How does the saying go? Good fences make good neighbors? If that’s the case, what do posted signs make?
|Two posted signs and a property marker tied onto the tree
After a few incidents last year, Dad and I spent Saturday putting up posted signs around the piece of property. It is kinda of sad to think about the changes over the past few years and how it used to not be an issue: people knew who owned what pieces of land and who hunted on them. There was a respect for owners and when they said no to hunting, it was respected.
Last year, I was yelled at while sitting in my tree seat, we had people walking along the edge of our property and our neighbor had hunters that he did not know, sit in his blind and hunt. There is a total disrespect for land owner rights and what they say is and is not ok on their property.
Sadly, as a result, we posted the land. As did our property neighbors. We have worked hard to build up the habitat, keep our little herd healthy and the last thing we want are trespassers thinking that they can hunt without getting the ok from us.
Something like 90% of the land in Maine is privately owned and I know that there are some great programs in place to help keep that land open to hunting but for us, that means posting it and keeping it clean and healthy and not open to the public.
Hopefully, we the 2015 season kicks off, I wont have any stories of unwanted hunters to report on!