Re: Saw absolutely no "Posted" signs for 40 miles
Trailman, perhaps NOT how selfish we have become, but how inconsiderate, disrespectful and slob-like too many of the common citizens have become.
As for the ability to pass and hunt, the first constitution preserved the right to hunt "unenclosed lands". But before you get too excited about that, consider that "unenclosed" didn't mean fenced, but meant unclaimed/unsettled. At the time not all of PA was sold and staked with claims. In 1767, Sir William Blackstone wrote that the law deemed all land to be surrounded by a fence whether visible or invisible and described trespassing with the archaic term "breaking the close" So unenclosed meant land that was not yet owned and settled. Such land was unenclosed with boundaries.
Keep in mind that people in days of yore wouldn't dream of damaging what did not belong to them and the overwhelming majority of those who passed by and through were of no concern to the landowners. Farmers didn't worry about saturday night drunks shooting cows and ponies for fun, or tearing up fields and fences with ATV's and 4wd pick up trucks. There was no common law RIGHT to pass. Owners having less to fear from passersby who far were less prone to cause damage were of simply no consequence to each other. On the other hand, it is documented by Blackstone that owners had the right to seize trespassing livestock, even horses from under their riders, and hold them until paid for the damages. He makes it clear that ANY unconsented entry onto, over or under the property was an actionable trespass.