Trespassers, what to do?

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  1. martini77

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    I've got 10 acres, predominantly mature oaks, surrounded by private land. Last fall I observed a bunch of freshly cut small branches by a couple of trees. I came to the conclusion that someone was using a climber on a couple bigger trees. I didn't see anybody, but I can't be out there everyday. Fast forward to today, walking around and observe the same thing on a different big oak. Small branches with green leaves cut and scattered about. I know the neighbors, I can see their blinds from my property and they are too old to be in a climber so I don't suspect it's them. Cameras are easy to see, so not sure that will catch them.

    Any ideas on how to catch this low life.

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  3. wpmisport

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    Talk to the neighbors, it may be a relative.
     
  4. Thirty pointer

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    Squirrels can cut small branches to make it easier to gather the acorns then drop them .
     
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  5. martini77

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    I should try to talk to the 3 neighbors, the one has 40 plus acres behind me, the other has 20 next to me and the third had 10 that butts up to mine. There are t-posts on that side but no signage. That particular neighbor likes to get into the woods at 8:30 in the morning so I don't like talking to him. Lol. As for squirrels, the limbs definitely look cut and after around only one tree this year.

    Plus it's pretty early to be in a climber if it is.

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  6. theangler

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    I'd put cameras on the route they'd be taking. Or I'd set out there and wait for them lol. First, I would talk to the neighbors.

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    I found two tree stands during the last bait ban...along with an empty bag.

    I called the DNR and received the feedback that I should keep an eye out for them and when I saw them, not to approach them but to call the RAP hotline.

    instead, I fixed a couple of No Trespassing signs to the trees.

    The next time I went out there, the stands were gone, but the signs were left.

    It was an easy fix.
     
  8. Waif

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    Study the trees trunk a little for friction markings.

    Not saying you are not seeing human cut stuff.
    But scattered adds more scent than leaving trimmings where they fall.
    Been a while since climbing , but small stuff can be climbed over.
    For room or visibility from a stand , one good sized cut beats multiples.

    You might study stuff from the perspective of a polesaw being used.
    Rather obvious to get caught tromping about with though.

    Squirrels do drop a lot when cutting and gathering nest materials. Then drop more below nests.

    I spotted a porky up in an oak one fall. It seemed to be pulling smaller branches towards it's face.
    And no , I'm not familiar with porkies eating acorns.

    Your camera(s) can watch the tree. In hopes they don't get messed with.
     
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    if they are using a climber you could just screw some 2x4s into the tree so their climber is useless. Put a camera out facing the cut trees...
     
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    If a climber went up the tree you would see some marks. If small limbs had been cut off you would be able to tell. Agree with the member who mention the possibility of squirrels dropping small twigs/branches from above.

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    Had that problem after we'd bought it from my father-in-law a few years ago and I just simply left a note on the tree . Got a knock on the door a few days later and the guy claimed he had permission from the owner [ someone I'd never heard of] informed him I was the new owner and didn't want him in there. No more problems from him but had to kick his 18 year old son off the property a couple of times until I contacted the father and all trespassing stopped .
     
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    Thanks for the input, went out and hung signs on the two sides they would be coming from. The branches appear to have chop marks, could be squirrels I guess. I hung a couple cameras 12+ feet up some smaller trees facing down to hopefully observe what is going on

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  13. martini77

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    Forgot to mention that there are some faint marks on the trunk. Time will tell
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    Last years marks on the tree?? Why would they be climbing up there with a climber now before the season starts? Sumpin doesn’t pass the smell test.


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    Cameras up about 8 foot up in a tree if you can make that work. I use a climber and you can tell the markings on a tree after a couple of hunts.
     
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