For any and every coyote hunter in the State of Michigan; you should become aware of some very important information pertaining to running coyotes with dogs and Michigan trespass law... Michigan Law states that a person has the absolute right to enter onto the land of another person, without permission, if that person enters the private property for the sole purpose of recovering his/her dog. The Law further states that the person entering the property of another must not be in the act of hunting in any form and, have no firearms in their posession while recoving the dog. Basically: "get your dog and getout!" Since this law was enacted in 1994*, Coyote hunters have relied upon it as their "get out of jail free card" with scores of angry and irate private landowners while, as many landowners contend that they use this LAW ( at least part of the law) as a ruse, while they are, in fact, coyote hunting to some degree. Approximately six other States have similar laws on the books that allow for an individual to enter ont private property for the sole purpose of recovering a dog. However, in Michigan, Coyote hunters should read this law in its entirety so that they understand that they, in the great majority of circumstances HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT TO ENTER ONTO THE LAND OF ANOTHER FOR WHATEVER REASON,RECOVERING A DOG AND/OR OTHERWISE! The law is quite explicit here..a person may indeed recover their dog on private property UNLESS that property is "PROTECTED". Within the same law "protected" in the State of Michigan is definedas: "(1) any property that is a farm used for cultivating crops and/or raising animals,(2) fenced and/or,(3)is posted with any no hunting/trespassing" signage that conforms to Michigans minimum signage specifications. Any one or more of these factors FULLY NEGATE the right of an individual to enter onto the property of another, >FOR ANY REASON< unless , as defined by the same Law, that person has VERBAL or WRITTEN permission from the landowner, leaseholder etc. to enter onto the property. The person(s) violating this Law may be charged under Michigan's Recreational Trespass Act and subject to fines and/or imprisonment. Further, if the person(s)fails to immediately leave said property at the instruction of the landowner, that person(s) may be charged under the Michigan CRIMINAL Trespass Law, that contain more severe fines and inprisonment provisions. In addition to the above, the landowner has the right to recover significant monetary damages and/or land-use fees under a CIVIL suit, irrespective of the outcome of any Recrational/Criminal trespass proceedings. This action could be brought against the person(s) that pysically enters upon the private property AND any person(s) that conspire to and/or is in complicity with the act of trespass. Sorry to break the news to you but I think many have known this all along. *NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, ACT 451 of 1994, PART 731: RECREATIONAL TRESPASS, SECTION 324.73101 THROUGH AND INCLUDING 324.73111 Wanna kill these ads? We can help!