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10/5/20 @ 1:58 PM
Bowhunting Guy
User since 5/22/18

Had to vent a little...

Yesterday, while at my cabin in the middle of the woods,  I hear voices up on my driveway. I drove up to see what’s going on, and find a guy holding a beer with his young daughter. At this point he’s a couple hundred yards off the public road.

I politely asked him how he was doing, and informed him he was on private property. He then looked at me like I had three heads. Thinking he didn’t get the point, I told him he just walked past three “no trespassing” signs. 

His response? “I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal”. 

Taking into account he had his young daughter with him, I was very calm and factual. I told him he’s walking right through the middle of my hunting and shooting land, and what he’s doing is illegal. 

He continued to push and said “he’s just going for a walk with his daughter”. I politely told him he should set a better example for his daughter by not blatantly ignoring trespass laws. After that, he turned around and left.

People never cease to amaze me. 

10/24/20 @ 9:45 AM
Patrick Thomas
User since 11/14/17

I can totally relate. In 1990 I purchased a hobby farm, at the end of a private road, where by land adjoined the Kiel Marsh State Wildlife Area.  The woman who owned the place prior, traveled throughout Europe most of the time so people seemed to think because she was gone...the place was theirs.  Within a week I posted a "Private Road" sign & it's amazing...more accurately disgusting that so many people continued a 1/3 of a mile past the sign, until they had to turn around, where one of my outbuildings were.  I let my dogs run loose as there was no worry of them being hit by cars.  So many of the people, obviously knowing they were tresspassing, wouldn't even slow down for a dog that ran to greet them.  The ignorance is truly sickening.  My first deer uncle helped me construct a tree stand in my woods along the marsh.  Didn't see anything in the morning.  With about 30 minutes of shooting inn the afternoon(shot more deer within the first & last hour) as everyone knows.  So I'm sitting in my new stand, in my new woods, first time ever owning country property...anticipating crunching leaves & a big buck to appear.  Instead I hear a car getting closer & closer.  Down one of my prairie hills comes a beat up car.  I couldn't believe what I was seeing.  Was there some kinda emergency I thought?  Guy gets out...just a blaze orange hat, grabs his gun from back seat and takes a few steps before he spots me, hope in his car and took off.  I was in shock so all I did was yell hey, WTF.  Number one, the ignoramus drove thru a field that wasn't his.  Two...there are trespassing laws in Wisconsin. Number 3 he didn't have 50% of his body clothed in blaze orange. was 10 minutes b4 closing.  5 HE Ruined what should have been a wonderful memory, me hunting from a stand my Uncle helped me position & build, on land that while I never felt I owned it...more like it was a privlidge...filled with pride that I could call it mine....the backwards ignoramus ruined it.   Looking back I wish I would have shot out his back window, but that might not have ended well.  

So I can totally relate.  As years past I found guys in duck skiffs on my ponds, atvs coming thru my woods while I was hunting and I caught a perv looking thru binoculars at my GF laying on our deck.  Practically every person who had ever asked permission I agreed to....but to those who think they can disrespect land rights, trespassing laws, basic human decency...stay off private land.  If you want to be there, ask permission.  If your denied at least you can feel self respect.  Doing otherwise negates any you may have.  

Thanks for sharing your story.   I hope you don't have years of these headaches as I did.  Take Care

10/17/20 @ 9:02 PM
One shot one kill
MEMBER since 8/12/02

My first piece of land  , the land next door was rented out for deer season one year . I had an old guy walk across 120 yards of open land to tell me I was trespassing  . Best part was there was a drainage ditch as a boundary  , and he had to cross it .

10/17/20 @ 2:49 PM
User since 9/27/01

Ran into a guy walking down the logging road shortly after we bought our hunting land. He acted all conversational like he was supposed to be there. I politely informed him that he was on private property and that he had walked past at least two no trespassing signs. He said, "oh Joe musta put them up". I asked who Joe was and he told me that he was the landowner. I told him that wasn't possible as I was the landowner. He said, "oh, Joe don't own this no more? He let me hunt here for years." I knew he was full of it because we bought the land via private sale and the previous landowner's name wasn't Joe. I told him that I didn't like trespassers or liars and told him to get the hell out of there and not to come back or I'd have him fined. Fortunately I haven't seen him since. 

10/16/20 @ 6:05 PM
User since 3/15/08

No group of people is worse for trespassing than the guys who run dogs for bears.  The dogs get on a trail and where the bear goes so do the dogs.  A lot of time they go 3-5 miles crossing countless private parcels.  South of 64 it is not an issue but up north it is a daily routine when bear season is going.  I now just let them on because they will do it anyway, at least they now buy me a drink if I run into them at the saloon.

10/11/20 @ 2:10 PM
MEMBER since 6/15/01

I agree with beefing up the trespassing laws/fines and encourage  stricter enforcement by both police and wardens as they do out west and south... would be another source of revenue, probably help reduce the raiding of cottages and such... maybe even call to add to the number of wardens... plus a lot more other violations caught due to trespassing investigations...

10/8/20 @ 12:38 PM
User since 7/24/01

Some of the same inconsiderate people hunting in the north woods, parking on logging roads so the next guy can't get through. They always have an excuse. 

This is a very easy problem to fix.  And, it's part of the reason I always have a chainsaw in the truck.

10/8/20 @ 10:53 AM
User since 12/14/14

Hopefully the spring hearings topic on wardens enforcing trespassing laws pushes for warden enforcement in the future. I agree with snake, you have to get a little aggressive so they will remember not to come back. Give them an inch and they take a mile. 

Some of the same inconsiderate people hunting in the north woods, parking on logging roads so the next guy can't get through. They always have an excuse.

Good luck,

10/7/20 @ 6:14 PM
MEMBER since 7/9/12

Hang em High or scare the hell out of em so they think you’re crazy. Once they think you’re crazy, they won’t come back on that land. 

10/7/20 @ 2:18 PM
User since 12/20/12

This unfortunate situation would change quickly if Wisconsin treated trespass violations with the same severity as many of our western states. Heavy fines/confiscation along with wardens being the primary enforcer of trespassing makes a huge difference. 

10/7/20 @ 12:31 PM
User since 10/13/05

Unfortunately the "locals" will quickly learn your patterns and treat your property as one of their own.  Even public land will be scoured for trail cameras and tree stands when you may not be there, even when legally put up.  It is the world we now live in.

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