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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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My son was hunting a piece of property we have hunted for years. A local police officer stops him and tells him that person walking his dog saw hunting and called the police. So the officer tells my son he can't hunt there and is trespassing. My son says that the dog walker must have been trespassing as well. He then tells my son that he thinks he is hunting too close to a house. So my son tells him he's over 200 yards away and infact left the deer walk by because he wasn't sure of the backstop. So the officer says the law requires a distance of 300 yds. The officer then says the owner does not allow hunting but the land is not posted. He asks the officer who the owner was and he didn't know. Then the officer tells my son that last week the game warden caught someone with a untagged deer so they don't want anybody hunting there. Understand the conversation was very cordial and the officer very nice but to me the whole thing stinks. He asks for my son's ID which he gives him and the officer runs a records check, nothing. Gives his ID back and tells him if he is caught there against n he will be arrested. Spoke to the owner and he said he prefers that people don't hunt there because of liabilities but he wouldn't prosecute anybody. We are no longer hunting there.
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Sorry to hear about it🙁 another example of slobs ruining it for the rest us. Also sounds like the cop needs to read up on the game laws.
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Apparently the landowner doesn't understand that, unless hunters pay to hunt on his land, he cannot be held liable for injuries incurred by people he gave permission to hunt.

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Apparently the landowner doesn't understand that, unless hunters pay to hunt on his land, he cannot be held liable for injuries incurred by people he gave permission to hunt.
Exactly this
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post #5 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 11:20 PM
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Help me understand.

“My son was hunting a piece of property we have hunted for years.”
This fact does not give you license, (permission), to hunt there

“but the land is not posted”
Private land is private land whether posted or not.
You in fact were trespassing.

What’s your issue?
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post #6 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-10-2019, 06:57 AM
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evidently someone forgot to check with the landowner to see if they could still hunt on his property, which should be done yearly
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Sounds like he was trespassing...
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post #8 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-10-2019, 07:36 AM
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Sorry to hear about it🙁 another example of slobs ruining it for the rest us. Also sounds like the cop needs to read up on the game laws.

Sounds more like the cop is a charter member of the PETA Liars Club.

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Help me understand.

“but the land is not posted”
Private land is private land whether posted or not.
You in fact were trespassing.
Since the OP/son did not have prior notice (sign/verbal/fencing) against trespass on this property, they were not trespassing per Pa. law.

Since notice has now been given (verbal), if they now returned to the property they will be guilty of trespass per Pa. law.

Good luck, Tony
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Sorry to hear you lost your spot. That blows. I almost did exactly what happened to you this year. I had a spot that it was always a pain to track down the landowner for annual permission . After about 15 years of stopping multiple times per year he told me not to ask anymore just hunt. I was going to hunt it this year and was talking to a friend and told him I was going to hunt the property and he let me know the property was sold and the guy who bought it wasn't allowing hunting. I need to find the new owner and make sure I can remove 2 stands I have on the property.
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