay them at the foot of the tree.

    The offenders have always gotten the message.
    jab likes this.