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post #1 of 251 (permalink) Old 08-24-2010, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Be easy on me please. I was visiting another site and some one from Pa put up a post about how in Pa you can hunt any land that isn't posted. If you do post it, it has to have the owners name and signs have to be so far apart for the signs and so on other wise anyone can hunt it.

Before I get into a peeing match with him and set the post right I need to know if this is true or not. It was always my believe that even if there are no signs stating no trespassing a hunter doesn't have the right just to walk onto someones property and hunt.

I always hunt public land so it doesn't matter to me but maybe I could set this guy straight if he is wrong and prevent some one from getting into trouble. Thanks
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Re: ? on non posted land

Your question is going to get a lot of good answers, so I will keep it brief.

No!!! You can not go on someone's land without permission. Doesn't matter if it is posted or not.

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You are correct....he is wrong.

Now, having said that, there are some landowners that will look at you like you're from outer space if you ask to hunt their property that isn't posted....these are almost always old school farmers/timber guys though. Just my experience growing up in a small town.
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Re: ? on non posted land

He is wrong. Rather than get into a skunk match with him, just ask him to cite the law that says you can trespass on on posted property, make him prove what he says.

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The problem is where is the enforcement of these laws? John S, have you ever cited anyone or had them arrested for trespassing in your years as an officer?
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WCOs can only arrest for trespass if the trespasser was violating the game and wildlife code while trespassing, there must be a game law violation first.

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I know the game commission does there best John, but the police do not enforce the law correctly. Go to Texas, Montana, or anywhere out west and see what happens when someone crosses a boundary line and hunts. It is called trespassing with a deadly weapon in many states.

That is why people say you you can hunt not posted land like North Dakota. There is no enforcement and when someone legally tries to post their land and prosecute, there are loopholes that allow the offender to get out of the charges.
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Spunky,

The law seems pretty clear to me. I believe the other posters are incorrect, and in fact, your friend is correct.

The breakdown of states that require posting to exclude
hunters/fishermen/outdoorsmen is as follows:
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana,
Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North
Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont,
Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin
I have been told that a trespass violation cannot be enforced in
Pennsylvania, unless a land owner has placed NO TRESPASSING signs at
intervals not to exceed 50
feet around the entire property. The signs must be signed, dated, and
replaced annually. Signs must be placed on their own standard, not on
trees or posts.


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There is alot of gray in your article. He led into some of his statements with "I Heard" which draws me to believe he really doesn't know.

Trespassing in PA and the laws are a joke when it comes to enforcement. Until there is a firm line drawn in the sand like other states, it will always be a complete mess. It should not be the requirement of the landowner to post his property if he want to keep people off land he maintains, pays taxes, and etc.
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This has been hashed over on here numerous times. You CAN NOT hunt on private property posted or not posted without permission period.

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