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Destruction of No Trespassing signs..............

Discussion in 'Michigan Whitetail Deer Hunting' started by Marty H, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Marty H

    Marty H

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    This subject could end up in any of this forums categories but I just need some input on how to proceed. I have a neighbor that has in the past few years gotten rather odd and anti neighborly. Last Sunday I posted our property and for the first time, I put a " No Trespassing " sign in the corner of our property, bordering on his . Today I found that sign jammed into a tree stake in our yard. I called our local CO but he hasn't got back to me but how do the rest of you feel I should proceed ? I've tried to be friendly this summer, trying to get a conversation going but they won't talk to us. I can't figure out what is the problem but am a little concerned on our safety with this kind of behavior.
     
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  2. Bucman

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    Put the sign back up! Make sure your on or inside of your property line. Don't back down you own it period. Use a ladder so they cant reach it so easily. I've had the same issues, don't be discouraged.
     

  3. Walt Donaldson

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    Put it back up, if it happens again, stick the sign in one of his truck tires.
     
  4. Liver and Onions

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    Good move.
    No chance that you put the sign on their tree is there ? Hope to read the results from the CO visit soon.

    L & O
     
  5. motdean

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    Walt's back!

    This is one of those keep it "inside your head" responses..... :eek:

    Seriously, as mentioned, make sure that the tree that you put it on is actually on your property...
     
  6. wildthing

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    It probably would have been wise to contact your neighbor before putting the signs up. I still have to sign a portion of our lines this year and I intend to do that. I plan to tell my neighbor that I am putting signs up - not because I am concerned about him or his son trespassing, but because the entire boundary has to be properly (I believe the law says "conspicuously" or "adequately" posted) in order to prosecute in the event that I do have trespassers. I will tell him that I have captured trail cam photos of several trespassers (which I have) over the past several years and that if I ever get one that I can I.D. I want to prosecute but I have to be legally posted in order to do so.

    I would still contact your neighbor before you put the signs back up.

    Good luck.
     
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  7. Thirty pointer

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    Some people get all wacked out instead of talking first I know this firsthand when a very large tree on my property blew over 1/2 0n my neighbors .The signs went up immediately .I had always been cordial with them and could not under stand .Seems there addict son was cutting firewood for sale that year and he wanted as much wood as he could get .Had they asked I would have gave him the whole tree as it was 48 "at the stump and I would never put the effort into cutting it up .15 years later the big half still sits on my side .
     
  8. jacksonmideerhunter

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    Instead of just "trying to be friendly", have you tried just talking to the guy to see what the issue is? Sometimes its best to just get right to the point instead of beating around the bush. Just explain that you would like and prefer to have a neighborly relationship, and figure out what you, him, or both of you can change to make that happen. Without having that conversation you will probably never figure this out. For all you know you could have accidentally done something to offend them and not even realized it. Or they might think you did something that someone else actually did. Communication is key.
     
  9. HUBBHUNTER

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    When you put new signs up make sure to put a few on your neighbors trees, just to drive your point home.

    Our neighbors went one step further this summer. The property is split by a road but on their side they used caution tape as a border on their property. I'm not sure if there was a murder I missed or they're just really worried about trespassers.
     
  10. Rasputin

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    Replace the sign AND put a trail cam on it. I'm guessing destruction of property is a different thing than trespassing.
     
  11. junkman

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    I would put the signs back up well inside your property line.And I would also put up some game trail cameras watching the signs along with a junk bait camera in an obvious spot.Get pictures and then call the CO and let him handle it.
     
  12. Far Beyond Driven

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    Replace the sign but coat it with, well, something* afterwards.

    *Vaseline, motor oil, the juice in the bottom of a jar of Gulp Bait, drink a huge Slurpee before you head out there, lots of possibilities

    Or see what's up first, and if you're blown off, go crazy with it.
     
  13. November Sunrise

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    The OP described his neighbor as an odd guy who is unwilling to talk with him. In response, he gets a thread filled with recommendations to just "go talk with him."

    All that's now needed is for someone to chime in and blame the OP for the lack of "relationship."

    Good stuff.
     
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  14. jacksonmideerhunter

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    Well when thats the only good option....

    Hell, even sending a letter to the neighbor to break the ice and see what the problem is would be better than some of the "just take it a step further and hope he stops" options that always get brought up on here. Maybe this guy really is just a hopeless ****, but it doesnt sound to me that that can be determined for sure yet at this point without some kind of communication between the two. Just because the guys neighbor doesnt want to make small talk, doesnt mean he wouldnt be willing to hash out whatever the issue is. At least then you know for sure. Since your stuck living next to them regardless.
     
  15. Marty H

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    I've tried talking to them at home or up town and they will not respond. His wife has gone as far as if she's in her truck at the grocery store and sees me walking across the lot , will just lay down in the cab waiting for me to leave. I really haven't a clue what happened. Never had a fight with them.
     
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