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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-06-2011, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Trespassing Laws

I've been a member of HPA for quite some time now. Over the years, I've read topics and posts that made me laugh, angered me, enjoyed all the photos and stories behind them. A lot of the same topics surface year after year. One in particular that never dies is Trespassing. All the horror stories attached to this topic has done one thing for me and that was to swear that I would never ask to hunt or hunt private land period. I don't think people who post their land are bad, evil, or greedy in any way. It's just a battle that I didn't want involved with. But year in and year out it's the same old thing and I see and hear things from other so called hunters that make me sympathize with what private land owners have to endure throughout hunting season.
So with that being said, where would one begin to make a voice heard to try to do something about changing trespass laws? Who should one contact (state rep, governor, ect.) This is something that needs to be fixed, and get the ball rolling, and then maybe more people will jump on board. I'm sure some one has tried before.
Hunters who were supporters of the cross bows stood up in droves and got what they wanted. Sunday hunting is supported by those passionate enough to fight tooth and nail to see that it gets passed. Why not private land owners and those who support better trespass laws? I think that is the most important subject at hand.
How would one get the ball rolling?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-06-2011, 03:44 PM
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Re: Trespassing Laws

There is a dysfunctional group of people in Harrisburg, oftentimes referred to as the General Assembly, that you, or some group, would need to get energized. However, their track record for accomplishing anything of significance, that doesn't directly impact their own personal gain, is poor. Good luck !

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You won't get the need support because we as land owners are vilified by the have nots.
We are greedy, self centered and some how the reason for the HR, AR,and any other of this state short comings when it comes to hunting.
In areas of the state with huge tracts of state land trespassing is not an issue, in more densely populated areas hunting is not a hot button issue, and basically trespassing only becomes front page news for the two weeks of rifle season for most of us, the rest of the year its a moot point.
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There are some tough laws on the books already that cover most trespassing hunter situations. The problem is getting a LEO come out, to write the citation for it, for both the LEO and District Magistrate to take it seriously.

You can go to the Pa courts web site, fill out a private criminal complaint and then file it with the DA's office. Many DA's will then ignore it. Some will have the charges filed. If only a few hunters were charged with misdemeanor trespassing and had to go through the courts system the word would get out and the slobs would start taking it seriously.

I talked to a farmer last night that had problems with kids on dirt bikes running across his hay field. Township Cop told him nothing could be done without posting signs, yet it was clearly motor vehicle trespassing under the vehicle code.

I like Maryland's system in which a private person can fill out an affidavit about what happened and a commissioner issues all charges applicable. The police must go through the same system to have charges issued. Here is PA, it is up to the person or police officer to figure out what law was broken and if they are slightly wrong or put down the wrong citation, charges get dismissed.
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