Does this sound like a good approach? Too harsh? Too soft? What experiences have you all had?
New Hunting Property Question
We posted one of our lease borders with the yellow ribbon no trespassing tape. We wrapped every tree and often ran long lengths of ribbon to connect trees together. It worked very well and was also much more affordable than buying all signs.
Congrats on the land and good luck this season!
I plan to be there this coming weekend and the weekend after. With the bow opener this coming weekend, I hope to send a clear message that the property is under new ownership. I'm going to work out there mid-day so I don't disturb the neighbor's hunt. Based on advice given here, I am going to post it pretty heavily. I also plan to mow the access road as it's pretty grown up.
My dad owned a 40 near where we deer hunt currently on my uncle's farm. We lived nearly 300 miles away from the area and the locals new it. They used the property like it was public 51 weeks of the year. They stayed off the week we hunted it. We ran into a bow hunter who was trespassing one year when we showed up unexpectedly a few weeks before the gun hunt. Turned out that it was the neighbor. We came to an agreement with him that we would allow him to use the property if he chased trespassers off or got their license plate or back tag numbers for us. It worked out pretty well and I hope to form a similar relationship with a neighbor if possible.
Good point. Keeping your signs looking that way goes a long way to eliminating trespassing as well. Don't let the signs start to fade to the point they're unreadable, replace any that are damaged/removed/blow off/whatever, trim any limbs/brush that may block the signs from being viewed....
Keep the property looking as though you are serious about not allowing trespassing and be prepared to have any who do cited. It doesn't take long at all for folks to figure out who is serious about not allowing trespassing and who is lax.
If it isn't yours stay out! If it is too confusing for you to know the difference between private or public or MFL-open or MFL-close-open then don't hunt.
WI doesn't require land to be posted, MN does (if its not ag land anyway). Still...if you don't post it, good luck getting a LEO to write somebody a ticket.