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Having private hunting property gives you access to hunt whenever you want, but it unfortunately can tempt other hunters to use the property without permission. What can you do to prevent other hunters from hunting on your property without your permission?

Place Numerous Private Property Signs

Place multiple private property signs around your property. Private property signs can be found in many stores and can be a simple way to deter trespassing. Some hunters may legitimately not know that your land is private property. Placing the signs throughout your property makes it clear that you own the land. Hunters that were scouting on your land by accident should stay away once you put the signs up. If you are open to allowing hunters on your property with your permission, place a sign that indicates your willingness to discuss. The sign could read, “Private Property. If interested in hunting this land, please contact the landowner.” Then, leave whatever contact information you’re comfortable giving. You could create an email address specifically for hunting requests. Doing this allows you to control how many hunters are hunting your property and makes it obvious to potential hunters that the land is not for public use.

Trail Cameras Can Monitor More Than Just the Herd

The same trail cameras you use to monitor your deer can help you catch trespassers. The mere presence of the trail cameras may be enough to deter hunters. When they see that your trail cameras are catching them red-handed, they will, hopefully, back off. If they continue to trespass regardless of the trail cameras, then you have photographic proof that they were hunting on your property. Not only will you capture the person trespassing, you’ll be able to date and time-stamp the exact moment they came through your property.

Occupy the Best Hunting Locations Yourself

Another way to deter unsolicited hunting is by taking up the best hunting locations on your property yourself. Place your blinds or treestands in the prime hunting locations. This way, if another hunter tries to use your property, they will have to use your equipment or move on. It will force them to hunt on foot or risk being caught using your blind. If you point a trail camera directly at your set-up, you’ll catch anyone trying to use it immediately.

Don’t Make it Obvious

If you can, try to avoid placing your blind, treestand, feeders, and water system anywhere that’s visible from the road. If passers-by can see that your land is clearly a hunting property, they may be tempted to stop and check it out. Make sure there is some sort of barrier blocking your equipment from the road.

How Can You Tell?

Be on the lookout for signs that other hunters have been on your property. Look for things like: trash, boot-prints, damaged or flattened foliage, or blood trails from removing harvested wildlife. Less obvious signs may come from the deer’s behavior. If you find that the deer have changed their usual location and are moving around your property, this may indicate that they are running from another hunter.

What to Do

If you discover someone trespassing, keep the exchange civil. Don’t immediately assume the hunter deliberately ignored your signs. Hear them out and have a discussion. Let them know that it is private property and show proof if needed. Exchange contact information if possible. Save all trail camera photos of hunters for future evidence if necessary.

How do you prevent other hunters from trespassing on your property? Let us know in the comments!

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