Awesome! Trespassers toast!

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by takeaction, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. takeaction

    takeaction New Member

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    A very good thing happened today! We have owned our land (32 acres) for 5 years now, and we always have trouble with trespassers during the hunting seasons. We put up signs, they tear them down. We warn them, they come back again. We call DNR, but the are too busy to chase trespassers (no surprise there as they really do stay pretty busy)... We have had our farm/gardening equipment stolen, broken, mutilated... We've also had some of our crops destroyed just because they didn't like where we put the garden on our own land? We finally had it, and put up the signs.

    Today, the day before deer gun season, Karen and I walked out on the land to see how many human and four wheeler tracks we would find, and if we were gonna get any free hunting supplies (we confiscate all gear we find on our land). There is no way to get on our property without walking past 3-4 no trespassing signs. We walked until my legs just couldn't take any more, and we headed back to the car (we parked on the lower end of the land).

    When we got close to the car, there was a police officer standing at the car! He called out "how ya'll doin?" when we were within hearing distance, and I replied with, "good! You're just in time!". He kinda looked at me with a surprised look on his face. I was carrying a carbon arrow that I found stuck in the ground. We got to the car and he asked if we owned the land. We answered and conversation ensued. It seems our neighbor at that end of the land, across the highway had seen us pull in. He didn't know it was us, and he called the police. THANK YOU! I have to get down there this afternoon when he gets home from work to thank him! Apparently he is fed up with all the trespassers as well! He didn't know my wife's car, he only knows my old truck, so he couldn't have known it was us.

    To get back to the story, we sat and talked with the officer telling him about all the problems we had with trespassers tearing up our stuff, AND of the 2 teenagers that DO NOT harm our land. Those 2 are really good kids, and we have no problem with them on our property! They actually respect the land and do no harm, ever. I handed him the arrow, and he said the same thing I told Karen. This arrow has been shot through a deer! I replied with yeap, it has the tell tale signs of it. It was an Easton 2219 with a muzzy broadhead (yes I use to bowhunt religiously before my back went out. LOL)

    After about 15 minutes of talking about it, he said he was going to ask a question on a personal level. We said ok,of course. He told us how he has been on the police force for 24 years, and is a hunter/gun education officer. That got my attention real quick! I am a firm believer in hunter AND gun education! He said that if he were allowed to hunt the land, he would police it as well, and protect it. I jumped all over that, and we now have a legal protector for our property! WOOHOO!:cool2:

    Now the trespassers don't just have to deal with me, they have a police officer watching for them! They're toast.:smile2:

    I know there are a lot of people that believe stopping trespassers is wrong... I don't care. They destroyed our property, so they don't get the chance anymore without legal action!
     
  2. baitchunker

    baitchunker New Member

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    that sounds like a really good set-up. congrats.
     

  3. bnewsom71

    bnewsom71 New Member

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    Congrats on getting someone to help watch over your property! I don't think you will find anyone in the BOC that will disagree with your attitude towards trespassers and how you deal with them. Again, congrats and good luck in gettin' them busted!
     
  4. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    There are?????
    I don't think you will find too many here.
    Good post...W
     
  5. takeaction

    takeaction New Member

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    Unfortunately yeah. LOL

    There are people on other websites that have different topics, like woodcarving, etc. that I go to that think YOUR land is their playground.

    Now... Having said this... I have no problem AT ALL with a photographer that wants some pictures of wildlife! Heck, I'll even take that person to the best spot on our property to get the pictures! They'll see fox, turkey, deer, rabbit, etc etc etc. Well, they will if they are still enough...LOL

    I have no problem with people that respect the land and property, like the 2 teenagers. I know them and their family, AND I have permission to patrol their grandparents land that is attached to our land, and take all hunting equipment that I find as evidence, and do with it what I please (I give it to one of our neighbor's kids that hunts). I've caught people walking with binoculers (spelling), and waved and said hello, and told them that they would have a "better chance of seeing animals if they sit (here, here or here)", and I went on about my day with them still there. It put a giant smile on their faces.

    The ONLY reason I stopped trespassing people is because of the ones that did damage, and stole stuff. The one that stole, was caught and we got our trailer back. But the destruction of property had to stop. I don't like being rude, or mean to people, and I won't unless I have no choice, like this now... But as I said, if someone comes and ASKS to go take pictures, or just have a nice walk, good on them, and have a good time on the land! :smile2:

    My medicines are kicking in from the long walk/standing, so I'm gonna stop here as I may have bored too many people already. LOL
     
  6. CATFISHING1

    CATFISHING1 New Member

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    thats good news. i have 5 acres and caught one of the nieghborhood guys on it with his friends. they were shooting guns, well when they came up my trail i confronted them. guy got mad started telling everyone he was going to kick my a$$. never happen.always told my nieghbors " if you want to shot just ASK. :cool2:
     
  7. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Congrats, that should help you out some with the trespassers
     
  8. boswifedeb

    boswifedeb USCA Jailhouse Lawyer

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    I'm sure you've worked hard to get your land and you deserve to be able to use and enjoy it any way you see fit. It makes no sense whatsoever how some people think they can just walk onto anyone's property anytime. HHHHMMMMM.... some well placed booby traps come to mind... but then they would probably turn around and sue you. Oh, well, hope your police friend can do some good. More power to you.
     
  9. Cheez

    Cheez New Member

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    I have a police officer hunting on my land as well. He is a friend of mine as well.No trespassers anymore and no poachers anymore. It is a good thing.:wink:
     
  10. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    I guess I am the one who always goes off on a tangent. I do think the landowner has the right to protect his property and allow access to whom he wants. It just galls me that a police officer seems to be trading on his office in order to hunt the land. I would have been more appreciative of the officer if he patrolled the land but hunted elsewhere. Seems as those that is a conflict of interest or malfeasance of office.
     
  11. takeaction

    takeaction New Member

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    AwShucks, That's not a tangent. :smile2: That went through my mind as well. And up until he said he was a hunter/gun education officer, it rattled my brain.

    This officer has a very good reputation in the community as being very friendly and helpful. He offered us deer meat from the kills, and even offered us some of his own deer meat from his overfull freezer. He is a bow/muzzleloader/gun hunter. He also said before asking that this was a personal question, not as an officer. Neither me nor my wife believe he is abusing his office. My wife's part-time boss, who is a judge also has no problem with this arrangement. If the judge would have said one bad thing, the arrangement would have quickly been annulled. :smile2:

    Having said all that, I want to thank you for your "tangent"! Reps for thinking of us, and posting what you felt! :smile2:
     
  12. ladyfish50

    ladyfish50 New Member

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    Wayne, I understand where you're coming from. Some years back, we had some stands that sat through the woods adjacent to a public road. We began to have a problem with someone hunting one of our pipeline stands. They'd leave their trash in the stands; cigarette packs, empty soda bottles, candy wrappers. The first time we just cleaned it up; the second time we left a note explaining that this was NOT a public stand, & to please not hunt there. The 3rd time, they had shoved the box stand over on it's side!! OK, no more!! We began to go by there regularly, during the week, & checking on it. Guess they finally had their fun & gave up; haven't had any other problems.
    I also agree about the kids that DON'T hurt anything. We know that during the off season they come in on 4wheelers, horses, etc, but nothing is ever disturbed. In fact, most of the tracks we find are on the main dirt roads going through the lease.
    Sometimes you just have to "give" a little; "Pick your battles", so to speak.
    Good luck to you & yours, & to all you other folks, this hunting season!
     
  13. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    Yep, but now you have to dismantle the Still and plow up the "Garden". And all the bodies,,,, whatcha gonna do about them???:wink::smile2::eek:oooh:
     
  14. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    I learned a long time ago, the time to ask permission to hunt isn't when a man is fuming mad and running you off. I've been turned down several times but have also been granted access to posted ground by taking the effort to find out the legal owner and go ask. The court house has a plat map that shows who the land owners are and it's public information.Bottom line is, if it's posted,,,ask first. If it's not posted,,,still ask. It's just common respect.:wink:
     
  15. Cheez

    Cheez New Member

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    And you can't shoot does when it isn't doe day either.:eek:oooh:
     
  16. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

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    You know it is ashame when you have to go through this amount of trouble to tell people to keep out. If you do not have the title are permission then stay off because it is not yours to use. Where do people get the ideal they have free rome of someones property? Wonder how if you went to there house and just started using it as you wanted?
     
  17. postbeetle

    postbeetle New Member

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    Let's see, let me get my pencil here. 365 days a year. 365 days that some dufuss might come on your ground. That cop will protect your ground just before, during and maybe a little bit after whatever hunting season he has licenses for. How many days is that? Let's assume he is hunting deer, bear, chipmunks, mushrooms, tree frogs, whatever he can get. Let's say 30 days a year. 365-30= 330 days you ain't covered.

    Unless your property is part of his regular patrol route, and he is on company time, and was "protecting" your property and I was his boss, I would can his rear end. He has to look over his shoulder all the time worrying about his commander. Now at 5 days per 40 hour week ya got approximately 240 days ya ain't covered.

    I doubt that he will show up at night or his wife's birthday or when he has to take one of his kids to dance class. He might even drink a little beer once in awhile and not want to be on the road.

    What I am getting at here Wayne is you in fact have something good going. Something is better than nothing and word might get around that that 'Ol Boy is on your side. I have considered leasing this ground to the Cop Shop personnel and let the world know. I am not disrespecting what you have done and why you have done it. My problem for the last 23 years I have owned private ground in a rural area is I can't win no matter what I do. I carry a 38 shouldered during hunting season. I rarely kill anything anymore but it seems the rest of the world has to get it's blood and testosterone fix which is fine, just not here. I am able to be on this property continually because I am retired. I have big mean dogs and a flock of guineas who let me know when someone is on this ground that shouldn't be. And I still can't win. Every year I am throwing, chasing, running someone out.

    The problem is that no one, no one has respect for the property of others. Until the Socialist State comes into existence and that ain't too far away I own it, I pay God knows how many taxes on it and I take care of it. I don't own the wildlife out there, but while their hoofs, wings, fins and creepy bellies are on my place I am the one responsible to keep them alive or dead if I so wish.

    Good luck, we all need it.

    John.
     
  18. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    "And you can't shoot does when it isn't doe day either."

    Good point, no "cheating", I mean "landowner management", anymore.:wink:

    No offense to you LEOs out there, but I have always found it to my advantage to keep you as far away as possible from anything that I am doing.:wink::big_smile:
     
  19. takeaction

    takeaction New Member

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    Indeed John. It leaves a LOT of days that we aren't covered. However, deer season is when we have our most problems. He will only be doing this while NOT on duty. At least that's the way I understood it. Even while not on duty, he is still a police officer, and can enforce the law. We don't do the garden anymore because my back is too far gone for me to be able to handle the work of it, so all of our equipment was moved back up to the house. There's nothing for the people in the summer to steal anymore. They can't steal from our house, because of the chickens/goats/dogs making all kinds of noise if you get close to the house. HEHE

    Now, having said that... My son took our old broken wheelbarrow down to the old garden spot in the spring of this year. A week later it was gone... Now WHY would someone steal a BROKEN wheelbarrow? I still don't understand that one... He put it right in the middle of the garden spot... I just don't get it...

    When word gets out that this officer is patrolling and protecting our land, I am hoping that deters most of the people from coming out there.:smile2::wink:
     
  20. Dano

    Dano New Member

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    I'm a believer in respecting others property. Be land, car or a borrowed tool.