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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-22-2011, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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road trapping question

i am thinking about trying road trapping this year. i never done it before. what are the laws and what are some do's and dont's

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Re: road trapping question

The laws are... every bit of roadside property is private. Gotta get a lot of permission. You'll deal with added theft, nosy neighbors, do-gooder treehuggers, and law enforcement. That said, if you can get permission to do it, have your truck organized enough that you can get in and out when making or checking sets.

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Bob hit the nail on the head. Must have permission. Good luck!

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I might also add parking can be a problem also, mud,ice and being out on the road too far could get you a ticket.
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Re: road trapping question

Please tell me who to ask permission to trap on state right of way,municipal right of way,state forrest,game lands,or flood control.Every culvert or bridge is a pinch point for any animal traveling the watercourse.Stay off private property and use discression for the other issues mentioned.I peronnally refuse to ask permission to trap public property.Private property is another thing.Respect the landowner.I have had state troopers stop and ask if there was a problem.Explain you are trapping and they tell you good luck and have a nice day.
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Please tell me who to ask permission to trap on state right of way,municipal right of way,state forrest,game lands,or flood control.Every culvert or bridge is a pinch point for any animal traveling the watercourse.Stay off private property and use discression for the other issues mentioned.I peronnally refuse to ask permission to trap public property.Private property is another thing.Respect the landowner.I have had state troopers stop and ask if there was a problem.Explain you are trapping and they tell you good luck and have a nice day.
X2 I have also been told the same thing by state troopers
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Re: road trapping question

What state/municipal right-of-way? If you're not standing on pavement you're on private property, unless of course you are in a state forest or game lands. Of course the troopers are not going to give you any problem... until they get a complaint that someone is trespassing.

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Re: road trapping question

most state and county roads are a 50ft wide right of way. the pavement and berm covers approximately 35ft of that.. That's why people think roadside sets are ok. However, it is a right of way, not ownership. You cannot put legally put a set 2 feet off the pavement anymore than you can trap any old gasline or powerline right of way you see.. I know setting bridges is commonplace but as bob said, if the landowner complains, you will not be in the right... Ask permission if you want to do it right.

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Right of ways are not public land, they are right of ways for a purpose on private land. If you own rural land you own to the center of the road. If you own both sides of the road then you own the whole roadway. The state/township/etc. has a right of way for the explicit purpose of public travel only and they maintain it for that purpose. You can't do anything you please in that right of way, you can't just hunt, fish, or set up a roadside stand. Maybe you have a power or gas line across your property, the power company has a right of way on it for one explicit purpose, employess can't hunt, camp, fish, or hold a company picnic on it. The right of way access is ONLY for maintaining the line.

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