Jeff K in IL
Joined: 11/1/2005I have never had issues with trespassers before, and we thought the situation was taken care of. But, my friend and I have permission to hunt a field; bordering that field is a largely un-developed subdivision. Several years back it was re-formed, but since the housing market hit the pooper, the bank took the property over. Right now there is one house in it. The SE section of the property was built as flood control. Since it is still dry, all the cattails provide a great bedding area for deer, and it holds big bucks. Recently a climber showed up on that SE corner; it is on a tree that is on the property to the south, but overlooks that corner. And before the season began another stand showed up, this one being a wooden platform nailed in. We talked with the landowner of the field to the south (the one who’s tree the stands were in), and he said remove them. So, we removed them and left them at the base of a tree, and posted no trespassing signs at the road. Not only are the stands on private property, but the land his is trying to hunt is bank owned, and the banks hardly ever give permission for hunters to use it.
So I am down there today scouting for shotgun season, and notice that stand is back up. This time its got a towing chain wrapped around the tree, with another padlock. I didn’t have anything to smash the padlock with, but I left a note on the stand that it needs to be removed, otherwise I will remove it myself. My buddy is going to check with the neighbors tonight to see if they have seen him down there, but we do know he walks in, so he is local.
If his stand is still there, I will remove it, and leave my phone number. Seems to be the right thing to do considering I could be a real jerk about it.
Is there anything else I am missing?
Joined: 11/28/2008I think you are doing the completely right thing.
I completely despise trespassers and I believe your approach to the problem is the best idea. If he doesn’t stop showing up then I think the only other option would be getting the cops involved, or just hunt from his stand and hope for him to show up.
Joined: 10/3/2006When I find the stand of a tresspasser, I leave a note stating that it be removed in 7 days or it will be confiscated. I go back in 7 days and if it is still there it is mine. Agree or disagree, if you make the crime expensive it will go somewhere less expensive.
Joined: 2/1/2007I would check with who you have permission from. They could have permission as well and you might not know it. Just need to cover that base.
When hunters don’t play well in the sandbox and it gets resolved by the land owner all parties usually loose.
Joined: 7/25/2004Let me see if I follow correctly:
The stands are on the land that you have permission to hunt but are overlooking (set up to hunt) land that is owned by the bank?
IMO, yes, try and find em and inquire on how they came to hunt the spot. You might get the info you need and get it all cleared up at that time. Giving a little respect usually gets a lot in return. If the first paragraph is true, then you can clearly show them the boundaries of the land and explained that they have encroached a little.
You never know, might be a banker (or someone employed by the bank that knows the situation with the property, or possibly the developer that flopped on the loan) that has put the stand up. Ive had similar situations before I got it all resolved in a matter of minutes.
I would check with who you have permission from. They could have permission as well and you might not know it. Just need to cover that base.
When hunters don’t play well in the sandbox and it gets resolved by the land owner all parties usually loose.[/quote:1su4xunn]
Yep, you’re exactly right. If the landowner gets any hassle about any of this it may be detramental to all of you that have permission. Good luck Jeff.
Joined: 9/16/2011I say if it’s on your property and not suppose to be go ahead and take it out of there. They will get the message.I am a hard core backwoodsman and pround of it, JACK!I think I would leave a note saying how to contact the land owner and make sure you say that he is the land owner and take the stand to the land owner. That’s what I do and most time they never come looking for their stand.Since the landowner said to remove them,that’s just what I would do
Joined: 11/9/2012Call your DNR, let them handle it, only way to curb them is to have them arrested / cited and pay that hefty fine
Location: Call me...867-5309I think Uncle Bucky is right on…
Or, if you are sure it’s on property where it’s not supposed to be, you could take it down and deliver it to the Sheriff’s department. Leave a note on the tree telling the guy where he can pick it up.The end is near....
Location: Van Wert County, Ohio
I think Uncle Bucky is right on…
Or, if you are sure it’s on property where it’s not supposed to be, you could take it down and deliver it to the Sheriff’s department. Leave a note on the tree telling the guy where he can pick it up.[/quote:1cchsb63]
Jeff K in IL
Joined: 11/1/2005Good luck getting the DNR officer out here. I know for a fact the stand is on property owned by a local farmer. We have already talked to him to make sure no one has permission, and he doesn’t allow anyone to hunt his land. But, the way this person has positioned the stand, it overlooks this corner of tall grass/cattails. That corner is owned by the bank. We talked with a house owner on the top of the hill, and he hasn’t seen anyone out there. We have a sneaking suspicion that it is actually this guy on the hill. He was telling us that he shoots guns. If it is him, we made it very clear that we will get the police or DNR involved to resolve it, because the stand is indeed on private land.
If its not him, then it is the guy that lives across the road, which is about a 700yd walk.
Location: MNI have a friend in AFROTC that had accidentally posted his stand on private land (old plat book), and the land owner took his stand, but left his number to get it back.-Isaak
Joined: 12/10/2009Do you have permission to hunt where the stands are located or not? I can not stand trespassers, but you don’t know the whole story it sounds like to me.
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